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HIST 497 Proseminar:A Research Seminar

This is a course guide for Professor Horowitz's Fall 2021 course.


Welcome to your Library Resource Guide for History 692B at CSUN Fall 2020.  This is a class that researches the experiences of Americans in Eastern Asia from around 1800 to 1989. This guide is intended to help support you as your write your research paper based on research in primary sources. Your syllabus indicates that your topics may be focused on cultural, social, diplomatic, military or even intellectual history.  Your research may take you into exploring topics  focused on East Asia history (which usually refers to China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan) ,while some students may be working on researching US connections with the Philippines and Vietnam.


Your Assignments

For your assignments and research, you are going to need to search for secondary literature that discusses your selected topic. Identifying key historiographical discussions that have already been published on your topic is a key task.  For this work you will need to search the JSTOR  database and library subscription databases as needed.

How Do I Search for Books?

Finding Books in OneSearch

Finding Books Using OneSearch

You can search for books using Onesearch by typing in the title, author or keywords in the homepage OneSearch form.  Once the results page loads, you can use the limiters in the menus under "Refine My Results" to narrow your results. Selecting "books" under "Resource Type" will limit the results to eBooks and print books.  For eBooks only, select "Available Online at CSUN" under "Show Only"; for print books only, select "Available at CSUN" under "Show Only."  

Click the title heading of any given result item to view the full record.  In the full record, under "Get It" you'll find  the item's location in the Library and its status (available, checked out, request options), and under "View It" the direct link to electronic text, if available.  The "Send To" menu offers tools for citing, emailing, or saving a record as a favorite.

Finding Books

Using OneSearch type in your keywords and click Go.
Click on the 'Books' filer under 'Resource Type' on the left-hand side of the search results. You will find books on your subject (like these examples pictured below), both in print and electronic formats.

Accessing e-Books & Google Books

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