When you are starting an essay, it's often a good idea to begin with books - either print or electronic. They're easy to find and often contain good overviews, perfect for familiarising yourself with a topic.
The Library Catalogue is the key tool to find books and eBooks.
Keyword searching often retrieves a large number of results. You can limit your search by using and adding more keywords to retrieve resources that have both words in the record. You could also use quotation marks to perform phrase search. For example:
Use OR and brackets to broaden your search to find material related to similar keywords in the one search. Use truncation * to search for resources contain keywords with a particular stem, eg. Chin* searches for China, Chinese.
Another way to navigate the catalogue is to use the hyperlinked subject headings in item records. Once clicked on, these headings will show you related subjects around your area and the all the books that the library has related to that subject. Refer to the images below.
The English language print resources on Asia studies are primarily housed in the Baillieu library. The Chinese language print resources on Asia studies are housed in the East Asian Collection in Eastern Resource Centre (ERC). You might like to browse the library shelves for your subject specific resources:
Eastern Resource Centre
If you can't find what you're looking for or an item is unavailable in the catalogue try the following options: