Handbook for Asian Studies Specialists
A Guide to Research Materials and Collection Building Tools
by Noriko Asato, Editor
October 2013, 466pp, 7 x 10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

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In the United States, Asian Studies is a relatively young field that is only approximately half a century old. But with the recent exponential expansion of Asian countries’ economic and political power, it is of paramount importance that 21st-century academic libraries have relevant, up-to-date Asian Studies materials.

An indispensable tool for librarians who do reference or collection management, this work is a pioneering offering of expertly selected print and electronic reference tools for East Asian Studies (Chinese, Japanese, and Korean).

Handbook for Asian Studies Specialists: A Guide to Research Materials and Collection Building Tools is the first work to cover reference works for the main Asian area languages of China, Japan, and Korea. Several leading Asian Studies librarians have contributed their many decades of experience to create a resource that gathers major reference titles—both print and online—that would be useful to today’s Asian Studies librarian. Organized by language group, it offers useful information on the many subscription-based and open-source electronic tools relevant to Asian Studies.

This book will serve as an essential resource for reference collections at academic libraries. Previously published bibliographies on materials deal with China or Japan or Korea, but none have coalesced information on all three countries into one work, or are written in English. And unlike the other resources available, this work provides the insight needed for librarians to make informed collection management decisions and reference selections.


  • Represents the first work to include Chinese, Japanese, and Korean materials in one volume
  • Incorporates critical information on subscription-based and open-source electronic reference tools
  • Written by noted leading experts in Asian Studies librarianship
  • Supplies materials in English and vernacular Asian languages
  • Includes multilingual titles but provides references and citations in English
  • Comprises not only a bibliography, but a guide containing key tips on how to use many reference tools
Noriko Asato, PhD, is associate professor of library and information science at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She previously taught Japanese Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She holds a doctorate degree from Purdue University and master's degrees from the University of Wisconsin and University of Hawaii. Her published works include Teaching Mikadoism: The Attack on Japanese Language Schools in Hawaii, California, and Washington, 1919–1927.


"As an example of the comprehensiveness of this work, if a librarian should be asked for facsimiles of real-size signatures or seals of major Japanese historical figures, a dictionary of North Korean artists, or an online database of Korean movies, they can be found in this reference. . . . Among the unique dimensions of Asian Studies librarianship discussed, we learn about the additional classification systems specifically developed for the complexities of this specialty."—ARBA, December 1, 2013

"The variety of resources makes this handbook stand out as a significant resource for Asian Studies specialists."—Reference Reviews, June 9, 2015
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