East Asian Languages and Cultures | Basic Reference Works in Chinese Studies
C511 | 28201 | Eno

Basic Reference Works in Chinese Studies
This course is intended to acquaint you with the basic referencetool
s 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

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
Historical Studies                                Biographical
Geography                                           Calendrics
Traditional Bibliography                      Modern Bibliography
Collectania                                           Sinological
Sinological History                              Analytic Research
Literary Studies Tools                          Buddhist Studies
Encyclopedias                                      Late Imperial
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