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East Asian Collection

Find East Asian Materials

(Horizon and Lens)

East Asian materials are searchable through Horizon, the Library’s online catalog or through Lens, a next generation search tool for Library resources .

Search by Romanization : Both alphabetical and keyword searches can be done in romanization (or transliteration). We use the Pinyin system for Chinese, modified Hepburn for Japanese, and McCune-Reischauer for Korean. For romanization for the CJK languages, check the following schemes:

Wade-Giles to Pinyin conversion
Modified Hepburn

Search by East Asian Characters : This can be done only with the keyword search via Library’s online catalog ( Horizon) but not via Lens. The IME (Input Method Editor) is used for input. On the bottom line of the Horizon screen, you can find a square box containing 2 letters, usually EN. If you click on this, you can choose non-Roman scripts for input: Chinese (PRC) = simplified characters, Chinese (Taiwan) = traditional characters, Japanese, or Korean. Important note: For a comprehensive search for Chinese materials, you must do two searches; one using the simplified characters and the other using the traditional characters (search in the simplified characters retrieves only records in the simplified characters, and so does with the traditional characters). For step by step search instruction, go to . For instruction on setting up CJK input capability on your own computer, go to .


It is located in the northeast corner (against the wall) of the fifth floor stack in Regenstein. There are separate catalogs for Chinese, Japanese or Korean, plus the Classified Catalog and its Index to provide subject access. Please be aware that the card catalog covers only the materials that were added to the East Asian Collection before 1984. The later materials can only be searched by online catalog Horizon or search tool Lens.

For Chinese, the card catalog uses the older romanization, Wade-Giles, rather than Pinyin. View this table for converting Pinyin to Wade-Giles . For Japanese or Korean, the romanization is the same as what is used for online search (see above).