East Asian Studies Research Guide: Introduction

Basic Research Strategies in East Asian Studies

The Columbia University Libraries have collected resources on East Asia for a long time. In the early decades of the twentieth century, as an "East Asiatic" collection came into being, the majority of such materials came to be assigned to this collection. Starr Library's western-language collection serves to complement the library's collections in the original East Asian languages, and provides access to western-language scholarship on East Asia.

This research guide identifies some of the major western-language databases, printed works, and library services that support research in East Asian Studies at Columbia University.  For more detailed information about relevant resources, please consult the online catalog.  Keep in mind that this guide is meant only as a starting point, and the resources listed are by no means exhaustive, but rather only a minute selection from all the resources available to Columbia affiliates.

For information about Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Tibetan Studies in the original languages, please consult the research guides below:

Chinese Studies Research Guides

Japanese Studies Research Guide

Korean Studies Research Guide

Research Guide for Modern Tibetan Studies