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POM ID 1 - China From Inside and Out - Prof. Barr - FA 17

Your Assignment and Quick Start

Welcome! This course guide has been created to assist you with finding library resources related to your final research paper for ID1 China from Inside and out. Please feel free to contact me at any point throughout the research process if you need help or want a friendly person to help you walk through the research process.

For your second paper for this class, you will need to include outside sources that are relevant to your topic. For these outside sources, you can use popular sources (blogs, tweets, popular magazine articles) as well as scholarly, peer-reviewed articles. Be sure to cite everything you use, including sources like blogs.

For your third paper, you will need to include one or more of the works you've read in class (primary sources), as well as a scholarly secondary source.

For your fourth and final paper for the class, you will need to find at least one scholarly secondary source that is relevant to your topic.

Use these databases to find secondary sources:

Find Books


The most efficient way to find a particular book in the Claremont Colleges library is to search the catalog by title and author. However, if you want to browse or are having trouble locating the book after you've found it in the catalog, you may want to try these Library of Congress call number locations:

DS701-DS799.9 This call number range covers all aspects of Chinese history. Books in this range are on the 3rd floor South of the Mudd Library.

PL1001-3311 This call number range covers Chinese language and literature. Books in this range are on Level 1 of the multi-tier stacks in the Honnold Library.

For a map of the library and more directions, see this link or go to any service desk in the library to pick up a map or ask a staff member for assistance.

Organize your research

Citation mangers are tools that organize your research and help you save time. You can even create bibliographies and in-text citations!

The library supports two citation managers:

  • Zotero is a free, open-source tool that lives in your browser. There are plug-ins for Microsoft Office so you can use it to cite in-text.
  • RefWorks is a subscription-based tool. There are plug-ins for Microsoft Office so you can use it to cite in-text. RefWorks requires a Claremont Colleges Library log-in, but you can continue to use it even after you graduate.

See below for guides on using each of these tools.

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