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HY 103: History of Asian Civilization I: Finding Books

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Subscription E-Books

The USA Libraries subscribe to several subscription e-book collections. These collections tend to focus on a specific discipline or field of study in their coverage.


To find books and government documents in USA Libraries' collections, use SOUTHcat: USA Libraries' Catalog.

  • Catalog tips and tricks:
    • Keyword searches – use quotation marks to hold phrases together ("ching dynasty")
    • Truncation – use ? after the root of a word to find all its variants (japan? finds japan, japanese)
    • Browse the Subject(s) field in records to find the right words for searches. (Example: Try doing a keyword search for "ming dynasty," then look at the subject(s) field in several records. You’ll see that the subject term is "China --History --Ming dynasty, 1368-1644." Click the subject heading to find more records with this subject.)
  • Revise and refine your searches.
  • Watch for repeating call numbers and browse stacks in that area.
  • Pay attention to the Location and Status fields. You will need this information to locate the item in the library.

Suggested Search Terms

Below are some suggested search terms to use when searching the SOUTHcat catalog or library databases. Search techniques may vary with each databases, so look at help screens or ask a librarian for suggestions about using quotation marks and truncation symbols.

Leave out the word "and" when doing a single keyword searches on SOUTHcat, since "and" is automatically added between words if the phrase is not in quotes. Put phrases in quotation marks to search as a phrase. Use ? as a truncation or wildcard symbol in the catalog. SOUTHcat will ignore internal punctuation in a word, for example: ching will find ch'ing.

chin? history
China histor? fiction
asia? history
"ming dynasty"
asia? biograph?
japan heian
"ching dynasty"
japan "foreign relations"
"neo confucian?"
japan kamakura
korea "politics and government"
"han dynasty"
"heian period"
"tang dynasty"
"mogul empire"
japan "social life and customs"
korea? ruler?
asia? religio?
asia? philosoph?
footbinding china
china "social conditions"
japan? "tea ceremony"
choson dynasty
literature chin?


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