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.
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.. Particularly useful are the Regional Histories volumes
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.
Pop Culture China!: Media, arts, and lifestyle
2007 ed. An up-to-date introduction to all facets of popular culture in China.
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 An informative work of historical and contemporary Chinese myths, including a collection of historical documents, detailing myths as they live and change in China today.
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 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.
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
2003 ed. This encyclopedia provides authoritative and up-to-date information about theatre and performance from ancient Greek theatre to the latest developments in London, Paris, New York, and around the globe. In addition to performances in playhouses, it covers dance, opera, radio, film, television, and popular performance, including carnivals, circus, and public executions. Entries range from short definitions of terms to lengthy considerations of genres and movements, such as feminism and psychoanalytic criticism. Entries on cities and regions place performance in its local social and political context.CASE Ref. - PN2035 .O94 2003
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.
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.
a database of over 2 million freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute
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.
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.
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.
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.