Welcome to the Korean Studies and Language Subject Research Guide
Your subject librarian has designed this guide to highlight both online and print resources at the University of Melbourne Library that are relevant to Korean Studies.
This guide is intended to be a starting point for your research. For a more comprehensive list of Library resources for this subject please visit the A-Z eJournals and Databases website.
Note: The buttons below will open resources in new windows.
Below are some textbooks and reference works to get you started.
For further resources, also check the following subject headings in the Library Catalogue.
Alternatively, you might try the following keywords search in our Library Catalogue:
Note: * will pick up variations, eg, textbook, textbooks, which will allow you to search for multiple words in one go.
To find Korean studies related books, either in English language or Korean Language, try a keyword search in the Library Catalogue. English language books are held in Baillieu Library; Korean language books, mainly on the topics of literature and international politics, are held in the General East Asian Collection which is housed in ERC Library.
Before your visit, you can search in the Library Catalogue for the appropriate book and write down the call number which will enable you to quickly locate the book on the shelf.
There are three ways to find Korean language books held in ERC Library, you could search in English, Korean scripts, and Korean Romanization.
For example, if you are looking for Korean literature works written in Korean language, in the Library Catalogue, try a keyword search with Korea* AND (literature OR novel* OR fiction*), and limit your search to East Asian Collections, please see below:
If you know the book title, you could try a title search, see below:
You could also search with Korean Romanization, see below:
For more information about the Korean Romanization rules, please refer to the McCune-Reischauer Romanization System below:
g (between vowels and after m, n, ng, l),
ng (before m, n, l)
l (when preceded or followed by l)
d (between vowels and after m, n, ng)
|ㅕ||yŏ||ㄹ||n||r (between vowels),
l (before all other consonants and after n, l),
n (after other consonants)
|ㅛ||yo||ㅂ||p||b (between vowels and after m, n, ng, l),
m (before m, n, l),
p (before and after all other consonants)
sh (before wi)
sh (before wi),
n (before m, n, l)
|ㅠ||yu||ㅇ||Not romanized||Not romanized,
ng (as syllabic final)
|ㅡ||ŭ||ㅈ||ch||j (between vowels, and after m, n, ng)
ch (after all other consnants)
The University of Melbourne Library also has access to the following book database:
To find English language books for your topic in library Catalogue, use a keyword search. For example:
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Keyword searching often retrieves a large number of results. These four techniques can help you focus your search:
The video below (3:47 mins) explains how you can use these advanced search techniques to quickly find relevant books and ebooks in the catalogue:
Request books from other universities through the BONUS+ catalogue and collect them from any Unimelb branch library.
Visit the BONUS+ webpage for more info.
The databases below are multidisciplinary so you can expect lots of results from different subject areas.
Click on the button below to browse all online primary source databases the Library subscribes to (it will open in a new tab). You can sort the list by era by choosing a specific time period from the drop down menu labeled 'All Database Types'.