Asia and the West: Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange is one archive of the newly acquired digital resource, Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO). It is primarily made up of documents generated by diplomatic missions of the United States and Britain to Korea, Japan, China, and other East Asian nations. Some missionary records and publications and a collection of periodicals related to Asian culture and society are also included. Each of the collections in the archive is browseable. Basic and advanced searching of the collections is also possible, although the results will vary from collection to collection depending on how much machine-readable content is included. The full text of handwritten documents is not searchable.
Researchers of U.S. and British foreign policy and diplomacy; Asian political, economic, and social affairs; missionary activities; the Opium Wars; the Boxer Rebellion; and the Philippine Insurrection will all find a rich body of sources to explore. There are probably few topics related to East Asia and its early interactions with the West that would not be informed by resources in this collection.
Search tip: In advanced search, you have the option to “Allow variations.” This is a good option to choose, since it will look for British and American spelling variations (harbor/harbour) and also may compensate for some Optical Character Recognition (OCR) errors that inevitably occur during the scanning process.
Let me know in the comments or by email if you make any interesting discoveries in the collections or have any particular search tips you want to share.
Joyce Carol Oates, an esteemed member of the Graduate Services Modern Authors Collection, will be giving the 2010-2011 Avenali Lecture this Thursday night (February 10) at 6pm in the Sibley Auditorium at the Bechtel Engineering Center. This lecture is titled “A Writer’s (Secret) Life: Rejection, Woundedness, and Inspiration.” A follow up panel discussion with Joyce Carol Oates, Dori Hale, Vikram Chandra, Wendy Lesser, and Anthony Cascardi will take place Friday (February 11) from 12 to 2pm in the Maude Fifie room, 315 Wheeler Hall. These events are sponsered by the Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities at UC Berkeley. This will be a ticketed event, and tickets will be available at the Sibley Auditorium beginning at 5pm on the evening of the lecture. One ticket per person.
Below are a few of the many books written by Joyce Carol Oates in the Graduate Services Collection. Come read a few in anticipation of this great event. Enjoy.
What I Lived For
Blond: A Novel
The Faith of a Writer: Life, Craft, Art
High Lonesome: New and Selected Stories, 1966-2006
By the North Gate
After the Wreck, I Picked Myself Up, Spread My Wings, and Flew Away
Little Bird of Heaven: A Novel
Zombie: A Novel
Synthesis Digital Library Update for August and September, 2012
- The Answer Machine, by Susan E. Feldman.
(Information Concepts, Retrieval, and Services Series)
- Capstone Design Courses, Part II: Preparing Biomedical Engineers for the Real World, by Jay R. Goldberg, Marquette University.
(Biomedical Engineering Series)
- Cardiac Tissue Engineering: Principles, Materials, and Applications, by Emil Ruvinov, Yulia Sapir, and Smadar Cohen, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.
(Tissue Engineering Series)
- Cyber Foraging: Bridging Mobile and Cloud Computing, by Jason Flinn, University of Michigan.
(Mobile and Pervasive Computing Series)
- Distributed Computing by Oblivious Mobile Robots, by Paola Flocchini (University of Ottawa), Giuseppe Prencipe (University of Pisa, Italy), and Nicola Santoro (Carleton University).
(Distributed Computing Theory Series)
- Energy-Efficient Scheduling under Delay Constraints for Wireless Networks, by Randall Berry (Northwestern University), Eytan Modiano (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), and Murtaza Zafer (IBM Research).
(Communication Networks Series)
- Model-Driven Software Engineering in Practice, by Marco Brambilla (Politecnico di Milano, Italy), Jordi Cabot (École des Mines de Nantes, France), Manuel Wimmer (Vienna University of Technology, Austria).
(Software Engineering Series)
- Natural Language Processing for Historical Texts, by Michael Piotrowski, Leibniz Institute of European History, Germany.
(Human Language Technologies Series)
- Signal Processing for Solar Array Monitoring, Fault Detection, and Optimization, by Mahesh Banavar, et al.
(Power Electronics Series)