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HIEA 126 The Silk Road in Chinese and Japanese History: Books

Finding Books and More

1. Start with Roger, the UC San Diego Library catalog.

2. If you don't have an author or title, start with a keyword search. When you discover useful resources from a keyword search take a look at the subject headings in the catalog record. Those subject headings are hyperlinked and will take you to related materials.

   Sample subject headings:

  • Silk Road
  • Silk Road History
  • Silk Road Civilization
  • Silk Road Songs and Music
  • Silk Road Antiquities
  • Silk Road Description and Travel
  • Islam Silk Road
  • Buddhism Silk Road
  • Buddhist Art China
  • Buddhist Cave Temples
  • Dunhuang Caves

3. Try using an * to replace the ending of your search terms for maximum results,

     For example, a search for chin* taoi* would include

  • china taoism
  • chinese taoism
  • china taoist
  • chinese taoist

   Other sample search terms include,

  • chin* religio*
  • chin* biograph*
  • chin* biograph* taoi*


 Additional Search Tips


1. If an item is labeled [electronic resource] it is likely an ebook and can be accessed online. If you are working off-campus you will need to connect to the network.

2. Take note of the item's location, Annex? SRLF? those items are housed offsite and will need to be brought in.Use the Request button to page the book.

3. Try searching in Different Collections

  • All -- Audio Recordings, Books, Digital Images, Electronic Materials (E-Books), Films & Video, Journals & Serials, Maps & Atlases, Reference and Government Documents
  • Films & Videos - many have English subtitles
  • Electronic Materials - includes journals, ebooks, and digital images

Requesting Books from Other Libraries

If the UC San Diego Library does not own the book you are looking for, or our copy is not available, try searching Circuit and/or Melvyl. Using your library account you can request to have a copy from an outside library delivered to campus for you to check out.


Request books owned by other libraries in San Diego, including San Diego Public Library, San Diego County Library. SDSU, USD, and CSUSM. In general, books through the Circuit arrive faster, always check here before going to Melvyl.


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