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Chinese 640 - Modern Chinese Literature for Advanced Heritage Learners: Reference Sources Plus

Reference Books vs. Circulating Books 参考书与流通书

Reference books should only be used for an overview, and not as one of your major sources.  Because reference book articles are short, you are not going to find the level of detail required to write a successful paper.

Circulating books offers more specific information on one major subject with lots of details in its further subdivision.  You may also find lots of supporting materials via facts, personal experience or survey as well as possible some statistics.  It takes you to a deeper level of research.

Garver Reference Room


The Garver Room houses the library’s main reference collection. 

Use reference materials, such as almanacs, fact books, dictionaries and encyclopedias to get an overview of key terms and concepts related to your topics as a way to begin the research process.

Where can I find them?

Reference books are located in the Garver Room (silent study room).

  • Reference books CANNOT be checked out or leave the library.
  • Please return reference books to the Garver Room when you're done using them.
  • All reference books will have the prefix REF before the call number.

Circulating books are located in the stacks. 

  • Please use the Stack Directory in the Main Help Desk area or ask librarians.
  • If you don't find a circulating book in the stack, you may check 1) Books around the slot where it should be; 2) The shelves with "To be shelved" in the stacks; 3) Ask the librarian at the Circulation Desk to see if it is just returned.
  • Librarians can help you to get a copy via an Interlibrary Loan service.

Questions & Answers 有问有答

Q. Dear librarian, after I searched the NOBLE Catalog, I found one of the items I like to read having a call number like this:  C951 M12YI.  what does it mean and where I can find it?

A. This prefix means this item is in Chinese language. You can find it in the regular stacks for all books in the range of 951.  Ms. Pei

Q. Yu Guangzhong or Yu Kwang-chung?

A. Both are correct, so search with both spellings.

Q. Ch'ing Dynasty or Qing Dynasty?

A. Qing Dynasty is a better term.  However, you may try both when doing the keyword search.  Plus, you should try one of the following suggested terms.

For example, you might want to read this ficiton: Empress Orchid by Anchee Min.

For more questions, stop by the Help Desk to talk to Ms. Pei.

Ms. Pei