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A Guide To...Asian Studies

Catalog Search Tips

Search for books by either Keywords or Subject Headings. Start with a Keyword search and identify some relevant books. Then look at the subject headings for those books. You can follow the subject heading links in the catalog to find similar books, or you can use the terms in the subject headings to identify other keywords to try. 

For Asian Studies, your choice of subject heading will depend heavily on both the intellectual and geographic areas of Asian Studies you are interested in (for example, literature vs. politics, Japan vs. India). 

Suggested Subject Headings: 

Asia, Central -- Social conditions.
Asia -- Religion.
Southeast Asia -- Economic conditions.
Southeast Asia -- History.


Locating Books

Books at Holy Cross Libraries are arranged by Library of Congress Call Number.

At Dinand, call numbers A through G are on the upper (Mezzanine) level. Call numbers H through Z are on the lower (Ground) level, with a few exceptions. Call numbers beginning with "M" are located in the Music Library and “Q, R, S, T” are in the Science Library. 

For research in Asian Studies, you may find relevant titles in several different call number ranges. For example, you will find many books in the D, E and F sections as many history books are classified under call numbers starting with D (history of Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia). Each letter of the call number system is further divided into subclasses. For example, many books on the history of Asia are in the DS section. You may also find relevant titles in the B section (Philosophy & Religion), N section (Arts), or P section (Languages & Literatures), among others. 

For more information about Library of Congress Classification, please see the Library of Congress' Classification Outline and check out this tutorial.


Dinand Stacks Map

Dinand Mezzanine Level

 Dinand Ground Level