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HY 104: History of Asian Civilization II: Finding Books

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.

Search Google Books

Part of Google's library-scanning project. Only books in the public domain are shown in full text. Others may have just a citation or show selected pages from the book. Remember, you can check SOUTHcat to see if we have a book you find in Google Books if the full text is not available.

Google Book Search


Use WorldCat to find all books on a specific subject, not just titles owned by USA.  To request a book through InterLibrary Loan, select the ILL link in WorldCat.


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 ("india history")
    • Truncation – use ? after the root of a word to find all its variants (chin? finds China, Chinese)
    • Browse the Subject(s) field in records to find the right words for searches. (Example: Try doing a keyword search for "sepoy rebellion," then look at the subject(s) field in several records. You’ll see that the subject term is "India--History--Sepoy Rebellion, 1857-1858." 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 database, 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 keyword search on SOUTHcat, since "and" is automatically added 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.

"sepoy mutiny"
"indian mutiny"
india 1857
rebellion 1857
"qing dynasty"
china "may fourth"
imperialism asia?
nationalism asia?
india biography
asia "social life and custom?"
asia? history reform?
"east asia" history
"foreign relation?" japan?
"great britain" colon? "19th century"
india "politics and government" 
japan? meiji
gandhi? political
"taiping rebellion"

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