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The end of term is here! As you are finishing up term papers, getting ready for presentations, and studying for final exams, the librarians have rounded up some things to push your assignments to the finish line. If you need help finding a copy of one of these resources, or need help finding other resources, come visit us from 11-3 Monday through Friday for reference help. Whether you’re searching for political science, natural resources, education, or something else, we love searching for you! Check out the linked resources below.

So You Want to Write About American Indians?: a Guide for Writers, Students, and Scholars by Devon Abbott Mihesuah gives an overview of both fiction and nonfiction books written about Indigenous people, and looks at challenges–many from the author’s own experience–that writers should be aware of when writing about this topic. Especially great for creative writing and English classes.

How to Critique Journal Articles in the Social Sciences by Scott R. Harris provides concise step by step tips and suggestions to reading articles written in the social science discipline, and how to spot strengths and weaknesses in research articles. A helpful read for learning to skim research articles and for suggestions on how to write up your own.

Writing Research Papers: a Complete Guide by James D. Lester & James D. Lester, Jr. is a traditional and practical book that will take you from selecting and narrowing down a research topic to formulating data to formatting your final paper. It covers a wide array of discipline and research writing styles.

Learning and Teaching Together: Weaving Indigenous Ways of Knowing Into Education by Michele T.D. Tanaka introduces teachers to an indigenist approach to education. Rather than focusing of theory and discussion, this book looks at how a group of settler teachers were able to respectfully implement Indigenous knowledge into their classrooms.

Therapeutic Nations: Healing in an Age of Indigenous Human Rights by Dian Million is an easy to read and understand book analyzing the way that trauma plays into the history of Indigenous peoples in North America.

Exploring Indigenous Social Justice edited by John G. Hansen, Ph. D is sixteen chapters by nineteen different expert authors on the what, where, and how in Indigenous social justice principles and practices. This book looks at social justice issues through methodology, education, resiliency, and from an international lens.

A Deeper Sense of Place: Stories and Journeys of Indigenous-Academic Collaboration by Jay T. Johnson and Soren C. Larsen looks at the ethical, political, intellectual, and practical meanings of collaboration with Indigenous peoples through a geographical lens of place. Also available online.

Research for Social Justice: A Community-Based Approach by Adje van de Sande & Karen Schwartz is written for students who are interested in exploring community based approaches in their research and their papers, with chapters on beginning research to how to write and present your report.

Doing Respectful Research: Power, Privilege and Passion by Susan A. Tilley focuses on the role power, privilege and passion play into the decisions of what gets researched, who is positioned as a  researcher or a participant and how data are collected, analyzed represented and publicized.

Giving Back: Research and Reciprocity in Indigenous Settings edited by RDK Herman addresses the need for reciprocity in the research process.


DS709 F3386 2018 v.1-2
法国画报记录的晚清(1846-1885) / 张霞, 李小玉译

DS776 H8983 2018
生活的逻辑 : 城市日常世界中的民国知识人(1927-1937) / 胡悦晗著

HE6185 C55 Z436 2018
德纳罗密档 : 1877年中国海关筹印邮票之秘辛 / 赵岳译著

LA1131 Z48 2019
清季民初的学制、学堂与经学 / 朱贞著

ND1049 W7845 A4 2019
风筝不断线 : 走进吴冠中的绘画世界 / 湖南省博物馆编

PL2781.N2 Z814 2019
林语堂传 : 中国文化重生之道 / 钱锁桥著

PL2886.O1684 Z9878 2018
个体生命视角下的莫言小说研究 / 张雪飞著

Z3109 M4545 2019
美國加州大學爾灣分校圖書館中文古籍目錄 / 張穎, (美)倪莉編


BL2017.85 N36 S23 2018
Vārkār Gurū Nānak / by Hardev Singh Sachar

PK2099.32 U76 D37 2018
Dastaka detī yādeṃ / Viśvambhara Purohita

PK2200 A2214 J34 2018
Jahan tera hai ya mera : novel / by Abdus Samad

PK2651 G55 2018
Moye mittran da moh : rekha-chitar / by Ninder Ghugianvi

PK2659 D467 S25 2019
Saltanat : novel : by Darshan S. Dhir

TX945.5 M33 T43 2018
McDonald’s सक्सेस story : विश्वप्रसिद्ध बर्गर कंपनी की शिखरगाथा / प्रदीप ठाकुर / by Pradeep Thakur


BQ8749 S557 N298 2018
親鸞の往生思想 / 内藤知康

DS822.3 T79 2018
幕末の江戶風俗 / 塚原渋柿園 著 ; 菊池真一 編

DS865.5 N358 2018
南北朝「内乱」 / 悪党研究会編

DS871.7 M375 2018
踏み絵とガリバー : 鎖国日本をめぐるオランダとイギリス / 松尾龍之介

HT612 C3816 2018
移民の子どもと世代間社会移動 : 連鎖する社会的不利の克服に向けて / OECD 編著 ; 木下江美, 布川あゆみ, 斎藤里美訳

NA8306 J22 N35 2018
茶室を感じる / 中村義明, 前田圭介

PL726.85 O43 2018
反ヘイト・反新自由主義の批評精神 : いま読まれるべき〈文学〉とは何か / 岡和田晃

PL763.7 T36 2018
十七字の戦争 : 川柳誌から見た太平洋戦争と庶民の暮らし / 田村義彦著


AC148 K5674 2018
치치암 일록 / 이 규대 譯

GT1755 K6 Y576 2018
조선 1637-1897 왕 의 옷 을 짓다 / 이 봉이 지음

MT6 C476 H36 2018
한국 음악 장단 의 역사 / 전 인평

PL972.7 S56 2018
방아쇠 수지 증후군 / 강 성남 외 지음

PL976.7 H86 2019
지정석 외 : 제 64회 現代 文學賞 수상 시집 / 안 미옥 [and nine others].

PL981.7 H866 v.64
모르그 디오라마 외 : 2019 제64회 現代文學賞 수상소설집 / 박민정 [and 10 others]

PL991.58 C4 2018 v.1-4
오 장환 전집 / 박 수연·노 자영·손 택수 편

PL994.9 S646 K34 2018
캣 콜링 : 이 소호 시집

The UBC Library Digitization Centre Special Projects collection is a variety of smaller projects from the UBC Library Rare Books & Special Collections or University Archives divisions.

There are 106 items in this collection, including maps, books, albums, and other miscellaneous documents. These projects emphasize the depth and breadth of the Library’s rare materials holdings and give visitors a glimpse into some unique materials.


The Special Project collection contains some bibliographies about the Puban Collection(蒲坂藏書) and the Japanese Maps of the Tokugawa Era Collection.

The Puban Collection is one of the most distinguished Chinese rare book collections in North America. It contains some 3,200 Chinese titles in about 45,000 volumes, including numerous rare books in many subject fields such as history, literature, philology and philosophy. As mentioned in this tweet, the oldest book in Open Collections, Shang shu tong kao 尚書通考, is from the Puban Collection.

A descriptive Catalogue of Valuable Manuscripts and Rare Books from China (1959)

This catalogue is about books in the Puban Collection issued during the Sung, Yuan, and Ming Dynasties (960-1644) in China. The author, Yi-t’ung Wang (王伊同, 1914-2016), was a professor at UBC History Department in 1957-l962. Professor Wang picked the most valuable items in this collection and composed a descriptive catalogue.

A descriptive Catalogue of Valuable Manuscripts and Rare Books from China (1959)

The Puban Collection has not been fully digitized, which makes the bibliography especially informative.  With the help of Professor Wang’s work, we can have a preview of the most precious items in this collection.


There are 68 maps in the Special Projects collection, the oldest of which dates back to approximately 1587. A lot of these maps are nautical charts, mine maps, and geological maps that are quite different from the maps most people are familiar with.

Vancouver, B.C., 1890

Have you seen a map of Vancouver like this? It is a bird’s-eye view map printed in 1890. It depicts Vancouver in an artistic style, with drawings of 38 city buildings in margins of map, and index to points of interest in the bottom. Downtown Vancouver is in the foreground, while the rest of the city stands at the far end.

Vancouver, B.C., 1890

On the left-hand side, there is a bridge across the False Creek. It was the Westminster Avenue Bridge. In 1910, the avenue was renamed as Main Street. The eastern part of False Creek was filled for railway lands in the 1910s and 1920s. As a result, the bridge no longer exists. Another bridge on the False Creek, the Cambie Street Bridge, was opened in 1891, the year after this map was printed.


Kanada no sakae 金田之栄 [Prosperity in Canada]

This is an album of Japanese Canadian children published in 1921. According to the preface, the album was in commemoration of Prince Hirohito’s tour of Europe. It contains photos of 545 children from 259 families. Most of the families lived in B.C.

These two boys were living in 10th Avenue, Vancouver. Their family was from Kagoshima, Japan.

These children were living in Powell Street, Vancouver. Their families were from Hiroshima, Japan. The Powell Street area was once a Japanese neighborhood until World War II when Japanese Canadians within 100 miles of the British Columbia coast were forced to relocate east to the B.C. interior and other provinces.

The album lists the children’s addresses, names, dates of birth, and hometowns in Japan. It is especially valuable for Japanese immigration history and genealogy research.

In 2017, Professor Norifumi Kawahara from Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan, re-edited and published the album. An alphabetical list of the children’s names in English is attached to the album as well as maps showing where they lived. The re-edited album is available at UBC Asian Library.

If you enjoyed this post, please visit UBC Library Digitization Centre Special Projects and explore more!

Without the Library is a student profile series, that welcomes the unique stories of UBC students and showcases how the Library helps shape their academic success and campus experience.

In a previous post, we introduced some maps from the Japanese Maps of the Tokugawa Era Collection. UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections holds one of the world’s largest collections of maps and guidebooks of the Japanese Tokugawa period, ca. 1600-1868. This collection does not consist simply of maps of Japan. It also has maps and books about various peoples and countries of the world.

In this post, we will explore a few guidebooks in the collection that depict the outside world. Despite the isolationist foreign policy during the Edo period, the Japanese people were fascinated by different peoples and cultures and were keen to know more.

Amerika shinwa 亜墨新話 [New story of America]

This work is about a Japanese sailor’s adventure. Hatsutarō was working on Eiju Maru, a Japanese shipping vessel. In 1841, he and twelve other members of the crew were blown out to sea. After months of drifting, they were rescued by a Spanish ship and brought to Lower California. Hatsutarō lived and worked there for seven months, and went back to Japan in 1843. As soon as he arrived, the local lord ordered two scholars and a painter to write down his journey in America.

The book is a four-volume manuscript with numerous coloured drawings, covering American people’s appearances, social customs, clothing, houses, and so on, from a Japanese sailor’s perspective.

[Spanish vessel rescuing shipwreck survivors], vol. 1, p. 78.

[Women’s outwear], vol. 2, p. 20

[Wedding ceremony], vol. 2, p.44

Notice that the drawings were done by Tsurana Morizumi (守住 貫魚), a painter who never traveled abroad. Like many other images about foreigners in the Edo period, these drawings are a mix of imagination, creativity, hearsay, and observation.

Gaiban yōbō zuga 外蕃容貌圖画 [Pictures of foreigners’ features]

This is a book of drawings, edited by Tagawa Harumichi (田川 春道) and illustrated by Kurata Tōgaku (倉田 東岳). There are two volumes, consisting of illustrations and brief explanations of people from 42 countries in Asia, Europe, Africa, and North and South America. It reveals a Japanese view of foreign people of that period. It was published in 1855, two years after the American Black Ships forced the opening of Japan to America and the end of National Isolation policy in 1853.

Below are two leaves from the second volume of the book. Can you tell they are people from Nova Scotia and Italy?

[People from Nova Scotia, North America], vol. 2, p. 48

[People from Italy, Europe], vol. 2, p. 8

Meriken shinshi 米利幹新誌 [New account of America]  

This may be the first printed Japanese book exclusively about the geography and history of North and South America and consists of five volumes. In volume 1, there are four maps showing the Eastern and Western hemispheres and North and South America. In volume 2, there is a map of the then-existing 31 states of the United States. There are also illustrations through the five volumes. This book was also published in 1855.

南北亜墨利加全圖 Nanboku Amerika zenzu [Map of South and North America]. Vol. 1, p. 8.

Left: [Portrait of George Washington]. Right: [Portrait of Amerigo Vespucci]. Vol. 1, p.12.

The author, Shigenobu Tsurumine(鶴峯 戊申, 1788-1859), was a well-known scholar of Japanese classics who was also interested in western technology. His work Gogaku shinsho  語学新書 [New Book on the Study of Language ] was the first book of Japanese grammar based on western grammatical rules and conceptions.

To learn more about the Japanese Maps of the Tokugawa Era Collection, please check out our previous post, and the website of ASIA453, a course on Japanese Travel Literature held by UBC’s Asian Studies Department.

On November 11th, 1918 at 11 in the morning, the end of the First World War was marked. This is why in Canada and in other countries, there is a moment of silence–to thank the men & women who fought. Remembrance Day in Canada spotlights Canada’s role during the First World War (1914-1918), the Second World War (1939-1945) and the Korean War (1950-1953), but it honours all who have served and continue to do so. Remembrance Day is an opportunity to honour the soldiers who returned back home and to commemorate those who were not able.

We have rounded up some books and resources from our collection telling the stories and sharing the voices of Indigenous veterans from Canada and the US. We encourage you to proudly wear a poppy and to take part in memorial services over the holiday weekend. Here are some events that are taking place on Remembrance Day around the Lower Mainland.

From the Tundra to the Trenches by Eddy Weetaltuk is his own story of joining the Canadian Armed Forces to fight in the Korean War. Inuit people at this time were not allowed to leave the North, so he changed his name & identity to begin his 15 year career with the Canadian Forces.


Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko follows Tayo, a young Native American man who was a prisoner of war during World War II. When he returns home, he struggles with feelings of isolation and estrangement. When other soldiers turned to violence and alcohol, Tayo turns to culture and tradition to help fight off despair.

The Militarization of Indian Country by Winona LaDuke with Sean Aaron Cruz looks at the long political and economic relationship between Native America and the military, and the impact the military has had on Native peoples, lands, and culture.

Year in Nam: a Native American Soldier’s Story by Leroy TeCube goes into intimate detail of the day to day life of him and his platoon in Vietnam, and how his memories of his home in New Mexico and his culture were a source of strength.

For King and Kanata: Canadian Indians and the First World War by Timothy C. Winegard gives a detailed look into the relationship between the Indigenous people who served in Canadian Forces during World War I and the government they were fighting for. Covering the history of how they were first excluded and then actively recruited for the war effort, Winegard delves into coverage of both the policies and the experiences that would affect every aspect of the war experience for Canada’s Aboriginal soldiers.

Tales of the Mighty Code Talkers. Volume One edited by Arigon Starr: A graphic novel featuring seven separate stories of the many different Indigenous groups and nations that made contributions to the World War II war effort in the Pacific campaigns.

From the West Coast to the Western Front : British Columbians and the Great War by Mark Forsythe and Greg Dickson is a compilation of stories, artifacts and photos sent in by BC Almanac listeners from across the province, this book tells of submarine smuggling, bagpipes lost on the battlefield, of the ongoing struggles by soldiers who made it home, and of both battles of loss and heroism.

Two Trails Narrow: a novel by Stephen McGregor

Through our Soldiers’ Eyes : Military Memories from the Mission Valley edited by Christa Umphrey is the work of grade 11 students in rural Northwest Montana on the Flathead Indian Reservation. They interviewed and recorded over 30 veterans’ oral histories of their time in the American Armed Forces.

The Asian Library hosted a lively Diwali celebration at the Liu Institute with the support of UBC Equity & Inclusion, Alumni UBC, and the Centre for Indian and South Asian Research on Friday, October 25. In addition to learning about the tradition of Diwali through a student-led presentation, audience members were treated to a variety of musical and dance performances, from traditional to modern, and Henna painting. The event concluded with South Asian refreshments.




UBC Library’s Scholarly Communications & Copyright office is now offering a new service to help UBC Vancouver instructors clear copyrighted course and teaching materials quickly and easily.

The syllabus service allows for instructors to upload course readings/syllabi directly into the Library Online Course Reserves system (LOCR) which is integrated with the Canvas Learning Management Platform and ensures that materials conform with Canadian copyright law and existing UBC license agreements and policies.

The service was introduced to help UBC Vancouver faculty meet Canadian copyright law and Fair Dealing Requirements. Any distribution of published works to students that infringes on copyright can expose both faculty and the University to legal jeopardy. The library’s goal is to make copyright compliance as streamlined and easy for UBC faculty as possible.

“We continue to take every possible step to support faculty in their teaching efforts, and ensure they remain knowledgeable and compliant with Canadian copyright law,” says Allan Bell, Associate University Librarian, Digital Programs and Services.

The service, which launched in August 2019, is already seeing significant use. “I believe this service will be very useful for everyone teaching courses at UBC,” says Christina Hendricks, Academic Director at the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology, “It is an incredibly convenient way to ensure students get easy access to course materials available through the Library.”

A similar service, Mediated Course Reserves at UBCO, has been available to Faculty at UBCO since April 2018. The service connects faculty directly with librarians on the Okanagan campus, enabling them to submit class reading lists through a simple online form. “This service is really about helping faculty get this part of their teaching streamlined, says Kim Buschert, Faculty of Management Librarian at UBCO, “We see a lot of benefit there.”  Faculty at UBCO will soon be able to upload course readings/syllabi directly into the Library Online Course Reserves system (LOCR) integrated with Canvas.

Learn more about the Syllabus Service and processing timelines at UBC Vancouver.

Questions? Contact

Learn more about Mediated Couse Reserves at UBCO.


BL2017.45 W58 2018
Sri Guru Granth Sahib vich simran duara naroe samaj da sankalp : sidhant ate vihar / by Dr. Narinder Singh Virk

PK2098.25 A65 G55 2018
Short stroies. Selections. Gilli chatri / Jayantī Raṅganāthana

PK2099.32 R57 R34 2018
Raahbaaz / by Pritpal Kaur

PK2200 R2145 B36 2018
بنارس والى گلى‏ : ‏ناول ‏ / ‏فيّاض رفعت = Banaras wali galli : novel / by Faiyaz Riffat

PK2659 K25553 S53 2018
Shehar vich saahn hon da matlab : novel / by Des Raj Kali

PK2659 S2328 L63 2018
Loh nagar de parinde : short stories / by Avtar Singh Sadiq.

PK2659 S36282 W35 2018
Waqt beeteya nahi : novel / by Yadwinder Singh Sandhu

PN481 G65 2018
Muhabatnama / by Jung Bahadur Goyal


BQ8749 S557 Y84 2018
唯信鈔文意 : 親鸞思想を読み解く / 親鸞仏教センター 訳・解說

DS881.3 S745 2019
明治維新と近代日本の新しい見方 / M.ウィリアム・スティール著 ; 大野ロベルト訳

HN723.5 N435 2018
日常のなかの「フツー」を問いなおす : 現代社会の差別・抑圧 / 植上一希, 伊藤亜希子編

ND1059 M824 A4 2018
画集, 富士への道 / 村上裕二

P94.65 C6 H34 2019
中華オタク用語辞典 / はちこ著

PL675 K66 2018
「日本国語大辞典」をよむ / 今野真二著

PL830 B8 Z77 2018
水の匂いがするようだ : 井伏鱒二のほうへ / 野崎歓

PN2924.5 N6 N5755 2018
能舞台, 歴史を巡る / 写真森田拾史郎 ; 文児玉信, 池田哲夫


BL2240 C54 C44 2018
조 재훈 문학 선집. 3, 동학 가요 연구

DS902.2 Y5 2018
완역 정본 택리지 / 이 중환 지음 ; 안 대회, 이 승용 외 옮김

DS932.23 K37 2018
평양 밖 북조선 : 999장 의 사진 에 담은 북쪽 의 북한 / 글, 사진 강 동완.

GT1755 K6 Y577 2019
조선 1637-1897 왕비 의 옷 을 짓다 / 이 봉이 지음

ND1063.4 Y865 2018
조선 시대 회화 : 오늘 만나는 우리 옛 그림 / 윤 철규 지음

PL980.2 N385 2018
나 의 인도 / 박 완서 [and ten others]

PL980.6 S565 2019
2019 신춘 문예 당선 소설집 / [저자 함 지원 외]

PL991.9 S3 Z7855 2018
이 상 시 의 비극적 에로티시즘 / 박 소영 지음


BV3427 B6 A3 2018
一个西方传教士的长征亲历记 / (瑞士)薄复礼著 ; 严强, 席伟译 ; 田洁校

DS796 M24 H43 2019
澳門地理 / 何大章, 繆鴻基合著

ND1043.4 P465 2018
虛拟的殿堂 : 南宋画院之省舍职制与后世想象 / (美)彭慧萍著

ND1049 H8 X53 2018
画纸上的道境 : 黄公望和他的富春山居图 / 谢波著

PL2951.5 Y8 L824 2019
綠色. 第三卷 / 歐陽昱

PN56. P74 H836 2018
晚清民国时期中国文学的欢场书写研究 / 黄静著

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