HIST 270: China in the World
History Department Tim Brook/Tim Cheek
This library assignment is designed to allow you to use and develop your skills in a
research group. The purpose is to familiarize yourself with reference tools you will have
to use frequently in this course or in any historical study. Each group of two students will
complete and turn in one library assignment (on the day indicated on the class syllabus).
Your assignment is to research one figure or event or institution or social custom from
China in the world up through the Ming. Choose a name or term from course readings so
far. When you have chosen your topic do the following:
• find an entry on the topic in a biographical dictionary, encyclopedia, or
dictionary of Chinese or Asian history (who can find the newest or most useful
reference book/e-book?); photocopy the entry to attach to your assignment to
• after reading that entry, locate three scholarly articles on that topic (in a
language you can read) in scholarly journals. (NOTE: you do not have to find the
actual article in a journal for all three articles, but you must xerox the title page of
one such article from a journal in Koerner Library or from our e-holdings and
attach the it to your assignment.) AND three scholarly monographs that inform
your topic (in your report, below, explain why you chose these books and articles).
• type a two-page report of what you have learned, including the complete
bibliographic information for the three articles whose title you located (author,
title, journal, issue #, date, pp. AAA-BBB), the three monographs (author, title,
place, publisher, date), and the full names of the periodical guide(s) (or on-line
databases) in which you found the titles.
• attach photocopies of the biographical or encyclopedia entry and the title page
of one relevant article for your topic to your report & bibliography.
Note: Be prepared to locate scholarly book reviews, because you will have to do this
later in the course.