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EAST 224: Taiwan Native-Soil Literature: Background Source

What is a background source?

Background sources are written for a general audience and are intended to give an overview of a topic, fill gaps in the reader’s knowledge, and provide context for deeper understanding.  Examples include Wikipedia, introductory textbooks, and reference works such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, and handbooks.  

When working on a new research topic, it is often helpful to begin with these three questions,
·         What research question you want to answer in this paper?
·         How to narrow down to specific topic?
·         What are the available USEFUL resources for your topic?
Beginning with reading a basic overview of the subject is often a good start.
Encyclopedias and dictionaries provide such overviews to help you familiarize with relevant vocabulary and to provide useful suggestions for further readings.   

Encyclopedias, Dictionaries and References

Subject Search

Related Subject Search on Library of Congress Subject Heading

  • Popular culture -- Taiwan
  • Mass media and culture – Taiwan
  • Chinese literature -- Taiwan
  • Chinese literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism
  • Chinese literature -- 20th century -- Taiwan
  • Chinese literature -- Translations into English
  • Chinese literature -- 20th century -- Western influences
  • Chinese literature -- 20th century -- Women authors
  • East Asian literature -- 20th century -- Encyclopedias

CJK Romanization System

OBIS DOES NOT support the search CJK language material using Chinese/Japanese/Korean characters. 

  • Romanization for CJK languages (Chinese/Japanese/Korean) 
  1. Libraries use China’s pinyin system but have significant variations. Please refer to the Library of Congress New Chinese Romanization Guideline 2011 for a quick reference. The guideline also provides reference to Wade-Giles and Pinyin conversion.
  2. For Japanese Romanization system (2012).
  3. For Korean Romanization system (2009).
  4. For Tibetan Romanization system (2015).


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