Skip to main content Vassar College Libraries

Vassar College Libraries

Vassar College

East Asian History

A guide to assist student researchers in Mr. Soon's History classes.

Databases aka Article Indexes

Books

If you request a book from another library that you would like to recommend Vassar adds to our collection, you can submit an acquisitions request using this form (if you enter the book's ISBN it will auto-fill the rest of the citation information). 

Notice Subject Headings

  • Library of Congress Subject Headings are the classification system that determines the call numbers on library books
  • Make a list of Subject Headings related to your topic because it is useful language for searching databases and other academic library catalogs, even if you disagree with the language itself.
  • When you identify subject headings, and therefore areas of the library stacks, that are key to your topic, spend time browsing the shelves in that area.  You will always find something through the serendipity of looking in the right place that would have escaped your notice just searching the catalog!

Journals

Articles in scholarly journals must have citations and footnotes, and generally go through a peer-review process.

About Book Reviews: Book reviews are included in most scholarly journals. Another way to search for scholarly book review is by searching a book title in DISCOVER, which is located in the yellow box at the center of the library home page, toggled on the same tab as the library catalog. When you search discover for book reviews or scholarly articles, pay attention to the citations and notice what scholarly journal your article or review is published in.

H-Net - H-Asia is a great source for book reviews of scholarly titles. H-Net is the one of the exceptions to the rule about avoiding academic articles and book reviews found online.  This is a reliable website administered from University of Michigan's History Department and contribute to by an "international interdisciplinary organization of scholars and teachers".

Vassar Home | Digital Media Zone | Learning, Teaching & Research Center
Vassar College Libraries, Box 20, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY, 12604-0020
845.437.5760 | librarysitemgr@vassar.edu