East Asian Languages and Cultures | Basic Reference Works in Chinese Studies
C511 | 26222 | Eno, R.


This course is intended to acquaint you with the basic reference
tools required to do research on traditional China and to
familiarize you with the IU East Asian Library collection.  We will
also devote time to the discussion of research procedures, and to
the conceptual and formal aspects of preparing research papers.  The
basic goal of the course is to help you feel more at home (less
threatened by) the field of “sinology,” to strengthen your skills in
the mechanics of research, and to raise your awareness of the
problems, tools, and methods of specialists in subfields other than
those in which you have primary experience.

The initial weeks of the course will be devoted to practice using
varieties of dictionaries.  Subsequent course topics will include
bibliographical tools, and tools related to subfields of Chinese
studies, such as literature, history, etc.  Class time will involve
both introducing research tools and improving your ability to read
them.  Basic reading competence in Classical Chinese is a
prerequisite.

Assignments and grading.  You will be expected to participate
actively in class discussions, and to complete regular assignments.
These will consist of in-class readings, occasional take-home
translation exercises, regular problem-solving homework, and
occasional in-class reports.  There will be a final project – a
survey plus bibliography of the history of students’ fields of
choice, limited by page length to manageable dimensions.  Grades
will be determined on the basis of the quality of homework
assignments, class participation, and final projects.

Texts.  None.  Course materials will be available through Oncourse.

The following topics will be covered during the term:

DICTIONARIES				CLASSICAL STUDIES

HISTORICAL STUDIES			BIOGRAPHICAL RESEARCH
GEOGRAPHY 				CALENDRICS
TRADITIONAL BIBLIOGRAPHY	MODERN BIBLIOGRAPHY
COLLECTANIA				SINOLOGICAL JOURNALS
SINOLOGICAL HISTORY		ANALYTIC RESEARCH STYLES
LITERARY STUDIES TOOLS		BUDDHIST STUDIES TOOLS
ENCYCLOPEDIAS			LATE IMPERIAL STUDIES
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