Subject Guides

Getting started

Find books:

Albert Search

Search Albert to find books, movies, etc..


Advanced Search

Find background information:

Includes the series The Cambridge History of China and The Cambridge History of Japan

Includes such titles as Encyclopedia of Modern Asia and Encyclopedia of India


 Encyclopedia of Mongolia and the Mongol Empire. (Ref 915.173 At95) New York: Facts on File, 2004.

Find articles:


Discover articles and books from many of our databases.


 Or search by particular databases:

Country Studies (general)


Asian Reading Room - From the Library of Congress.

Country Studies: Asia - Reports for each Asian country. Check the dates for currency. From the Library of Congress.

Digital South Asia Library - Full text reference sources, e-journals, statistics, maps, and more!

Doctors Without Borders - Choose a country of interest in the drop-down menu to see a list of stories related to that country.

East and Southeast Asia: Net Resources - Annotated list of resources on East and Southeast Asia. Select History for links specific to this subject. You can also select a specific country.

Internet East Asian History Sourcebook - Debates on issues in history using articles, megasites, and other Web links. Organized into a general timeline. Includes both Chinese and Japanese history.

Mongols in World History focuses on curriculum materials on Asia, with information on art, culture, geoography, and literature. Topics include conquests, key figures, and much more.

Tibetan and Himalayan Digital Library - A place to start research in this area-- contains links to bibliographies, videos, images, maps, encyclopedias, language dictionaries, instruction material and more.

World War II

Getting started:

The Pacific War Encyclopedia (Ref 940.5426 D922) NY: Facts on File, 1998.

World War II in Asia and the Pacific and the War's Aftermath, with General Themes [ebook] found in ebrary.

The Cambridge Histories have handbooks with essays on Japan in the war ( from the Cambridge History of Japan)

Primary Sources: There are personal narratives written by US soldiers in Albert talking about their experiences fighting in various battles.  There are also newsreels (streaming video) as published by the English speaking media of the time, also in Albert.  All narratives from the Japanese side of the story are translated from the Japanese, or published long after the war is over. The following is a list of some of the items in Albert:

Honor & Sacrifice: the Roy Matsumoto Story (DVD S1360), 2013.

Saipan: Oral Histories of the Pacific War (Oversize, 3rd floor 940.5426 P456s) Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 2002

Kamikaze: a Japanese pilot's own spectacular story of the famous suicide squadrons (ebook from ebrary) 2007.

Steel Helmet and Mortarboard: An Academic in Uncle Sam's Army (ebook from ebrary), 2009.

Letters to Lee: From Pearl Harbor to the War's Final Mission (ebrook from ebrary), 2010.

If anyone is studying the Japanese-American relocation and internment, please note that we have access to the collected newsletters, written by the forcibly detained, detailing their day to day activities.  The scanned newsletters vary in quality because of the condition of the originals.  Try a search by keyword in the collection, and let me know if you have questions.


China: A Provincial Atlas. (Ref Oversize 912.51 H859) New York: Macmillan, 1995.

China Today: An Encyclopedia of Life in the People's Republic. (Ref 951.003 L9739) 2 vols. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2005.

Chinese Communist Regime: Documents and Commentary. (2nd floor, 951.05 C420) New York: Praeger, 1967.

Chinese Politics: Documents and Analysis. (2nd floor 951.05 M992) Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina, 1986.  THIS TITLE IS CURRENTLY IN OFF-SITE STORAGE.  Please use Link+ to get it from another library, or order this from off-site storage.  Link+ is quicker in responding.

Chinese Propaganda Poster Pages - From 1949 to the present. Hosted by the International Institute of Social History.  Originally created by Stefan Landsberger, a professor at the University of Amsterdam.

Council on East Asian Libraries includes links to the art, literature and culture of China.

Foreign Relations of the United States - All the volumes before 1960 have been digitized from the University of Wisconsin. "The Foreign Relations of the United States series is the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions that have been declassified and edited for publication. The series is produced by the State Department's Office of the Historian and printed volumes are available from the Government Printing Office."  For volumes between 1960-1970, please use the State Department's site, which has an ongoing directive to digitize these volumes.

History of China contains both text and graphics, has been created by Leon Poon at the University of Maryland.

Records of the Grand Historian of China. (2nd floor, 931 Ss71) New York: Columbia, 1961.

Robert Henry Chandless Photographs - Searchable collection of over 200 photographs of China in the early 1900's. From the University of Washington Libraries, Digital Collections.

Sources of Chinese Tradition. (2nd floor 951 D350a) 2 vols. New York: Columbia, 1999.

Tiananmen Square, 1989: Declassified History - Full text documents from the National Security Archive. It has additional information from the NSA here.

Visual Sourcebook of Chinese Civilization provides a history of Chinese civilization through images. Included are units on geography, archaeology, religion, graphic arts, calligraphy, military technology, painting, homes, gardens, and clothing.


Atomic Bomb: Decision contains full text of most of the important documents surrounding the decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and later Nagasaki.

Cambridge Encyclopedia of Japan. (Ref 952.003 B686) New York: Cambridge, 1993.

Hiroshima-Nagasaki, August 1945. (Circ Desk, VHS S529) 1980.

Japanese History - gives a general overview from the early periods (300 BC) to the present day.

Japanese Digital Resources - From the Harvard Yenching Library.

Japan's Decision for War: Records of the 1941 Policy Conferences. (2nd floor, 940.5352 Ik3) Stanford: Stanford University, 1967.

Pacific War Encyclopedia. (Ref 940.5426 D922) New York: Facts on File, 1998.

Rekishi Kaido a project of the Kansai Institute of Information Systems and a consortium of Japanese organizations. The history of Japan is explored using text and graphics to view monuments and theme sections of major historical regions of interest in Japan (e.g. Asuka, Nara and Kyoto).

Texts and Documents: Asia- Articles and texts compiled by Hanover College. 


Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War: A Political, Social, and Military History. [e-book] Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 1998.

My Lai Courts Martial 1970 - Background material (maps, biographies, etc.) and excerpts from trial transcripts.

Vietnam Conflict: An Academic Information Portal for Education and Research - Arranged by subject, such asProtestors and Conscientious ObjectorsSoviets in Vietnam, and MIA

Vietnam War Bibliography - Arranged by subject, with topics such as Home Front, Public Opinion, Peace Movements andSouth Vietnam, Pacification. By Richard Jenson, a professor of history at the University of Illinois in Chicago.

Vietnam War Bibliography - Arranged by subject, with topics such as Technology and WeaponsAir Force Operations, and the Draft.

Vietnam War - Arranged chronologically, maps relating to this war. A collaboration between the US Military Academy and the US Air Force Academy.

Vietnam War Declassification Project - Contains declassified primary documents from the National Security Advisor files. Examples include cables from Kissinger about the evacuation of Saigon, the Pentagon meeting of Richard Nixon relating to the returning of prisoners of war, and President Ford's meeting with congressmen about foreign aid.

Wars for Vietnam: 1945 to 1975 - Contains primary documents such as the Geneva Accords, Dulles's response, and Eisenhower's letter of support to Ngo Dinh Diem (1954). Discussions of key events, geography, bibliographies of writings, and much more. From Vassar.

Writing and Citing

A Pocket Guide to Writing in History(also called Rampolla)
(8th edition)
Reference: 1st floor 907.2 R148a

Chicago Manual of Style Online. Also available in print in the reference room (Ref 808.02 Un3e)

Chicago Manual of Style (Notes-Bibliography) - A guide from the SMC Library

Quick Guide to Chicago Style from the Chicago manual publishers.

A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations 
by Kate L. Turabian (6th edition)
Reference Room: 1st floor 808.02 T840b 
Reserve Desk: 1st floor 808.02 T840b c.2
Turabian Citation Guide (Web site)


Writing Assistance

Having trouble putting it all together? The SMC Center for Writing Across the Curriculum (or, "The Writing Center") offers peer-to-peer advising sessions for both undergraduate and graduate students. You can call or stop by to make an appointment, or can also drop in and do a session immediately, if an adviser is available. See their website for more information, or stop by Dante 202, or call us: 925.631.4684

Groups audience 
Maps & Directories

Mailing Address

Saint Mary's College of California
1928 Saint Mary's Road
Moraga, CA 94575
(925) 631-4000
Google Map | Campus Map | PO Boxes