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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

History 381: Exploring the Modern City: New York, London, Paris, Berlin, St. Petersburg, Shanghai, and Beyond

A course guide.


Map of Shanghai

This guide provides a broad overview of the types of resources you might use while working on your assignment for this class. Because the University of Illinois Library has such a large collection (24 million items in a wide variety of formats, including 13 million books, 9 million microforms, 120,000 periodicals, and 650,000 maps), beginning your research can sometimes be daunting. This guide will help you find the resources you need in a large, research library.

The Library has many subject specialists available to assist you in your research, so if you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Celestina Savonius-Wroth
History Librarian
(217) 300-3520 |

Kit Condill
Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Librarian
(217)-333-1349 |

ShuYong Jiang
Chinese Studies Librarian
(217) 244-3669 |


Image credit: "Map of Shanghai" in the British Library (Reference 14187), from the digital collection China: Trade, Politics, and Culture, 1793-1980.