Dr. Hugh Blackmer
Tuesday Evenings, 7-9 PM
I want to do something interesting with this course. Some of the basics are pretty clear:
Week 5: Finding the hidden... and deciding what to DO with what you've found
Bibliographic Guides and week 3
Bibliography of Asian Studies is clearly an important access point. Look at the Browse categories... what's missing? And what are its limits? (temporal, subject, etc.)
So how can we approach the question of what are our holdings?
LCSH 'China...' 3287 headings, 10639 items;
'East Asia...' 340 headings, 835 items;
'Japan...' 3398 headings, 9039 items;
'Korea...' 646 headings, 1469 items...
and that doesn't count the items that subdivide geographically
I've started exploring Creating Lists from Annie, to give me some material to work with.
I have an extract of 741 titles, supposedly those with "Korea" somewhere in a subject heading, which I've been massaging with Word and Excel (the most completely massaged version is H:\koreash11.xls). Some 189 of them are Gov Docs or (in a few cases) in the Law School (a separate file: h:\korgovdocs.xls)I've made another List of those with 'China' or 'Chinese' in Subject, intending to download it in much simpler format --ideally, to be able to sort the set by Call Number, to get a sense of the 'mapping' of 'China' in the collection. The underlying question: where besides DS?
The problem with this file is that it has too much information --too big, too unwieldy to tell us much without a LOT of fiddling.
And I have a somewhat complicated pair of Japan files; c:\eas190\japan2a.xls is 3276 records, 3194 with call numbers. \japan2b seems to be the MARC records for an uncertain total number (?5351?) --but I'm not sure yet whether it includes or doesn't include the 3276...