EAS/HIST 1463: An Introduction to Imperialism in Asia, 1850-Present

Researching Imperialism in Asia

Each kind of research requires its own specific approach. Searching the open Web is generally not the best way to find scholarly information.  The libraries provide access to relevant, reliable information via books and journals (both print and online), specialized electronic databases, including many primary source archives, and our own primary source historical archives, such as the Ames Library of South Asia rare collection.  With all of the electronic resources out there in the world, it is important to understand that there is much material that is available only in print, so do not expect to rely entirely on online materials.  This class gives you the opportunity to get into the Library and dig into print resources. The Library Search is a better friend than google.

PRO TIP:  when you find one good source of information, use the citations in the bibliography, footnotes, or reference list in that book or article to lead you to other sources. Then use the bibliographies and footnotes in those other sources to lead you to still other sources, including not only books and journal articles, but also Primary Sources. This is often a more effective way of conducting research than repeated searching.

Key Reference Works

Online Resources by Region

Below are specialized guides linking you to a variety of databases that cover specific regions. 

News Sources by Region

Newspapers can provide important insights into historical (and current) phenomena.  Below are some region-specific links.

Research and Writing Assistance

Last Updated: Apr 2, 2024 2:00 PM