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ALC 205: Introduction to East Asian Literature: Getting Started

This research guide has been created to specifically help students enrolled in ALC 205.   For additional information on navigating library resources during the Spring 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, please go to Remote Access to Library Services and Resources.  Please don't hesitate to ask for research help!

Tertiary Sources for Literature

You also may wish to look at handbooks, overviews, or histories available in the main stacks or via SUMMIT.  Here are the Library of Congress Subject Headings to get you started:

Chinese literature -- History and criticism

Japanese literature -- History and criticism

Korean literature -- History and criticism

Tertiary Sources for History & Culture

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What's a tertiary source?

Tertiary sources are excellent starting points!  They consist of information synthesized from primary and secondary sources.  Examples include:

  • Almanacs
  • Chronologies
  • Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
  • Directories
  • Fact books
  • Guidebooks
  • Indexes, abstracts, bibliographies used to locate primary and secondary sources
  • Manuals or handbooks
  • Textbooks

These resources give you succinct overviews of your topic, explain scholarly arguments, point out interesting questions, and refer you to especially key sources. For the purpose of your annotated bibliography assignment in ALC 205, look for more substantial entries in subject encyclopedias or handbooks.