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Korean Studies and Language

A resource guide for Korean Studies programs

Introduction

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.

Quick start menu

Korean language learning

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:

  • Korean AND Grammar
  • Korean AND Textbook*

Note: * will pick up variations, eg, textbook, textbooks, which will allow you to search for multiple words in one go.

Textbooks
Dictionaries

 

Encyclopedias & handbooks

Books

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 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.

Tips on searching for Korean language books held in ERC Library

There are three ways to find Korean language books held in ERC Library, you could search in English, Korean scripts, and Korean Romanization. 

  • Searching in English

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:

 

  • Searching in Korean scripts

If you know the book title, you could try a title search, see below:

 

  • Searching in Korean Romanization

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:

모음

Roman

자음

    Initial

Medial

Final

a k k,
g (between vowels and after m, n, ng, l),
ng (before m, n, l)
k
ya n n,
l (when preceded or followed by l)
n
ŏ t t,
d (between vowels and after m, n, ng)
t
n r (between vowels),
l (before all other consonants and after n, l),
n (after other consonants)
l
o m m m
yo p b (between vowels and after m, n, ng, l),
m (before m, n, l),
p (before and after all other consonants)
p
u s,
sh (before wi)
s,
sh (before wi),
n (before m, n, l)
t
yu Not romanized Not romanized,
ng (as syllabic final)
ng
ŭ ch j (between vowels, and after m, n, ng)
ch (after all other consnants)
t
i ch’ ch’
ae k’ k’
yae t’ t’
e p’ p’
ye h h
oe kk kk kk
wi tt tt
ŭi pp pp
wa ss ss
wae tch tch
we  

 


The University of Melbourne Library also has access to the following book database:

Tips on searching for books in English language held in Baillieu Library

To find English language books for your topic in library Catalogue, use a keyword search. For example:

 

Korean cinema

Korean War

Confucianism family value

Democratization

 

Keyword searching often retrieves a large number of results. These four techniques can help you focus your search:

 

AND

Narrows your search

E.g. Korean AND cinema

OR

Expands your search

E.g. cinema OR film

 

" "

Searches for an exact phrase

E.g. "Korean War"

*

searches for variant endings

E.g. Confuci* = Confucius, Confucianism, Confucianist

 

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:

Looking for a book we don't have or is not on our shelves?

 

Logo of BONUS+

Request books from other universities through the BONUS+ catalogue and collect them from any Unimelb branch library.

Visit the BONUS+ webpage for more info.

Inter-Library Loans

University of Melbourne staff and students can request resources through the Library’s Inter-Library Loans service. For more information visit the ILL web page, or you can access the request forms.

 

Logo of CAVAL

A CAVAL card allows you to borrow from other universities and TAFEs. Visit the CAVAL website to find out how to sign up for a CAVAL card.

You can then use the Trove website to see which library has the book you want.

Journal articles

Korean studies-specific databases:
First of all, try searching in one of these subject-specific databases.

 

Core Arts and Humanities databases:

The databases below are multidisciplinary so you can expect lots of results from different subject areas.

Newspapers

Looking for news sources? Click on the button below:

Theses

Looking for theses? Click on the button below:

Primary sources

Selected Primary Source Databases:

 

Below is the selected humanities primary source database, you can find more by visiting the A-Z eJournals and Databases website or by clicking the button below.

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'.

 

TV & streaming media

Television databases
Streaming media

Referencing and citing

Need help with your referencing? Click on the button below:

 

Contact us

Contact your subject librarian

Xiaoju Liu

Chinese and Asian Studies

xiaoju.liu@unimelb.edu.au


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