Encyclopedias are excellent resources for exploring research topics. Just looking at the table of contents or the index can spark an idea. Furthermore, reading a short introduction to a topic of interest, and then exploring the bibliography, can get you started on a satisfying research topic about which you have genuine interest.
Ebooks can be accessed with a click. Hard copies are located in the Social Science and Education Reference Stacks on Level 1. (Any help desk employee can assist you in finding these books).
Encyclopedia of Modern China, David Pong (ed.). 4 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, 2009. Ebook.
Accessing and searching this encyclopedia is a bit tricky. Follow these instructions: (1) Clicking the link provided above, this will take you to Gale E-books "Advanced Search"; (2) Change search criteria from "Keywords" to "Publication Title" enter "Encyclopedia of Modern China." (3) Click on the publication title link "Encyclopedia of Modern China" that appears in any entry that you see; this will take you to a search page for this 4 vol. work. (4) Enter search terms in the box at the right of the screen that reads "Search within this publication."
Comprehensive Dictionaries (Multiple Volumes)
Asian Reference PL 1420 .H26 1987 (12 vols.)
Asian Reference PL 1420 .H26 1986 (10 vols.)
Dai Kanwa jiten 大漢和辞典 (Morohashi) Definitions in Japanese
Asian Reference PL 681.C5 M6 1966 (13 vols).
Asian Reference PL 1420 .C57 (40 vols).
Asian Reference PL 1420 .T86 1979 (3 vols.)