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Southeast Asian Studies: Find Books

A guide to resources and research on Southeast Asia

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General Tips for Searching Books in UW Libraries Search

  • Try a keyword search either using English or the language you are looking for.
  • Notice the subject headings on the useful books that you retrieve and click on those subject headings to find more useful books.
  • Use the Advanced Search to limit your search to words in the title or subject, to limit by language, or by date of publication
  • Use the Refine My Results bar on the left to narrow the scope of your search to. For instance, if you search on Vietnam War, you can find sub-topics by clicking on the Topics heading.

Advanced Tips for finding books about Southeast Asia through UW Libraries Search

Tips for Using the International WorldCat database

Books about Southeast Asia in general can be found by searching on the subject term "Southeast Asia."  If you are looking for works on a particular country, use the country name in your search.  You can also search by the the names of peoples and languages, "Indonesian" for instance, or you can use "Indonesia" with the truncation symbol "Indonesia*" to find all instances of both "Indonesia" and "Indonesian." Try a keyword search first and look at the assigned Subject Headings to refine your search.  Note that you can limit any search by language, if you are looking for foreign language materials

Plurals, truncation, and wildcards
Use * for truncation
Use # for a wildcard character
Use ?N for up to N characters

Non Roman Script Materials

The UW WorldCat does not represent non-roman scripts, such as Thai or Burmese.  These languages are transliterated into roman alphabet.  We use the Library of Congress Transliteration Tables to represent these languages.  You need to become familiar with this table in order to search the catalog in Thai, Burmese or Khmer.  Note that you do not have to input the diacritic marks to search in the catalog.

Note on Vietnamese Language

Vietnamese language displays imperfectly in the catalog.  You cannot search using Vietnamese diacritics, but the catalog will find every variant of the word you are searching, regardless of diacritics.  Often this means that you have to qualify your search by using more than one term.

Finding Works of Fiction in Foreign Languages

See General Information on Finding Foreign Language Materials,  and Foreign Literature Searching, particularly if you are looking for works of fiction.

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