This site can help you navigate the new and different expectations you will encounter when doing research at the college-level. The site provides basic information you will need to know right away when you start doing research, as well as important advice, explanations, and useful strategies.
Get a head start on your Research Project by using Subject-Specific Encyclopedias. They can help you identify a good topic or develop a research question.
Encyclopedia of Modern Asia
2004 ed. Emphasizes people, places, events, and developments that have had a lasting influence on Asia, also covering Asian relations with Western nations, the relations between nations within Asia, and also the flow of people, goods, and ideas within Asia and globally.
Encyclopedia of Modern China
2009 ed. Information on the most populous country and most dynamic trade market in the world: the people, politics, economics, religion, philosophy, traditions, art, and literature of this ancient and enduring civilization are explored from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the present day.
Pop Culture China!: Media, arts, and lifestyle
2007 ed. An up-to-date introduction to all facets of popular culture in China.
Brill's encyclopedia of China CASE Ref. DS721 .G88413 2009
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2009. More encyclopedias on China can be found in Case Ref & Main DS700s
Handbook of Chinese Mythology
2005 ed. An informative work of historical and contemporary Chinese myths, including a collection of historical documents, detailing myths as they live and change in China today.
Encyclopedia of Asian culture CASE Ref. - DS12 .E53 1999
1999. The various chapters in this book are largely based on articles contributed to Asian Pacific culture, a cross-cultural magazine of the Asian Cultural Centre for UNESCO
Cambridge Histories Online
Currently the collection contains more than 258 digitized volumes from the esteemed Cambridge Histories series covering 15 subject areas. Useful for locating background information in almost any subject in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences.
Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion
2005 ed. Surveys clothing, body adornment, and examines the origins of clothing, the development of fabrics and technologies, and the social meanings of dress. Also presents information on representative costumes from a wide variety of historical eras.
Fashion, Costume, and Culture: Clothing, Headwear, Body Decorations, and Footwear through the Ages
2004 ed. Provides a broad overview of costume traditions of diverse cultures from prehistoric times to the present day. Explores how and why items were created, the people who made them, and their uses. This set shows how clothing, headwear, body decorations, and footwear reflect the different cultural, religious, and societal beliefs.
Encyclopedia of Food & Culture
2002 ed. Presents articles on food and its place in human culture and society, including entries on everything from food preparation, distribution and storage to holidays and festivals, nutrition and health, and cultures and cuisines.
International encyclopedia of marriage and family
2003 ed. Adopts an international, cross-cultural approach to such diverse topics in marriage and family issues such as adolescent parenthood, cohabitation, widowhood, domestic violence, and commuter marriages. Also examines the history of family life within different cultures and discussing how families have been affected by political and social change.
Marriage Customs of the World: From Henna to Honeymoons
2004 ed. An encyclopedia of marriage rites, traditions, and beliefs from around the world, ranging from ancient practices to contemporary ceremonies.
Oxford encyclopedia of theatre & performance
Countries & Their Cultures
2001 ed. Focuses on cultures and countries around the world, specifically what is and is not shared culturally by the people who live in a particular country. Entries contain descriptive summaries of the country in question, including demographic, historical, cultural, economic, religious, and political information.
Europa World Plus
Coverage: current. the online version of the Europa World Year Book, covering political and economic information in more than 250 countries and territories.
Newspaper from Taiwan
World News Connection
New interface! Coverage: 1995-2013; extremely limited 1994. Translations from more than 800 non-U.S. media sources, including news articles, Web sites, broadcasts, periodicals, government press releases, and non-classified technical reports. Information is available within 24-72 hours from original publication or broadcast. Earlier content is available from Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports 1974-1996 on the Newsbank platform.ProQuest interface (2006- ) disappearing in 2014, available from the Databases A-Z list
Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports
Coverage: 1974-1996. Translations of foreign radio and television broadcasts, news agency transmissions, newspapers, periodicals, and government statements from foreign countries. Series 1 through 6 have been released. They cover Africa, Asia, East Europe, Latin American, and the Middle East.
Data (World Bank)
Population Reference Bureau DataFinder
PRB focuses on four core themes: Reproductive Health and Fertility; Children and Families; Population and the Environment; and Population Futures - Aging, Inequality and Poverty, Migration and Urbanization, and Gender.
Polling the Nations
Coverage: 1986- present. A compilation of surveys conducted by over 1000 polling organizations in the United States and 100 other countries.
China Data Online
Coverage: current. Provides access to monthly reports, yearbooks, monthly reports, and census data.
UNdata is the United Nations Data Access System which provides access to current, relevant and reliable statistics. Some data goes back 60 years. The domains covered are agriculture, education, energy, industry, labour, national accounts, population and tourism. You can also find indicators such as Millennium Development Goals. UNdata also has links to a very large number of national data and statistics organizations and agencies.
International historical statistics. Africa, Asia and Oceania CASE REF HA4675 .M552
Latest volume covers 1750-2005.
Guide to APA citations
Diana Hacker's guide to the APA style, including in-text citations and list of references.
Diana Hacker's Research and Documentation Online
Free online version of Hacker's famous guide to citing research. Excellent resource, and works as a great online addition to the Writer's Guide.
Maintained by Chris Davidson at Northwestern University. List of links to the official websites of national governments.
Official Government Web Pages
Maintained by Richard Kimber, University of Keele, UK, retired. More up-to-date than Gunnar Anzinger's.
Visualizing Cultures (MIT)
This rare Chinese periodical, Modern Sketch (Shi Dai Man Hua) for 1934 to 1937 contains caricatures, cartoons, and humorous writing that defined the golden era of Shanghai’s comic art during the mid-1930’s. MIT also has an online exhibition of this material with additional pages.
a database of over 2 million freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute
Asian Maps - Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
Contains images of hundreds of maps of Asian nations, major cities, and more. Provided by the University of Texas, Austin.
Spatial Explorer of Religion
The title of this interactive mapping tool is slightly misleading. This sites focuses on China, and religion is only one of a number of features that can be mapped. You can create maps of China and export them as PDFs or JPEGs.