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ASIAN 235: Introduction to Asian Studies

For students enrolled in the ASIAN 235 - Introduction to Asian Studies course.


This guide will help you find primary and secondary sources for your research projects on Asian Studies.

What are Primary and Secondary Sources?

Primary sources are:

  • documents (novels, poems, plays, films, photographs, historical letters, diaries, posters, paintings, architectural sites, maps, music) originally created in Asia or by Asian writers/artists (in original language or in translation). 

Secondary sources:

  • discuss and analyze primary sources.

  • are secondary because they are at least one step removed from the primary sources they discuss.

  • are created with the benefit of hindsight, which may offer insights not available from first-hand experiences.

  • Most non-fiction books are usually considered to be secondary sources (since they synthesize many ideas and works, and/or represent information from more than one event or period).

Scholarly secondary sources:

  • Peer reviewed journal articles
  • Books published by university presses or other academic publishers (as approved by the instructor

Additional Information:


Interactive Map of Asia