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History 200B Hong Kong Cinema: Between China and the World

Guide for finding resources to complete assignments for History 200B

Accessing Library Books Using the Library Catalog

The online Library Catalog is best for finding books held by the University Library or I-Share Libraries.

You can also request a book through the catalog by clicking "Get It" in the catalog record.

Subject Searching

Why bother with subject headings in the online catalog when you can do keyword searching?

It’s true that you can find sources on a topic by doing keyword searches. But if you limit yourself to keyword searching, you are likely to miss important material on your topic that uses other terms. If you only need two or three books, you can probably find what you need by doing keyword searches, but if you are doing historical research, you can’t afford to miss critical material on your topic. For a comprehensive subject search, search with subject headings as well as keywords.


Quick Tip: A good way to identify subject headings for a topic is to do a keyword search in the online catalog using terms you think describe the topic and try to identify a few relevant books. Look at the full record for those books to see what subject headings were used, then do another search on those headings.

As a rule of thumb, use fairly broad headings, as well as the specific ones that describe your topic, in order to make sure you haven't inadvertently eliminated relevant material that is contained within works of larger scope. Most likely you will find multiple headings to describe your topic, and you should use all of them. You can narrow your search in the online catalog by combining subject headings (as a phrase) with keywords, using the “Advanced Search” option.


Examples of Subject Headings:

  • Motion pictures -- China -- Hong Kong -- History
  • Cinéma -- China -- Hong Kong -- Histoire
  • 24.34 genres of film art
  • Motion pictures
  • China -- Hong Kong
  • China
  • Films
  • Film
  • Hongkong
  • History

E-book Collections

Alternative Ways to Access Physical Items

Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery (Doc Express)


Interlibrary Loan

Items that CAN be requested

Items that CANNOT be requested


Doc Express

Items that CAN be requested:

  • Items found in the Library Catalog
  • Journal articles
  • Book chapters
  • Microfilm & microfiche

Items that CANNOT be requested:

  • Items held by other institutions
  • Complete books

Scholarly Databases

  • Academic Search Ultimate 
    • A scholarly, multidisciplinary database providing indexing and abstracts for over 10,000 publications, including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, and others. Also includes full-text access to over 5,000 journals. Offers coverage of many areas of academic study including: archaeology, area studies, astronomy, biology, chemistry, civil engineering, electrical engineering, ethnic & multicultural studies, food science & technology, general science, geography, geology, law, mathematics, mechanical engineering, music, physics, psychology, religion & theology, women's studies, and other fields.
Humanities- and Subject-Specific

There are several major collections of full-text electronic journals. In these databases you can browse individual issues of journals, or you can do a search across the entire database.

Full-text Collections


  • Bibliography of Asian Studies
    • On-line version of the Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS) contains 787,165 records on all subjects (especially in the humanities and the social sciences) pertaining to East, Southeast, and South Asia published worldwide from 1971 to the present... In addition to entries compiled since 1997, the online BAS includes the full data of all of the printed volumes of the BAS issued from the 1971 up to the 1991 volumes (published in 1997)... Through the 1991 printed volume, the BAS included citations to Western-language periodical articles, monographs, chapters in edited volumes, conference proceedings, anthologies, and Festschriften, etc.
  • Hong Kong Movie Database (in English)
    • Search by people, movies, and companies to find data relating to films. Lists of directors/actors/crew etc. Like IMDB but for Hong Kong Cinema