HIST 103F: Religion and Rebellion in Modern East Asia

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Research guide for History 103F, Instructor: Stalker

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Background Sources - Examples

These are just a few examples of possible background sources on the general subject of Asia.  To find more, search OskiCat by keywords (example:  asia encyclopedias, china history dictionaries, etc.) or browse the reference collections of Doe Library and the East Asian Library.

Note that in OskiCat,  "Doe Reference - Reference Hall" refers to the hall that includes the reference desk; "Doe Reference" refers to the North Reading Room; see floor plan.

Encyclopedia of modern Asia

Historical dictionary of the Republic of Korea

Historical dictionary of postwar Japan

Encyclopedia of China : the essential reference to China, its history and culture

China : a historical and cultural dictionary

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The Cambridge encyclopedia of China
Call #: Anthropology DS705 .C35 1991 Doe Reference DS705 .C35 1991 East Asian Reference DS705 .C35 1991
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To find books, DVDs, maps, sound recordings, manuscripts, and much more - everything except articles - use a library catalog.

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Call numbers are on the spine of the book; learn how to read them so you can find what you need on the shelves.

Search OskiCat

Search OskiCat for both primary and secondary sources.  Examples:

1.  keywords; narrowing your search terms

(keywords)  white lotus
(keywords)  white lotus rebellion
(keywords)  white lotus sect

2.  keywords; truncation; finding official subject terms

(keywords)  korea* religion* japan* rule*

 * = truncation symbol/wildcard for variant word endings
ex:  immigra* = immigrant immigrants immigration etc.

look at the titles and official subject terms and find other terms; limit by language

(subject): korea history japanese occupation

modify search

language:  english

3.  advanced search

subject:  hong xiquan
language:  english

subject:  korea religion
language:  english

subject:  korea church history 20th century
language:  english

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Search an article database to find citations (title, author, title of journal, date, page numbers) for articles on a particular topic.  The Library gives you access to over 200 article databases covering different disciplines.

1.  Think about which academic disciplines might write about your topic.  Examples:  literature, film, anthropology, history...

2.  Find the appropriate article database by subject (academic discipline or department).  Look for "Recommended" databases.

Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject

Searching Article Databases for Secondary Sources

Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject > H > History > Historical Abstracts (scholarly secondary sources)

religion*  (select a field - optional)
(select a field - optional)
japanese occupation
  (select a field - optional)

hm, want more; eliminate a term:

religion*  (select a field - optional)
(select a field - optional)
   (select a field - optional)

advanced search

Historical period from:  1900 to 1945

Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject > Religion > ATLA

religion*  (select a field - optional)
(select a field - optional)
   (select a field - optional)

Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject > East Asian Studies > Bibliography of Asian Studies


(entire record)  aum shinrikyo

country:  japan

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UC-eLinks - Find Article Text/Location

Once you've searched a database to find articles, you may need to use UC-eLinks orange logo to link to a PDF or html file if the full text is not immediately available. Each database is a bit different, but a good rule of thumb is this: when you see the Uc-eLinks icon click on it to view your article access options, which can range from full text to a call number to an Interlibrary Loan request:

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For more information, here's a tutorial on using UC-eLinks.

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Library home > Articles > General Article Databases > JSTOR

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Find Dissertations

Find Dissertations by searching Dissertations and Theses (Dissertation Abstracts) Full Text, which indexes graduate dissertations from over 1,000 North American, and selected European, graduate schools and universities from 1861 to the present. Dissertations published since 1980 include brief abstracts written by the authors and some feature 24-page excerpts. The database offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997 and some full text coverage for older graduate works.

Also see Find Dissertations and Theses for other specialized sources. Dissertations completed at UC Berkeley can be found in OskiCat, using the feature allowing you to limit to dissertations/theses:

Dissertations/Theses in Oskicat

Older dissertations not available full text may be obtained through Interlibrary Loan or using the "Request" option in Melvyl.

Primary Sources

Primary sources can be found in a variety of library tools:

For specific search strategies, see the Library's Guide to Finding Historical Primary Sources

Learn more about your topic in advance:

Use the bibliographies of secondary sources and reference sources to find citations to specific primary sources; search OskiCat to locate them on campus, or ask for assistance at the Library.

Searching OskiCat for Primary Sources

Search OskiCat for primary sources using keywords and adding terms that denote primary sources, such as:

-personal narratives


(keywords) taiping rebellion sources
language:  english

Search by author:

(author)  hong xiquan

Also try limiting by date:

advanced keyword

(keywords)  taiping

language:  english

years:  1800  to 1900

finding newspapers by country:

(any field)  korea* newspapers
language:  english
books or journals:  journals/magazines/newspapers

note:  don't confuse the first date of publication of the newspaper with the dates that we actually own - ask for assistance if you're not sure what we have

alternative:  ask at the Newspapers/Microforms Room for a computer printout of newspaper titles by geographical location.

Primary Sources Databases - Examples

Primary Source Databases - Sample Searches

Historical Newspapers Online (Times of London, some full text)

NOTE:  remember to think about the terminology, spelling and transliteration that might have been used at the time!

Combined Indexes/Palmer's Full Text

1.    keyword:     soochow
       select decade:  1860-1869

2.   keyword:  major gordon
major heading:  china
      specify date range:  from 1855 January 1
                                       to   1864 December 31  (note:  maximum 10 years)

House of Commons Parliamentary Papers


keyword:  taiping

subject:  china

click on full text  to view text; pages with hits are marked with a box; pages with tables and graphs are also noted

Contemporary English Language News Sources from Asia

Sample Searches - News Sources from Asia

Access World News

click on the map or the list of continents and browse to the countries you're interested in (this will limit your search to news sources from those countries - mostly English language)

note that China, Hong Kong and Taiwan are of course listed separately

note that the 2nd search box defaults to "date" - change it to all text if you prefer

if the search is too broad, consider changing the search from All Text to Lead/First Paragraph; example:

Lead/First paragraph  falun gong

Lexis-Nexis Academic

under "Research Countries" click on Browse Sources

2. Filter by:  Countries: 

you can select Asia, or further down, a specific country)

3.  Publication Type:  News

select appropriate category (ex:  Newspapers)

select each title that you're interested in

above and to the right of "Trail:  Publication Type" etc., click on  OK Continue (red button)

search terms:  aum shinrikyo

once you have search results, you can narrow them down:

search within results:  trial*


How to Avoid Plagiarism

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This content is part of the Understanding Plagiarism tutorial created by the Indiana University School of Education.

Zotero Tips

If you've never used Zotero before, use the QuickStart Guide to get started.

Change your preferences if you want  Zotero to

To use Zotero to find specific articles in our library's databases, set up the Open URL resolver with this link: http://ucelinks.cdlib.org:8888/sfx_local? 

An in-depth discussion of the relative virtues of Endnote and Zotero,


Citing Your Sources

The UCB Library Guide to Citing Your Sources discusses why you should cite your sources and links to campus resources about plagiarism.  It also includes links to guides for frequently used citation styles.  Also:

Citation Management Tools

Citation management tools help you manage your research, collect and cite sources, organize and store your PDFs, and create bibliographies in a variety of citation styles.  Each one has its strengths and weaknesses, but all are easier than doing it by hand!

  1. Zotero: A free plug-in for the Firefox browser: keeps copies of what you find on the web, permits tagging, notation, full text searching of your library of resources, works with Word, and has a free web backup service. Zotero is also available as a stand-alone application that syncs with Chrome and Safari, or as a bookmarklet for mobile browsers.
  2. RefWorks - web-based and free for UC Berkeley users. It allows you to create your own database by importing references and using them for footnotes and bibliographies, then works with Word to help you format references and a bibliography for your paper. Use the RefWorks New User Form to sign up.
  3. EndNote: Desktop software for managing your references and formatting bibliographies. You can purchase EndNote from the Cal Student Store

Tip: After creating a bibliography with a citation management tool, it's always good to double check the formatting; sometimes the software doesn't get it quite right.

Exporting from Bibliography of Asian Studies to Refworks

1.  select items you wish to export

2. click on the "Selected" link to view the items you have selected

3.  click on Export to RIS

4.  when prompted, save the file

5.  login to Refworks

6.  From the References menu, click on Import

7.  From the "Import Filter/Data Source" menu, select RIS Format (NOT Bibliography of Asian Studies, for some reason)

     From the "Database" menu, select RIS Format

     Select Text File:  browse to find the RIS file you exported in steps 3 and 4 above

     click on Import

note:  if you are using Mozilla Firefox and have Zotero installed, Zotero will automatically grab the RIS file.  If you want to export that file to Refworks, switch to a different browser.

Why Can't I Just Use Google?

If you want to use Google for research, use Google Books or Google Scholar.

Use the Advanced Search for more searching options.

Remember that Google Books search results do not necessarily include the full text of the book; some include no text at all, some include a limited preview (only some pages of the book).

When you use Google Scholar, make sure to update your Scholar Preferences (see below) so you'll be able to use UC e-links to find the UC Berkeley library locations/online availability of the articles.

Step 1: If you haven't already done this, set up your proxy server access by following the directions at http://proxy.lib.berkeley.edu/. When you get to a point where you are accessing resources that the Library pays for, you will be prompted for your CalNet ID and password. For more help see: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/doemoff/tutorials/proxy.html

Step 2: Change your “Scholar Preferences.” Access these by clicking on the small icon in the upper right of the screen.

Step 3: In search box next to "Library Links," type in University of California Berkeley and click on “Find Library”

Step 4: Check all the boxes next to "University of California Berkeley"

Step 5: Click on "Save Preferences" at bottom of page

And When You Find It...Evaluate It!

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