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HIEA 128: History of Material Culture in China: Books

Course Reserves

Your instructor has placed a number of materials on Reserve for you to check out. These items may be checked out for 3 hours from Geisel's Front Desk.

Finding Books

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:

  • material culture
  • material culture china
  • material culture china history
  • material culture research
  • popular culture China
  • consumption China
  • China building
  • China calligraphy
  • China furniture
  • China history
  • China painting
  • China social life and customs
  • China tombs
  • East Asia antiquities
  • East Asia civilization
  • Asia civilization
  • costume China
  • footbinding
  • footbinding China

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


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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.


Request books owned by other UC Libraries.


For online books, try UC Press or ACLS Humanities e-Books

You can also search Google Books

   Sample searches, "material culture", "china"