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.

Shen Bao
The complete collection of all issues of Shen Bao, from the newspaper’s founding in 1872 to 1949. Containing more than 2 million articles, the database is full-text searchable and contains the full-image of each page.

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 -- (archived by the Wayback Machine) 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.

Settling Hebron : Jewish fundamentalism in a Palestinian city (Neuman, Tamara, author.) Frost Library; DS110.H4 N48 2018

The limits of the land : how the struggle for the West Bank shaped the Arab-Israeli conflict (Rubin, Avshalom, author.) Frost Library; DS110.W47 R835 2017

Israel in the American mind : the cultural politics of US-Israeli relations, 1958-1988 (Mitelpunkt, Shaul, 1982-, author.) Frost Library; DS119.8.U6 M58 2018

Place in modern Jewish culture and society Frost Library; DS125 .S75 2018

A history of Jews in Germany since 1945 : politics, culture, and society (Brenner, Michael, author, editor.) Frost Library; DS134.26 .B73513 2018

Intimate violence : anti-Jewish pogroms on the eve of the Holocaust (Kopstein, Jeffrey, author.) Frost Library; DS134.55 .K68 2018

On the Mediterranean and the Nile : the Jews of Egypt (Israel-Pelletier, Aimée, author.) Frost Library; DS135.E4 I87 2018

Les Camps en Provence : exil, internement, déportation, 1933-1944 Frost Library; DS135.F85 P763 1984

Provence-Auschwitz : de l'internement des étrangers à la déportation des Juifs, 1939-1944 Frost Library; DS135.F85 P768 2007

Italy's Jews : from emancipation to Fascism (Klein, Shira, 1981-, author.) Frost Library; DS135.I8 K54 2018

Jewish Libya : memory and identity in text and image Frost Library; DS135.L44 J48 2018

Eli's story : a twentieth-century Jewish life (Rochelson, Meri-Jane, author.) Frost Library; DS135.L53 R637 2018

Cities of the Apocalypse (Jastrzębowska, Elżbieta, author.) Frost Library; DS155 .J37 2017

The Mongols and the West, 1221-1410 (Jackson, Peter, 1948 January 27-, author.) Frost Library; DS19 .J32 2018

Stories of daily life from the Roman world : extracts from the ancient Colloquia Frost Library; DS272 .H47 2017

Iran and Turkey : international and regional engagement in the Middle East (Charountaki, Marianna, author.) Frost Library; DS274.2.T8 C43 2018

Iran and the West : cultural perceptions from the Sasanian Empire to the Islamic Republic Frost Library; DS274.2.U6 I73 2018

Sacred mandates : Asian international relations since Chinggis Khan Frost Library; DS33.3 .S337 2018

Unfabling the East : the Enlightenment's encounter with Asia (Osterhammel, Jürgen, author.) Frost Library; DS33.4.E85 O7513 2018

Asia after Versailles Frost Library; DS35 .A815 2017

The Taliban reader : war, Islam and politics Frost Library; DS35.69 .T35 2018

The Works of Ibn Wāḍiḥ al-Yaʻqūbı̄ : an English translation (Yaʻqūbī, Aḥmad ibn Abī Yaʻqūb, -897?, author.) Frost Library; DS36.855 .Y68 2018

The decline of the caste question : Jogendranath Mandal and the defeat of Dalit politics in Bengal (Sen, Dwaipayan, author.) Frost Library; DS422.C3 S39 2018

The Indus (Robinson, Andrew, 1957-, author.) Frost Library; DS425 .R63 2015

Colonial self-fashioning in British India, c. 1785-1845 : visualising identity and difference (De Silva, Prasannajit, author.) Frost Library; DS428 .D47 2018

The Fall of Gods : Memory, Kinship, and Middle Classes in South India (Gallo, Ester, author.) Frost Library; DS432.N354 G35 2017

Symbols of authority in medieval Islam (Auer, Blain H.) Frost Library; DS459 .A84 2012

The RSS : a view to the inside (Anderson, Walter K., author.) Frost Library; DS480.853 .A54 2018

The making of early Kashmir : landscape and identity in the Rajatarangini (Kaul, Shonaleeka, author.) Frost Library; DS485.K23 K38 2018

Wars and rumours of war, 1918-1945 Frost Library; DS518 .W37 2017

Southeast Asia : a very short introduction (Rush, James R. (James Robert), 1944-, author.) Frost Library; DS521 .R87 2018

High-speed empire : Chinese expansion and the future of Southeast Asia (Doig, Will, author.) Frost Library; DS525.9.C5 D65 2018

Southeast Asia's Cold War : an interpretive history (Ang, Cheng Guan, author.) Frost Library; DS526.7 .A5754 2018

Monarchical manipulation in Cambodia : France, Japan, and the Sihanouk crusade for independence (Gunn, Geoffrey C., author.) Frost Library; DS554.8 .G86 2018

The Penguin history of modern Vietnam (Goscha, Christopher E., author.) Frost Library; DS556.3 .G67 2017

Making the modern Middle East (Fraser, T. G., author.) Frost Library; DS63 .F63 2017

More than a doctrine : the Eisenhower era in the Middle East (Fowler, Randall, author.) Frost Library; DS63.2.U5 F69 2018

Knowledge and pacification : on the U.S. conquest and the writing of Philippine history (Ileto, Reynaldo Clemeña, author.) Frost Library; DS682 .A184 2017

Thirteen months in China (Gadādharasiṃha, 1869-1920, author.) Frost Library; DS709 .G25 2017

The China-India rivalry in the globalization era Frost Library; DS740.5.I5 C48415 2018

In the wake of the Mongols : the making of a new social order in North China, 1200-1600 (Wang, Jinping, 1979- author.) Frost Library; DS750.66 .W36 2018

On the trail of the yellow tiger (Swope, Kenneth, 1969-, author.) Frost Library; DS753.6.Z454 S95 2018

The third revolution : Xi Jinping and the new Chinese state (Economy, Elizabeth, 1962-, author.) Frost Library; DS779.46 .E26 2018

Blessings from Beijing : inside China's soft-power war on Tibet (Bruno, Greg C., author.) Frost Library; DS786 .B737 2018

From a British to a Chinese colony? Hong Kong before and after the 1997 handover Frost Library; DS796.H757 F75 2017

The Japanese and German economies in the 20th and 21st centuries (Kudō, Akira, 1946-, author.) Frost Library; DS849.G4 K94 2018

Akutō and rural conflict in medieval Japan (Oxenboell, Morten, author.) Frost Library; DS859 .O89 2018

Wings (Or, Amir, author.) Frost Library; PJ5054.O63 K5313 2018

Fractured destinies (Madʹhūn, Rabaʻī, 1945-, author.) Frost Library; PJ7846.A31116 M3313 2018

Frankenstein in Baghdad : a novel (Saʻdāwī, Aḥmad, author.) Frost Library; PJ7962.A293 F7313 2018

Conspiracy in modern Egyptian literature (Koerber, Benjamin, author.) Frost Library; PJ8212 .K64 2018

The study of al-Andalus : the scholarship and legacy of James T. Monroe Frost Library; PJ8417.A5 S78 2018

Hidden and visible realms : early medieval Chinese tales of the supernatural and the fantastic (Liu, Yiqing, 403-444, author.) Frost Library; PL2666.L55 Y813 2018

Confessions of a red guard (Liang, Xiaosheng, 1949-, author.) Frost Library; PL2878.A5974 Z46 2018

Just one word (Pāmā, 1958-, author.) Frost Library; PL4758.9.P25668 A2 2018

The unnamable archipelago : wounds of the postcolonial in postwar Japanese literature and thought (Gabrakova, Dennitza, author.) Frost Library; PL726.8 .G33 2018

Idly scribbling rhymers : poetry, print, and community in nineteenth-century Japan (Tuck, Robert, 1979- author.) Frost Library; PL733.6 .T83 2018

Good dogs : edification, entertainment, and Kyokutei Bakin's Nansō Satomi hakkenden (Walley, Glynne, author.) Frost Library; PL798.4.N33 W35 2017