Asian Languages and Civilizations Research Guide


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  • Databases
  • Reference
  • News
  • E-Books
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Try these databases first to find journal articles in this discipline.
  • Bibliography of Asian Studies (1973 to present)
    Index to articles and books in Asian Studies, including humanities and social sciences.
  • China Academic Journals (1994 to present)
    Full-text articles from 7,200 journals in mainland China, including core journals and specialty journals. Amherst has a full-text subscription to the Humanities portion. (Chinese interface)
  • ChinaLawInfo/LawInfoChina (1949 to present)
    Extensive collection of Chinese laws, regulations and cases in Chinese (Chinalawinfo) and English/Chinese (Lawinfochina, English interface version accessible from main menu of database).
  • CIAO: Columbia International Affairs Online (1991 to present)
    Comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs. It publishes a wide range of scholarship from 1991 onward that includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals and policy briefs.
  • CiNii Articles (date coverage varies)
    Abstracts and some full text for over 1,000 academic journals published in Japan.
  • Historical Abstracts (1955 to present)
    Scholarly literature about world history since 1450 (excluding the United States and Canada).
    Full-text backfiles of over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. (Alumni access)
  • MLA International Bibliography (1926 to present)
    Covers critical scholarship on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore.
  • Project Muse
    Online database of more than 200 journals from nonprofit publishers. (Alumni access)
Use these encyclopedias and reference works to get started on a topic.
  • Cambridge Companions Complete Collection
    Surveys of authors, literary history, culture, and philosophy, all written by scholars. Relevant titles include: The Cambridge Companion to Modern Chinese Culture, The Cambridge Companion to Modern Japanese Culture, The Cambridge Companion to Modern Arab Culture, The Cambridge Companion to Classical Islamic Theology
  • Cambridge Histories Online
    Cambridge Histories Online includes several useful titles: Cambridge History of Ancient China, Cambridge History of China (15 vols.), Cambridge History of Japan (6 vols.), Cambridge History of Early Inner Asia, New Cambridge History of India, New Cambridge History of Islam (4 vols.), Arabic Literature in the Post-classical Period, Modern Arabic Literature, Cambridge History of Chinese Literature
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    70 reference e-books, including multivolume works like the Encyclopedia of Religion, American Decades, and more.
  • Han yu da ci dian
    Comprehensive Chinese word dictionary
  • Japan Knowledge (date coverage varies)
    Collection of dictionaries and encyclopedia, full-text articles, video files, maps, images.
  • Macmillan-FLTRP Chinese character dictionary = Han yu xue xi zi dian
    Contains over 3,000 of the most frequently used Chinese characters and over 32,000 common words and expressions from the HSK proficiency test. CD-ROM contains interactive software with flashcard functions, stroke order animations, pronunciation audio, etc. Pinyin pronunciation provided for all words and phrases. Available in print in our Reference Collection.
  • Reference Universe
    Searchable index of the library's entire reference collection, both print and electronic.
Try these collections of historical and current newspapers (also see the News Research Guide or search the journal locator for specific titles).
  • Asahi Newspaper Database (1879 to present)
    A newspaper database for Asahi shinbun containing 12 million articles (as of Aug. 2010) published from 1879 to present. Also includes articles from the weekly magazines Aera as well as Shūkan Asahi, from the annual new-word dictionary Chiezō, Asahi shinbun jinbutsu dētabēsu, and Aashi shinbun rekishi shashin ākaibu.
  • China Core Newspaper Database (2000 to present)
    This resource collects articles published in over 700 Chinese-language newspapers across mainland China from 2000 onwards, updated daily. The Amherst College Library provides access to Series G & H.
  • FBIS: Federal Broadcast Information Service (1974-1996)
    News in translation (by the CIA) from radio, television, and newspapers around the world.
  • Historical Chinese Newspapers (ProQuest)
    English-language newspapers published in China. It spans 1832-1953, with most content from 1910-1940.
  • NAVER News Library (1920-1999)
    Archive from four major Korean newspapers: Dong-A Ilbo, Kyunghyang Shinmun, Maeil Business Newspaper, and Hankyoreh.
  • LEXIS-NEXIS Academic Universe (date coverage varies)
    Full-text federal and state laws, international legal materials, and law reviews. Also newspapers and business information.
  • Nikkei Telecom (1984 to present)
    Includes business news, company information, who's who with coverage since 1984.

Japan Times Digital Archive
The Japan Times is Japan’s oldest English language newspaper and the country’s only independent English-language newspaper today. The digital archive allows you to search the full text of all issues of The Japan Times published between March 1897 and 2014.
Current issues of the Japan Times Online can be found by searching for the title, or following this link.

Find collections of e-books and digital records of books online.
  • ChinaMaxx (1939 to present)
    Chinese e-book collection that works with Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. First 17 pages display for free. Users can click on the recommend button to ask the library to buy the full text. Click on the box to the right of the search box to browse and/or search the full collection.

Chinese Text Initiative -- by the University of Virginia, selected works of Chinese literature and poetry

Chinese Text Project -- focusing on pre-modern texts, open source digital library with over 20,000 titles

National Diet Library -- Japanese digital materials, including rare books, available online

National Digital Library of China -- various collections of e-books, documents, and rare materials

Project Gutenburg (Chinese section)

Project Gutenburg (Japanese section)

Locate data and statistical resources for research in this discipline.

Montfort Frost Library; DS110.M654 M66 2017

Life after ruin : the struggles over Israel's depopulated Arab spaces (Leshem, Noam, author.) Frost Library; DS110.T36 K465 2017

The way to the spring : life and death in Palestine (Ehrenreich, Ben, author.) Frost Library; DS110.W47 E33 2016

German Jews in Palestine, 1920-1948 : between dream and reality (Sonino, Claudia, author.) Frost Library; DS113.8.G4 S4613 2016

Flavius Josephus, translation and commentary (Josephus, Flavius.) Frost Library; DS116 .J7 2000

A short history of the Jews (Brenner, Michael, 1964-) Frost Library; DS117 .B7213 2010

Palestine LTD. : neoliberalism and nationalism in the occupied territory (Haddad, Toufic, author.) Frost Library; DS119.76 .H32 2016

My so-called enemy [videorecording] : [a documentary] Frost Library; DS119.76 .M927

Oriental neighbors : Middle Eastern Jews and Arabs in mandatory Palestine (Jacobson, Abigail, 1973-, author.) Frost Library; DS126 .J27 2016

The resistible rise of Benjamin Netanyahu (Lochery, Neill, author.) Frost Library; DS126.6.N48 L63 2016

Three-way street : Jews, Germans, and the transnational Frost Library; DS134.25 .T47 2016

Holocaust angst : the Federal Republic of Germany and American Holocaust memory since the 1970s (Eder, Jacob S., author.) Frost Library; DS134.26 .E34 2016

The Holocaust in Hungary : seventy years later Frost Library; DS135.H9 H5946 2016

Four scraps of bread : (quatre petits bouts de pain) (Hollander-Lafon, Magda, author.) Frost Library; DS135.H93 H64813 2016

Across legal lines : Jews and Muslims in modern Morocco (Marglin, Jessica M., author.) Frost Library; DS135.M8 M36 2016

Jewish city or inferno of Russian Israel? : a history of the Jews in Kiev before February 1917 (Khiterer, Viktorii͡a, author.) Frost Library; DS135.U42 K54523 2016

Antisemitism, gender bias, and the "Hervay Affair" of 1904 : bigotry in the Austrian Alps (Rose, Alison, 1963-, author.) Frost Library; DS146.A9 R67 2016

Socialism of fools : capitalism and modern anti-Semitism (Battini, M. (Michele) author.) Frost Library; DS146.E85 B3813 2016

Zionism : the birth and transformation of an ideal (Viorst, Milton, author.) Frost Library; DS151.A2 V56 2016

The Mongols (Morgan, David, 1945-) Frost Library; DS19 .M67 2007

Authority and identity in medieval Islamic historiography : Persian histories from the peripheries (Hanaoka, Mimi, author.) Frost Library; DS288 .H36 2016

Democracy in Iran : why it failed and how it might succeed (Parsa, Misagh, 1945-, author.) Frost Library; DS318.825 .P38 2016

Between Rome and China : history, religions and material culture of the Silk Road Frost Library; DS33.1 .B48 2016

Powerplay : the origins of the American alliance system in Asia (Cha, Victor D., 1961-, author.) Frost Library; DS33.4.U6 C47 2016

China and India : history, culture, cooperation and competition Frost Library; DS35.2 .C455 2016

The Arab writer in English : Arab themes in a metropolitan language, 1908-1958 (Nash, Geoffrey.) Frost Library; DS36.82 .N37 1998

A rock between hard places : Afghanistan as an arena of regional insecurity (Harpviken, Kristian Berg, author.) Frost Library; DS371.412 .H367 2016

Hopeless but optimistic : journeying through America's endless war in Afghanistan (Wissing, Douglas A., author.) Frost Library; DS371.412 .W57 2016

First citizens : studies on adivasis, tribals, and indigenous peoples in India Frost Library; DS432.A2 F57 2016

Tamils and the nation : India and Sri Lanka compared (Rasaratnam, Madurika, author.) Frost Library; DS432.T3 R37 2016

Tamil : a biography (Shulman, David Dean, 1949- author.) Frost Library; DS432.T3 S46 2016

Incarnations : a history of India in fifty lives (Khilnani, Sunil, 1960-, author.) Frost Library; DS434 .K48 2016

India China : rethinking borders and security (Ling, L. H. M., author.) Frost Library; DS450.C6 L55 2016

Visions of Mughal India : an anthology of European travel writing Frost Library; DS461 .V57 2007

The chaos of empire : the British Raj and the conquest of India (Wilson, Jon E., author.) Frost Library; DS463 .W55 2016

Politics of the All-India Muslim League, 1924-1940 (Sultana, Kishwar, author.) Frost Library; DS480.45 .S769 2016

India : the crucial years (Rajeswar, T. V., 1926-, author.) Frost Library; DS480.84 .R245 2015

Pax Gandhiana : the political philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi (Parel, Anthony J., author.) Frost Library; DS481.G3 P3485 2016

Poverty and the quest for life : spiritual and material striving in rural India (Singh, Bhrigupati, author.) Frost Library; DS485.R25 S56 2015

Globalization, consumption and popular culture in East Asia Frost Library; DS509.3 .G56 2016

There are no victors here : a local perspective on the Treaty of Portsmouth (Randall, Peter, 1940-) Frost Library; DS517.7 .R36 1985

Wars and rumours of war, 1918-1945 Frost Library; DS518 .W37 2016

Politics in contemporary Southeast Asia : authority, democracy and political change (Kingsbury, Damien, author.) Frost Library; DS526.7 .K56 2017

Contesting Indochina : French remembrance between decolonization and Cold War (Edwards, M. Kathryn, 1979-, author.) Frost Library; DS553.7 .E37 2016

Salvage : cultural resilience among the Jorai of northeast Cambodia (Uk, Krisna, 1975-, author.) Frost Library; DS554.46.J37 S25 2016

Vietnam : a new history (Goscha, Christopher E., author.) Frost Library; DS556.5 .G66 2016

Losing Binh Dinh : the failure of pacification and Vietnamization, 1969-1971 (Boylan, Kevin M., author.) Frost Library; DS557.8.B53 B69 2016

The American war in Vietnam : crime or commemoration? (Marciano, J. D., author.) Frost Library; DS558 .M354 2016

The Vietnam War in popular culture Frost Library; DS559.8.S6 V54 2017

A political history of the Arameans : from their origins to the end of their polities (Younger, K. Lawson, author.) Frost Library; DS59.A7 Y68 2016

A people without a state : the Kurds from the rise of Islam to the dawn of nationalism (Eppel, Michael, 1947-, author.) Frost Library; DS59.K86 E67 2016

America's dream palace : Middle East expertise and the rise of the national security state (Khalil, Osamah F., 1971-, author.) Frost Library; DS61.8 .K47 2016

The site of the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus in Singapore (Hudd, Sandra, author.) Frost Library; DS610.4 .H83 2016

Singapore in global history Frost Library; DS610.4 .S56 2011

Shadow wars : the secret struggle for the Middle East (Davidson, Christopher M. (Christopher Michael) author.) Frost Library; DS63.1 .D378 2016

The death of the nation and the future of the Arab revolution (Prashad, Vijay, author.) Frost Library; DS63.123 .P73 2016

Revolt and Resistance in the Ancient Classical World and the Near East : In the Crucible of Empire Frost Library; DS63.18 .R48 2016

The Iran wars : spy games, bank battles, and the secret deals that reshaped the Middle East (Solomon, Jay (Reporter) author.) Frost Library; DS63.2.I68 S65 2016

Challenges for America in the Middle East Frost Library; DS63.2.U5 C435 2017

Imperfect strangers : Americans, Arabs, and U.S.-Middle East relations in the 1970s (Yaqub, Salim, author.) Frost Library; DS63.2.U5 Y373 2016

Arab nationalism : the politics of history and culture in the modern Middle East (Wien, Peter, author.) Frost Library; DS63.6 .W54 2017

Forced Migration in the Spanish Pacific World : From Mexico to the Philippines, 1765-1811 (Mehl, Eva Maria, author.) Frost Library; DS674 .M44 2016

Iconography of the new empire (Halili, Servando D.) Frost Library; DS676.5 .H35 2006

The Foundations of the Modern Philippine State (Castañeda Anastacio, Leia, author.) Frost Library; DS685 .C37 2016

Sinophiles and sinophobes : Western views of China (Mackerras, Colin.) Frost Library; DS706 .M245 2000

Babylonia : a very short introduction (Bryce, Trevor, 1940-, author.) Frost Library; DS71 .B79 2016

Contestation and adaptation : the politics of national identity in China (Han, Enze.) Frost Library; DS730 .H35 2016

Western images of China (Mackerras, Colin.) Frost Library; DS740.4 .M28 1999

Les enjeux géopolitiques de la Chine en Afrique de l'Ouest (Aurégan, Xavier, author.) Frost Library; DS740.5.A34 A87 2011

Géopolitique de la Chine en Côte d'Ivoire (Aurégan, Xavier, author.) Frost Library; DS740.5.C68 A87 2016

The great encounter of China and the West, 1500-1800 (Mungello, D. E. (David Emil), 1943-) Frost Library; DS750.72 .M86 1999

Information, territory, and networks : the crisis and maintenance of empire in Song China (De Weerdt, Hilde Godelieve Dominique, author.) Frost Library; DS751 .D4 2015

China 100 years ago = II y a cent ans : "La Chine" (Yao, Dahong.) Frost Library; DS761 .Y36 2007

The Meaning of survival : Hiroshimaʼs 36 year commitment to peace Frost Library; DS767.25.H6 H5913 1983 x

Fukyoka shashin : Mainichi Shinbun hizō Frost Library; DS777.52 .F85 1998 x

Knowing China : A Twenty-First-Century Guide (Pieke, Frank N., author.) Frost Library; DS779.4 .P54 2016

The ancient state of Puyo in northeast Asia : archaeology and historical memory (Byington, Mark E., author.) Frost Library; DS783.4 .B95 2016

Prima della tempesta : Tibet, 1937 e 1948 (Maraini, Fosco.) Frost Library; DS786 .M34 1990

Bai nian Shanghai = Centennial Shanghai Frost Library; DS796.S243 B35 2006

Niao kan Shanghai = Bird's-eye views of Shanghai Frost Library; DS796.S243 N536 2006

Bai bian Shanghai (Xu, Xixian. 徐喜先.) Frost Library; DS796.S243 X8 2004

Zhongguo Shanghai = Shanghai China Frost Library; DS796.S243 Z46 2005

Lao Shanghai 200 jiu ying = Shanghai remembrances Frost Library; DS796.S257 L36 2006

Old Shanghai : a lost age (Wu, Liang, 1955-) Frost Library; DS796.S257 W8313 2001

Xiao shi de Shanghai feng jing (Xue, Liyong. 薛理勇.) Frost Library; DS796.S257 X86 2006

Lao Shanghai shi zi jie tou = The streets of old Shanghai (Zheng, Zu'an. 郑祖安.) Frost Library; DS796.S275 Z43 2004

The Bund Shanghai : China faces West (Hibbard, Peter.) Frost Library; DS796.S29 H83 2007

Suzhou He = Suzhou creek (Lu, Yuanmin, 1950- 陆元敏, 1950-) Frost Library; DS796.S295 L8 2006

Fact in fiction : 1920s China and Ba Jin's Family (Stapleton, Kristin, 1963-, author.) Frost Library; DS797.77.C48 S73 2016

Jōkamachi no kioku (Nishikawa, Kōji, 1930- 西川孝治, 1930-) Frost Library; DS806.3 .N575 2007

Nihon genkei sōtennenshoku : Bāton Hōmuzu shashinshū (Holmes, Burton, 1870-1958.) Frost Library; DS809 .H65 1974

Narrative of the expedition of an American squadron to the China Seas and Japan, performed in the ye (Perry, Matthew Calbraith, 1794-1858.) Frost Library; DS809 .P456 1967

Popular culture, globalization and Japan Frost Library; DS822.5 .A44 2006

Senryō fukkōki no Nichi-Bei kankei (Sasaki, Ryūji, 1935- 佐々木隆爾, 1935-) Frost Library; DS834 .N467 v.101

Chūsei no shomotsu to gakumon (Ogawa, Takeo. 小川剛生.) Frost Library; DS834 .N467 v.78

Shiryō to shite no nekoe (Fujiwara, Shigeo, 1971- author. 藤原重雄, 1971- author.) Frost Library; DS834 .N467 v.79

Jisha to geinō no chūsei (Yasuda, Tsuguo, 1950- 安田次郎, 1950-) Frost Library; DS834 .N467 v.80

Ikki no sekai to hō (Kurushima, Noriko, 1955- 久留島典子, 1955-) Frost Library; DS834 .N467 v.81

Nihon shi no naka no Sengoku jidai (Yamada, Kuniaki, 1957- author. 山田邦明, 1957- author.) Frost Library; DS834 .N467 v.83

Hei to nō no bunri (Yoshida, Yuriko, 1958- 吉田ゆり子, 1958-) Frost Library; DS834 .N467 v.84