East Asian Graduate Discovery Workshops aim to familiarize students with library resources

KU Libraries is offering a workshop series for graduate students in East Asian Studies, hosted by Japanese studies librarian Michiko Ito and Chinese studies librarian Cecilia Zhang, who both work in the East Asian Collection. 

The East Asian Collection supports graduate programs in anthropology, art history, communications, fine arts, geography, government and policy, history, linguistics, political science, as well as other fields. The collection is part of a larger group of International Collections that contain 1.5 million volumes and online objects. 

The four workshops will be offered at Watson Library’s Clark Instruction Center (CIC) on Fridays, 2:30-4 p.m., throughout September, starting on Sept. 8 with the general introduction workshop. The workshop aims to familiarize students with KU Libraries' homepage and teach them effective database search techniques.

At the Sept. 15 “Interlibrary Loan and Delivery Requests” workshop, Ito will explain how to use the Interlibrary Loan System, which helps students borrow books from libraries across the U.S. and overseas. 

In the “Chinese Database” workshop on Sept. 22, Zhang will share search tricks for using Chinese databases, including Duxiu and Chinamax. The workshop will also introduce students to MLA International Bibliography, Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, and WorldCat.

In the final workshop on Sept. 29, Ito will introduce online resources for learning Japanese, as well as three newspaper databases: Asahi Cross Search, Yomidas and The Japan Times.

For more information, contact Cecilia Zhang ceciliazh@ku.edu and Michiko Ito mito@ku.edu.