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Women and Gender in Modern East Asia


  • The Library's online catalog
    Try subject searches such as "sex role" AND Japan, women AND China, orgender AND Asia.
  • WorldCat
    A catalog of library holdings worldwide. WorldCat will indicate any local library holdings and also offers an inter-library loan request option.
  • Cambridge Histories Online
    The digital version of the familiar and well respected history reference works from Cambridge University Press. The digital collection includes 250 histories published since 1960, among them the 6 volume set on the history of Japan and the 15 volume set on the history of China.
  • Dissertations & Theses Full Text
    A comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses with over 2.4 million dissertations and theses included from around the world. Each dissertation published since July 1980 includes a 350-word abstract written by the author. Bibliographic citations are available for dissertations dating from 1637, and full text is available from 1997 on.
  • E-Z Borrow and Interlibrary Loan
    Interlibrary loan is available for books and journals that are not owned by Falvey. EZ-Borrow is usually faster than interlibrary loan, since the books come from a local library network. EZ-Borrow can be used for books that the Library owns, but that are currently checked out by somebody else.

Journal Articles

  • Historical Abstracts (1955-)
    Available online.  An annotated research index to the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present.  Includes references to journal articles, book reviews and dissertations.
  • Contemporary Women's Issues
    Provides information on women in over 150 countries. Disciplines range from sociology, psychology, health, education and human rights. Includes journals, newsletters, research reports from non-profit groups, government and international agencies, along with fact sheets.
  • GenderWatch
    A full text database of unique and diverse publications that focus on how gender impacts a broad spectrum of subject areas.
  • Sociological Abstracts
    Available online. Covers sociological topics in fields such as anthropology, economics, education, medicine, community development, philosophy, demography, political science, and social psychology.
  • America: History & Life (1964-)
    Available online. An annotated research index to the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. Includes references to journal articles, dissertations, and book and media reviews. Recommended for research on Japanese or Chinese Americans and other ethnic minorities.

For further indexes please consult E-Resources by Subject – History on the Library’s homepage or ask for advice.



Selected Primary Resources

  • New York Times Historical (1851-)
    Archive of the entire historical run of The New York Times. Complete coverage from 1851 to the present with the exception of the most current two years. Includes classified ads, comics and cartoons, photos, maps, graphics, etc., editorials and commentary.
  • Readers' Guide Retrospective (1890-1982)
    Provides citations to the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States and reflects the history of 20th century America..
  • American Periodicals Series Online (1741-1941)
    200 years of American history as recorded in magazines, journals and newspapers.  Covers the fields of religion, science, political science, history as well as related disciplines. 
  • Poole's Plus: Index to Periodicals Literature & Supplements (1802-1906)
    Indexes 479 American and English periodicals of the 19th century. The database has integrated essential date and title information not contained in the original volumes. To search only this database, from the Multi-Title Periodical Indexes select Poole's Index to Periodical Literature, 1802-1906.
  • OpinionArchives
    Provides an accessible and invaluable source of information of electronic archives to leading journals of opinion. Search the full text of Harpers Magazine, The New Republic, The Nation, Commentary, Scientific American, NACLA, Commonweal, American Spectator, National Review and The New York Review of Books.
  • Lexis-Nexis (Academic)
    Provides full-text access to a wide range of news (national, international, regional, business, legal, and foreign language), business(company financial news and information, accounting, auditing & tax information, industry and market news), and legal (law reviews, federal case law, state legal research) sources.
  • The Making of the Modern World
    "The Making of the Modern World: Goldsmiths'-Kress Library of Economic Literature 1450-1850" provides digital facsimile images on every page of 61,000 works of literature on economic and business published from 1450 through 1850.

To find more books with primary sources related to East Asian history in the Library, search the catalog for subjects such as Japan AND history AND sources OR diaries OR correspondence OR personal narratives OR travel description OR speeches.

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Citation Software Solutions

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  • EndNote
    EndNote is a database program for managing bibliographic citations. It can automate much of the work of organizing and formatting citations and bibliographies in your writing. EndNote can be used to manage data downloaded from Falvey Library's subscription databases and to format papers, dissertations, and other types of writing according to  over 1,000 different bibliographic styles.
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jseibert Jutta Seibert
Director of Academic Integration
Falvey Library, Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova , PA , 19085
Room 228

Jutta Seibert is the subject librarian for History and is available for research consultations, instruction, curricular support & purchase requests.


Last Modified: Tuesday, February 9th, 2016