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East Asian History: Overview

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Background Information

When searching, think about your topic and change your search terms. Don't just search for "East Asia" (EA) or "Northeast Asia" (NEA); you will find materials that are broadly about the region, from all time periods.

Consider what search terms are relevant to your research. Use your class readings to help you find more specific terms, or look at a reference work (like an encyclopedia or handbook) for background information and context.

  • Choose a geographical area/city to research or a specific country (e.g., China, Japan, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, or Taiwan.)
  • Choose a specific time period (e.g. Shang Dynasty, Han Dynasty, etc.). Ask yourself if there were other names for the country, city or region you are interested in used during the time period you are researching; if so, use those names as search terms
  • Chose a specific person or event.

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