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East Asian Studies Orientation: Home

Advice and resources for graduate students in the Department of East Asian Language and Civilizations and others working East Asian Studies

Coming Attractions!

Wednesday, September 30:  Chinese Advanced Searching and Comparing Online Sources

Thursday, October 8, 9:00-10:15am (tentative): Japanese Advanced Searching and Comparing Online Sources

Drop-in workshop sessions:
Friday, September 11, 2:30-4:00pm
Wednesday, September16, 9:00-10:30am
Friday, September 25, 1:30-3:00pm

(email for Zoom links)

Where are the Books?

The Franklin record for each book will indicate its locations.  Most of the European-language books you’ll need are located in the Van Pelt stacks.  East Asian-language books will mostly be in one of three locations:

East Asian Seminar Room (Van Pelt 526):  This houses reference books and some current East Asian periodicals.

East Asian stacks (Van Pelt fifth floor):  Most of our East Asian-language books are here, with a small section at the far end for oversized books.

LIBRA:  LIBRA is the Libraries’ off-campus shelving facility, but you can request any of the books there through Franklin and they will be delivered to the campus library of your choice in a few days.

Comics Section (Japanese and Korean):  shelved behind the East Asia Oversized books.

As a graduate student at Penn, you will have access to additional books through a number of resource sharing services.  These open up vast numbers of additional titles for easy use and also provide copies of books currently signed out at Penn.

Borrow Direct:  Provides books (usually within a week) from some major research libraries.  Best choice for East Asian-language materials.

EZ Borrow:  Provides books (usually within a week) from other libraries in Pennsylvania.  Best choice for high-demand books of wide academic interest, although the system includes the excellent East Asian library at University of Pittsburgh.

Interlibrary Loan.  All formats (including articles).  For books the Borrow Direct and EZ Borrow are better, with faster delivery and longer borrowing times.

A guide to all of these is here:

Navigating the Library Remotely

Japanese Studies Librarian

Chinese Studies Librarian and Coordinator of Area Studies Collections

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Brian Vivier
Van Pelt Library 525