University Libraries

FAQ


What language materials does East Asian Library (EAL) collect?

• EAL collects materials in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and English. Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language materials are housed in the East Asian Library, located in the sub-basement of the Wilson Library. Materials about East Asia in English and other languages are housed in Wilson Library’s general and reference collections. Microfilm reels are housed in the microfilm department in the Wilson Library basement.


Where can I find English materials about East Asian?

• Materials about East Asia in English and other languages are housed in Wilson Library’s general and reference collections.


Are EAL loan, renewal, and recall policies different from those for materials in Wilson general collection?

• EAL has the same loan, renewal, and recall policies for books, DVDs, and microforms. Click here for details.
• EAL has its own loan and renewal policy for bound periodicals. The loan period is two weeks for all borrowers with only one renewal allowed.


Can I renew or recall EAL books via email or phone?

• No. To renew or recall EAL books, log on to “Your Account” in MNCAT with U of M internet ID.
• At “Your Account” you can renew, recall, and view items in your account.


Can I use “Get It” to borrow EAL’s DVDs, microfilms, or bound periodicals?

• You CANNOT use “Get It” to borrow EAL’s DVDs or microfilms.
• You can use “Get It” to borrow EAL bound periodicals, as well as books.
• Faculty can use “Get It” for campus delivery of the requested item(s) to their offices.


How to search for Chinese language materials using either characters or Pinyin in MNCAT?

• You can use Chinese characters or Pinyin to search for Chinese language materials held in the East Asian Library.
• In MNCAT select your search type; then enter characters or Pinyin.
• IME (Input Method Editor) is installed in all EAL’s public workstations.
Install Google Pinyin or IME on your personal computer for input in Chinese characters.


How to search for Japanese language materials using either characters or Romaji in MNCAT?

• You can use Japanese characters or Romaji (using the Modified Hepburn System) to search for Japanese language materials held in EAL.
• In MNCAT select your search type; then enter characters or Romaji.
• Microsoft Window in Japanese is installed in one of EAL’s public workstations.
• Install IME on your personal computer for input in Japanese characters.


How to search for Korean language materials using either characters or Romanization in MNCAT?

• You can use Korean characters or Romanized letters (using McCune-Reischauer System) to search for Korean language materials held in EAL.
• In MNCAT select your search type; then enter characters or Romanized letters.
• Install IME on your personal computer for input in Korean characters.


How to use EAL’s E-Resources for Chinese materials for faculty, staff, and students on Twin Cities campus?

• On University Libraries home page, browse Indexes and Databases A-Z for 8 Chinese Studies databases, all filed under the first letter of their English or Pinyin titles. For instance, China Data Online 中国数据在线 is under “C”. Or, from EAL’s website, under Chinese Studies.
• You should be able to access all 8 databases on campus or at home.
• Some databases might require users to install VPN (http://www.oit.umn.edu/vpn/) on their personal computers before they can access these resources.


How to access Chinese full-text articles for faculty, staff, and students from U of M Crookston, Duluth, & Morris campuses?

• You can obtain Chinese full-text articles through your campus’ ILL service.
• Access 中国知网 and 万方数据 under Chinese Studies tab at http://www.lib.umn.edu/eastasian, the two databases are largest free citation databases containing academic journal articles, dissertations, conferences papers, and newspapers etc.
• Once you located wanted articles, fill out the ILL request form, the requested articles will be delivered to you.


How to use EAL’s E-Resources for Japanese materials for faculty, staff, and students on Twin Cities campus?

• On University Libraries home page, browse Indexes and Databases A-Z for 3 Japanese Studies databases, all filed under the first letter of their English or Romaji titles. For instance, Kodansha Encyclopedia of Japan 講談社日本百科事典 is under “K”. Or, from EAL’s website, under Japanese Studies.
• You should be able to access all 3 databases on campus or at home, with one exception: for usage of the database MagazinePlus マガジンプラス you need to come to either the Wilson reference desk or EAL in person to request access.
• Some databases may require users to install VPN (http://www.oit.umn.edu/vpn/) on their personal computers before they can access the resources.
How to locate full-text articles in Chinese published in academic journals?
• China Academic Journal Full-Text 中国学术期刊网 is the largest database for full-text articles published in Chinese academic journals. University Libraries subscriptions cover about 1,000 Chinese academic journals of history, literature, philosophy, education, and social sciences from 1994 up to present.
• Century Journals Project selects the most important academic journals published in China and digitizes all issues since their very first issue up till 1993 in an effort to expand the China Academic Journals Full-text Database. University Libraries subscriptions cover the following subjects: history, literature, philosophy, education, and social sciences.
• On University Libraries home page look for “C” under Indexes and Databases A-Z. Or, from EAL’s website select 中国学术期刊网:文史哲与教育/社会科学.
• If EAL does not own the journal in which you have located an article, use your ILLiad account, locate the journal in WorldCat, and request for the article.
• For articles published in Chinese journals from China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong that no libraries in North America own, please try the free East Asian Gateway Service provided by the University of Pittsburgh (http://www.library.pitt.edu/libraries/eal/Gateway-Form.htm).


How to request Chinese, Japanese, or Korean materials via Inter-Library Loan Service?

• You must have an ILLiad account in order to request loans. Please register at ILLiad first before making any request and it is free for UMN students and staff.
• Access WorldCat, select your search type, enter characters in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean; or romanizations.
• Once you have located wanted item, click the link “Interlibrary Loan/ILLiad” on the item display, which will direct you back to your ILLiad account.
• Review information for the item before submitting your ILL request.
• You will receive email notice once the requested item arrives in your designated U of M
library.


Where to find past issues of Ren Min Ri Bao?

Some users might need to install VPN (http://www.oit.umn.edu/vpn/) in their personal computers before they can access these resources.
• On University Libraries home page look for “P” under Indexes and Databases A-Z for
People’s Daily 人民日报. Or from EAL’s website click on 人民日报 People’s Daily.
• The database covers 60 years of past daily issues from May 1946 to present, fully
downloadable, printable, and daily updated with a lapse of 2 months.


Where to find past issues of major Japanese newspapers such as Asahi Shinbun 朝日新聞,
Mainichi Shinbun 每日新聞, and Yomiuri Shinbun 讀賣新聞?

• EAL holds some of the past issues of the 3 major Japanese newspapers in electronic,
microform, and print formats.
• A user’s manual on how to access the holdings is loaded on EAL’s public workstations.
• The coverages of holdings are as follows:
➢ Asahi Shinbun 朝日新聞
➢ On EAL station: Asahi Shinbun headlines (1945—1999)
➢ In microfilms: 07/1888—12/1899, 1935—1950
➢ In print: 2001—
➢ Mainichi Shinbun 每日新聞
➢ On EAL station: 1926—1995
➢ In microfilms: 1872—1874
➢ Yomiuri Shinbun 讀賣新聞
➢ On EAL station: 11/02/1874—07/31/1912; 07/01/1912—12/30/1926
➢ In microfilms: 1927—1930, 1941—1950
• Online database Kikuzo II Bijuaru covers the passed to the current issues of Asahi Shinbun.
➢ Asahi shinbun shukusatsuban, 1879—1989
➢ Asahi shinbun, 1985—
➢ Rekishi Shashin Archives, 1930—1945


Where to find English translation of Chinese, Japanese, or Korean works?

• Translated works in English are located in Wilson Library’s general collection.
• EAL holds translated works which are accompanied by the original Chinese, Japanese, or Korean texts.
• The most effective way to locate the translated works is to use the original author’s name in Romanized form for search under Author in MNCAT.


How does a person print out materials from EAL’s public workstations?

• EAL does not have a public printer, please use UNIPrinter located in the basement of Wilson Library for all printing needs.
• Once you have located wanted item in MNCAT, choose “Printer” at the item’s display; then follow the instructions.


Are EAL DVD movies subtitled in English?

• Only some of them. Please refer to the covers of the DVDs for detailed information. Or, ask EAL staff to check the bibliographical records of the DVDs.


Can I watch DVD movies in EAL?

• Yes, if the DVD is compatible with EAL’s public workstation. However, EAL does not provide earphones.


Can I view Microfilms in EAL?

• No. EAL does not provide the equipment for viewing microfilms.
• The microfilm readers are located on the basement level of Wilson library.


Can I return EAL materials to other libraries on campus?

• Yes. You can return EAL materials to any of the libraries which provide circulation services on the Twin Cities campuses.


Can I use my spouse’s or relative’s U card to borrow materials from EAL?

• EAL no longer provides any circulation services.
• Please consult Wilson Library’s circulation counters for borrowing privileges.


How can I donate to EAL?
• EAL no longer takes donations due to serious space constraints and the high cost of sorting, reviewing and processing donated material.


I am not affiliated with the University, can I borrow books from the East Asian Library?
• Please refer to the borrowing privileges (https://www.lib.umn.edu/services/borrowing) .
• Please consult your local public library if you already have a public library card.