East Asian Studies Collection Development Policy

Purpose of the Collection

The East Asian collection supports research and instruction of the East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies Department, and various other departments including History, Anthropology, Political Science, Linguistics, and Religious Studies. It collects materials in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages in all subjects related to China, Japan, and Korea except for arts, music, and sciences (LC classification N, M, and Q to V). Materials in arts, music, and science are accepted into the collection on a very limited basis.

Scope of Coverage

Subject Areas: Major areas of collection activities at the research level include Chinese literature in medieval and modern period, post-modern and contemporary Japanese literature, Chinese and Japanese drama, contemporary Chinese and Japanese history, government and politics, economic and social conditions, and religious studies (especially Buddhism and Taoism). Korean materials are acquired only upon requests.

Languages: Almost all of the materials are in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Only a few reference works are in other languages.

Geographical Areas: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Macao, Taiwan

Chronological Limits: From ancient time to present. Emphasis is on Tang, Song, Ming, Qing Dynasties and contemporary China, Edo and contemporary Japan, ancient and contemporary Korea.

Date of Publication: Emphasis is on recent imprints, but some older works are collected as appropriate.

Place of Publication: Almost all materials collected are published in China, Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea.

Types of Materials

Materials acquired are mainly in printed format. Audiovisual materials and dissertations are purchased on demand. Microfilms are collected as needed, especially primary sources. Antiquarian materials and manuscripts are generally not purchased. Reference works such as bibliographies, dictionaries, and biographies are collected actively.

Electronic resources are actively acquired through collaboration with other UC East Asian libraries as budget allows. We comply with the licensing requirements set force by the California Digital Library. In addition to the criteria used for the print format, preferences are given to electronic resources meeting the following conditions:

  • Full-text resources
  • Accessible through Internet by the campus IP address
  • No password or ID is required at login.

Selected Internet resources are provided through the East Asian Studies web page: http://guides.library.ucsb.edu/eastasia. The web page has minor updates throughout the year. Major changes only take place in the summer.

Other Resources

Sources Outside UCSB: Interlibrary loan is used for many materials. Many requests for older materials are satisfied through ILL, but if the demand is of a continuing nature, the material is considered for acquisition.

Author: chiu [at] library [dot] ucsb [dot] edu (Cathy Chiu).
Policy Last Updated: October 2004