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Instruction Classes - Fall Semester 2020

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Please join us for the East Asian Library Instruction Class! The sessions will introduce you to the collections in the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages in print and digital format, and the English language resources on China, Japan, and Korea. From attending these sessions, you will learn how to get the most out of our resources, including special collections, catalogs, key databases to look for journals, articles, dissertations, theses, news, etc. on China, Japan, and Korea. As the sessions are hands-on, you will be guided to conduct a search using the catalogs and databases introduced in each session.

All sessions will be offered online. Please contact the instructor for Zoom participation

East Asian Library Orientation (by Yuko Okubo, yokubo@berkeley.edu )
Welcome to the C.V. Starr East Asian Library at the University of California, Berkeley! From the session, you will gain general information of the East Asian Library, including the history, EAL collections, and how to locate and access materials from the East Asian Library during Covid-19.

Wednesday, September 2, 4:00-5:00 PM
Wednesday, September 9, 12:00-1:00 PM
Wednesday, September 30, 4:00-5:00 PM
Wednesday, October 7, 12:00-1:00 PM


How to Find the Right Chinese Resources for Your Research (by Jianye He, hjy@berkeley.edu )
This session will introduce the Chinese collections of the East Asian Library and provide bibliographic instruction on several selected databases and open access resources, such as “中国基本古籍库”, “汉达文库” (CHANT), Chinese Periodicals Full text (1911-1949), Chinese Judicial Files (Jiangjin part), Asian Digital Library (BNA), etc. Most resources and tools can be found from the Chinese Studies guide: https://guides.lib.berkeley.edu/c.php?g=200504

Thursday, October 8, 2:00-3:00 PM


English Language Resources for East Asian Studies (by Yuko Okubo, yokubo@berkeley.edu )
Introduction to locating materials and information in English in the area of East Asian Studies by using library databases, catalogs and other bibliographic tools, such as Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS), JSTOR, and Project MUSE. The session will address how to locate and access materials from the East Asian Library during Covid-19 as well.

Tuesday, October 13, 4:00-5:00 PM
Tuesday, October 27, 4:00-5:00 PM


Japanese Language Resources (by Toshie Marra, tmarra@berkeley.edu )
The session will give an overview of the East Asian Library’s Japanese collections and Japanese digital resources provided by the Library (including JapanKnowledge, Asahi Kikuzo II Visual, Yomidasu Rekishikan, and Nikkei Telecom 21) and free resources available on the Internet, using Japanese Studies guide: https://guides.lib.berkeley.edu/c.php?g=4428&p=15707.

Wednesday, October 21, 4:00-5:00 PM


Highlights of Digitized Treasures from EAL (by Susan Xue, sxue@berkeley.edu )
Introduction to digitized collections from the C.V. Starr East Asian Library – what are available, where to discover, how to search, etc. A list of these collections: Chinese Political Posters, Chinese Rare Books, Fonoroff Lobby Cards, New Age Novels of the Late Qing Dynasty, Japanese Historical Maps, and Sugoroku Collection.

Thursday, October 29, 2:00-3:00 PM


Resources of Korean Collection (by Jaeyong Chang, jchang@library.berkeley.edu )
The session will give an overview of the Korean collection in the East Asian Library and open access resources for the Korean studies available on the Internet.

Tuesday, November 10, 2:00-3:00 PM


Digital Treasures from the EAL Japanese Collection (by Toshie Marra, tmarra@berkeley.edu )
Introduction to digitized collections from the C. V. Starr East Asian Library’s Japanese collection – those included in the portal to the Japanese Special Collections in the C. V. Starr East Asian Library, covering Edo printed books, manuscripts, sugoroku, and copperplate prints collections, as well as Japanese Historical Maps in Map Warper.

Wednesday, November 18, 4:00-5:00 PM


EAL Research Strategies Workshop: How to turn Research Topic into Research Question (by Yuko Okubo, yokubo@berkeley.edu )
Come and join us for the EAL Research Strategies Workshop on identifying a research question. Bring your research topics, and we will work together to narrow them down to find your research question. Anyone working on East Asia related projects is welcome.

Thursday, November 12, 4:00-5:00 PM
Tuesday, November 24, 12:00-1:00 PM
Tuesday, December 1, 4:00-5:00 PM