Asian Languages and Civilizations Research Guide


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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 with Full Text (1955 to present)
    Scholarly literature about world history since 1450 (excluding the United States and Canada).
  • Index Islamicus (1906 to present)
    Covers literature on Islam, the Middle East and the Muslim world, including Muslim areas of Asia and Africa.
    Full-text backfiles of over two 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)

For more databases, use the subject filter on A-Z Databases

Use these encyclopedias and reference works to get started on a topic.
  • Cambridge Companions
    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
    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
  • JapanKnowledge Lib (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.
  • Oxford Islamic Studies Online
    Interdisciplinary reference content and commentary, plus Quranic materials, primary sources, images, maps, and timelines. Includes Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World and other core reference works on Islam.
  • 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 Daily Reports (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.
  • LexisNexis Academic (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.

American presidents and Jerusalem (Talhami, Ghada Hashem, author.) Frost Library; DS109 .T35 2017

Women of the Wall : navigating religion in sacred sites (Jobani, Yuval, author.) Frost Library; DS109.32.W47 J63 2017

Medieval Jerusalem : forging an Islamic city in spaces sacred to Christians and Jews (Lassner, Jacob, author.) Frost Library; DS109.916 .L37 2017

La vie quotidienne à Jérusalem au crépuscule de l'époque ottomane (Lonni, Ada, 1951- author.) Frost Library; DS109.925 .L6814 2014

The settlers Frost Library; DS110.W47 S46

Household and family religion in Persian-period Judah : an archaeological approach (Balcells Gallarreta, José E., author.) Frost Library; DS111.7 .B35 2017

Brothers apart : Palestinian citizens of Israel and the Arab world (Nassar, Maha, author.) Frost Library; DS113.7 .N378 2017

Impossible exodus : Iraqi Jews in Israel (Bashkin, Orit, 1974-, author.) Frost Library; DS113.8.I72 B37 2017

Where the line is drawn (Shehadeh, Raja, 1951-, author.) Frost Library; DS119.7 .S38192 2017

Gaza under Hamas : from Islamic democracy to Islamist governance (Brenner, Björn, author.) Frost Library; DS119.76 .B742 2017

Kingdom of olives and ash : writers confront the occupation Frost Library; DS119.76 .K469 2017

The Great War and the remaking of Palestine (Tamārī, Salīm, author.) Frost Library; DS125 .T29 2017

The Hebrew republic : Israel's return to history (Shindler, Colin, 1946-, author.) Frost Library; DS126.5 .S45193 2017

The last Palestinian : the rise and reign of Mahmoud Abbas (Rumley, Grant, 1988- author.) Frost Library; DS126.6.A24 R86 2017

The Netanyahu years (Kaspit, Ben, author.) Frost Library; DS126.6.N48 K3613 2017

Censored voices Frost Library; DS127.7 .C46

At the decisive point in the Sinai : generalship in the Yom Kippur War (Even, Jacob, author.) Frost Library; DS128.19.S83 E9413 2017

On the margins : essays on the history of Jews in Estonia (Weiss-Wendt, Anton, 1973-, author.) Frost Library; DS135.E73 W46 2017

Revolutionary Yiddishland : a history of Jewish radicalism (Brossat, Alain, author.) Frost Library; DS135.E8 B7613 2016

Self-portrait of a Holocaust survivor (Weinberg, Werner, author.) Frost Library; DS135.G5 W435 2017

Maimonides and the merchants : Jewish law and society in the medieval Islamic world (Cohen, Mark R., 1943-, author.) Frost Library; DS135.L4 C65 2017

Money, Power, and Influence in Eighteenth-Century Lithuania : the Jews on the Radziwill estates (Teller, A., author.) Frost Library; DS135.L5 T4513 2016

Medical imperialism in French North Africa : regenerating the Jewish community of colonial Tunis (Parks, Richard C., author.) Frost Library; DS135.T72 T867 2017

Feeling Jewish : (a book for just about anyone) (Baum, Devorah, author.) Frost Library; DS143 .B285 2017

A national home for the Jewish people (Barzilay-Yegar, Dvorah, author.) Frost Library; DS149 .B33513713 2017

We are Jews again : Jewish activism in the Soviet Union (Kosharovskiĭ, I︠U︡liĭ, author.) Frost Library; DS149.5.S6 K68 2017

Jabotinsky's children : Polish Jews and the rise of right-wing Zionism (Heller, Daniel Kupfert, author.) Frost Library; DS150.R6 P65 2017

Glubb Pasha and the Arab Legion : Britain, Jordan and the end of empire in the Middle East (Jevon, Graham, author.) Frost Library; DS154.13 .J48 2017

Daily life in the abyss : genocide diaries, 1915-1918 (Tachjian, Vahé, author.) Frost Library; DS195.5 .T223 2017

Qatar : a modern history (Fromherz, Allen James, author.) Frost Library; DS247.Q35 F76 2017

Beyond the Arab cold war : the international history of the Yemen civil war, 1962-68 (Orkaby, Asher, author.) Frost Library; DS247.Y45 O75 2017

Yemen endures : civil war, Saudi adventurism and the future of Arabia (Hill, Ginny, author.) Frost Library; DS247.Y48 H55 2017

The Baluch, Sunnism and the state in Iran : from tribal to global (Dudoignon, Stéphane A., 1962-, author.) Frost Library; DS269.B33 D83 2017

Iran : a modern history (Amanat, Abbas.) Frost Library; DS292 .A54 2017

American coup Frost Library; DS318.6 .A44

Montazeri : the life and thought of Iran's revolutionary Ayatollah (Siavoshi, Sussan, author.) Frost Library; DS318.84.M85 S53 2017

Adaptive reuse : aspects of creativity in South Asian cultural history Frost Library; DS339 .A33 2017

Muhammad's heirs : the rise of Muslim scholarly communities, 622-950 (Brockopp, Jonathan E., 1962-, author.) Frost Library; DS36.855 .B76 2017

The modern Middle East and North Africa : a history in documents (Clancy-Smith, Julia Ann, author.) Frost Library; DS37.7 .C53 2014

Whispers of war : an Afghan freedom fighter's account of the Soviet invasion (Khalili, Masood, 1950-) Frost Library; DS371.2 .K477 2017

In the warlords' shadow (Green, Daniel R., author.) Frost Library; DS371.413 .G739 2017

The Ottomans and the Mamluks : imperial diplomacy and warfare in the Islamic world (Muslu, Cihan Yüksel, author.) Frost Library; DS38.7 .M865 2017

Fatima Jinnah : Mother of the Nation (Pirbhai, M. Reza, author.) Frost Library; DS385.J49 P57 2017

Ants among elephants : an untouchable family and the making of modern India (Gidla, Sujatha, 1963-, author.) Frost Library; DS422.C3 G54 2017

Gandhi against caste (Kolge, Nishikant, author.) Frost Library; DS422.C3 K65 2017

Anglo-Indian women in transition : pride, prejudice and predicament (Sen, Sudarshana, author.) Frost Library; DS432.A55 S83 2017

Recasting folk in the Himalayas : Indian music, media, and social mobility (Fiol, Stefan Patrick, author.) Frost Library; DS432.N46 F56 2017

Rising India : Status and Power (Basrur, Rajesh M., author.) Frost Library; DS449 .B37 2017

Political violence in ancient India (Singh, Upinder, author.) Frost Library; DS451 .S5698 2017

An advanced history of modern India (Sen, Sailendra Nath, author.) Frost Library; DS463 .S445 2017

Dadabhai Naoroji : selected private papers (Naoroji, Dadabhai, 1825-1917, correspondent.) Frost Library; DS475.2.N354 A4 2016

Gentlemanly terrorists : political violence and the colonial state in India, 1919-1947 (Ghosh, Durba, 1967-, author.) Frost Library; DS480.45 .G4526 2017

Keeping the jewel in the crown : the British betrayal of India (Reid, Walter, 1944-, author.) Frost Library; DS480.45 .R435 2016

The Great Partition : the making of India and Pakistan (Khan, Yasmin, 1977-, author.) Frost Library; DS480.842 .K49 2017

A Muslim conspiracy in British India? (Mallampalli, Chandra, 1965-, author.) Frost Library; DS485.D25 M35 2017

A colonial affair : commerce, conversion, and scandal in French India (Agmon, Danna, 1977-, author.) Frost Library; DS485.P66 A34 2017

They who walked mountains Frost Library; DS493.9.B45 T48

Turkish national identity and its outsiders : memories of state violence in Dersim (Goner, Ozlem, author.) Frost Library; DS51.T85 G67 2017

Russian orthodoxy and the Russo-Japanese War (Perabo, Betsy C., author.) Frost Library; DS517.9 .P47 2017

The Cold War in East Asia (Li, Xiaobing, 1954-, author.) Frost Library; DS518.1 .L488 2018

Ambivalent engagement (Liow, Joseph Chinyong, 1972-, author.) Frost Library; DS525.9.U6 L56 2017

Everyman in Vietnam : a soldier's journey into the quagmire (Adas, Michael, 1943-, author.) Frost Library; DS557.7 .A435 2018

The Vietnam War Frost Library; DS557.7 .V54

The Vietnam War : an intimate history (Ward, Geoffrey C., author.) Frost Library; DS557.7 .W368 2017

My Lai : Vietnam, 1968, and the descent into darkness (Jones, Howard, 1940-, author.) Frost Library; DS557.8.M9 J77 2017

Withdrawal : reassessing America's final years in Vietnam (Daddis, Gregory A., 1967-, author.) Frost Library; DS558.2 .D345 2017

Destroy and build : pacification in Phuoc Thuy, 1966-72 (Richardson, Thomas (Writer on Australian Army) author.) Frost Library; DS558.6.A8 R53 2017

Year in Nam : a Native American soldier's story (TeCube, Leroy, 1947-) Archives and Special Collections; DS559.5 .T43 1999

Ship of fate : memoir of a Vietnamese repatriate (Trần, Đình Trụ, 1935- author.) Frost Library; DS559.5 .T713 2017

The Kurdish question revisited Frost Library; DS59.K86 K8543427 2017

Being Kurdish in a hostile world (Nuri, Ayub, author.) Frost Library; DS59.K86 N87 2017

The anxiety of autonomy and the aesthetics of German orientalism (Germana, Nicholas A., author.) Frost Library; DS61.85 .G468 2017

The Near East : a cultural history (Cotterell, Arthur, author.) Frost Library; DS62 .C665 2017

The Middle East and the making of the modern world (Schayegh, Cyrus, author.) Frost Library; DS62.4 .S33 2017

The last Ottoman generation and the making of the modern Middle East (Provence, Michael, 1966-, author.) Frost Library; DS62.8 .P76 2017

Protests and generations Frost Library; DS63.123 .P76 2017

The end of silence : accounts of the 1965 genocide in Indonesia (Marching, Soe Tjen, author.) Frost Library; DS644.32 .M37 2017

Filipinas everywhere : essays in criticism and cultural studies from a Filipino perspective (San Juan, E. (Epifanio), 1938-, author.) Frost Library; DS686.614 .S28 2017

The Cambridge illustrated history of China (Ebrey, Patricia Buckley, 1947-, author.) Frost Library; DS706 .E37 2010

History, texts and art in early Babylonia : three essays (Steinkeller, Piotr, author.) Frost Library; DS71 .S86 2017

Forget Chineseness : on the geopolitics of cultural identification (Chun, Allen John Uck Lun, 1952-, author.) Frost Library; DS732 .C595 2017

The end of concern : Maoist China, activism, and Asian studies (Lanza, Fabio, 1967-, author.) Frost Library; DS734.97.U6 L35 2017

Chinese visions of world order : tianxia, culture, and world politics Frost Library; DS740.4 .C354549 2017

Out of China : how the Chinese ended the era of western domination (Bickers, Robert A., author.) Frost Library; DS775.8 .B53 2017

The rhetoric of Mao Zedong : transforming China and its people (Lu, Xing, 1956-, author.) Frost Library; DS778.M3 L833 2017

Letters from Abu Ghraib (Casteel, Joshua, author.) Frost Library; DS79.76 .C376 2017

Illusions of victory : the Anbar awakening and the rise of the Islamic State (Malkasian, Carter, 1975-, author.) Frost Library; DS79.76 .M3564 2017

The destruction of cultural property as a weapon of war : ISIS in Syria and Iraq (Turku, Helga, author.) Frost Library; DS79.767.C85 T87 2018

A short history of the Phoenicians (Woolmer, Mark.) Frost Library; DS81 .W66 2017

To stand with the nations of the world : Japan's Meiji Restoration in world history (Ravina, Mark, 1961-, author.) Frost Library; DS882 .R38 2017

Ennobling Japan's savage Northeast : Tōhoku as postwar thought, 1945-2011 (Hopson, Nathan, 1976- author.) Frost Library; DS894.385 .H67 2017

Watashi no Hōryūji (Naoki, Kōjirō, 1919- 直木孝次郎, 1919-) Frost Library; DS894.69.N365 N36 1979

Ōme Kaidō (Nakanishi, Keiji. 中西慶爾.) Frost Library; DS896.35 .N356 1982

The Routledge handbook of Korean culture and society Frost Library; DS904 .R68 2017

Ginseng and borderland (Kim, Seonmin, 1971- author.) Frost Library; DS913.37 .K55 2017

Youth for nation : culture and protest in Cold War South Korea (Kim, Charles R., 1974- author.) Frost Library; DS917.77 .K55 2017

The tablets from the temple precinct at Nuzi (Lion, Brigitte, author.) Frost Library; PJ3721.N8 L56 2016

Judgment : a novel (Bergelson, David, 1884-1952, author.) Frost Library; PJ5129.B45 M513 2017

Middle Arabic and mixed Arabic : diachrony and synchrony Frost Library; PJ6709 .M53 2012

Functions of code switching in Egypt : evidence from monologues (Bassiouney, Reem, 1973-) Frost Library; PJ6773 .B37 2006