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Henry G. Schwarz
Center for East Asian Studies, Western Washington University
Mongolia--Bibliography--Catalogs; Inner Mongolia (China)--Bibliography--Catalogs
East Asian Languages and Societies
Mongolian Studies, Mongolian bibliography
The field of Mongolian Studies in the United States is poorly served in bibliographical matters. Scholars in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Studies have long since had several aids, such as bibliographies, union lists, and shelf lists, at their disposal. By contrast, Mongolian Studies has only one reasonably up-to-date bibliography of Western-language works (Bibliotheca Mongolica, published by this university's Center for East Asian Studies in 1978), but no union lists nor shelf lists. The absence of the latter two types of aids is much more serious than it would be in other fields for several reasons. The relatively few institutions and individuals engaged in Mongolian Studies are widely separated from one another, a fact which makes it much more difficult for a Mongolist than, say, a Sinologist to know precisely which works are available at which university. The various inter-library search services are incomplete to the point that, in Mongolian Studies, they are practically useless. Still another handicap is the difficulty of obtaining publications from the various parts of Mongolia. For political and other reasons, the supply of works from all parts of Mongolia has been sporadic at best. Works published within the territory of the Chinese People's Republic have been virtually unobtainable until quite recently. We hope that this catalog will be the first small step toward a national union catalog.
Schwarz, Henry G., "Mongolian Publications at Western Washington University" (1984). East Asian Studies Press. 32.
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