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Asian Studies: Books

To find books on a topic search the Queen's Catalogue (QCAT) by author, title, subject headings, or keyword. For QCAT search tips click here.

To find books on a topic, use a keyword boolean search if you do not know the correct subject heading. Think of the focus (or key) words that describe your topic.

Japan and women
China and "foreign trade"

Subjects are a set list of terms used to describe what a book is about. Once you find a book relevant to your topic, use the subjects listed in QCAT to find other books on the same topic by clicking the subject link or searching by subject heading.

Some useful Asian Studies subject headings are:

Asia--Economic conditions
Cambodia--History
China--Politics and government
Confucius
Genghis Khan, 1162-1227
Mao, Zedong, 1893-1976
Nanking Massacre, Nanjing, Jiangsu Sheng, China, 1937
Political culture--Asia
Social change--Asia
Japan--Foreign relations--United States (for example; choose country of interest)
Japan--Social life and customs
Korea (North)
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
World War, 1939-1945

(Note that people can be subjects too)

Subject Heading searches need to be precise. Word order is important - searching Russia--History works but History--Russia does not.

Queen's does not own every book, so try searching other catalogues. You can request these books through Interlibrary Loan . Keep in mind that this service can take up to two weeks or more, so give yourself plenty of time.

Last Updated: 29 July 2009