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.
  • JSTOR
    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 -- 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.

A brief history of Jerusalem (Bieberstein, Klaus, author.) Frost Library; DS109.912 .B54 2017

The last earth : a Palestinian story (Baroud, Ramzy, author.) Frost Library; DS110.G3 B37 2018

Dead Sea : new discoveries in the Cave of Letters Frost Library; DS110.L37 D43 2016

Beyond the texts : an archaeological portrait of ancient Israel and Judah (Dever, William G., author.) Frost Library; DS111 .D56 2017

The Jewish Journey : 4000 Years in 22 objects from the Ashmolean Museum (Abrams, Rebecca, author.) Frost Library; DS118 .A27 2017

Righteous victims : a history of the Zionist-Arab conflict, 1881-2001 (Morris, Benny, 1948-) Frost Library; DS119.7 .M657 2001

Industry of Lies : Media, Academia, and the Israeli-Arab Conflict (Yemini, Ben-Dror, author.) Frost Library; DS119.76 .Y4613 2017

The Palestinians and British perfidy : the tragic aftermath of the Balfour Declaration of 1917 (Long, Richard (Charles William Richard) author.) Frost Library; DS125.5 .L66 2018

The Balfour declaration : empire, the mandate and resistance in Palestine (Regan, Bernard, author.) Frost Library; DS125.5 .R42 2017

Werner Scholem : a German life (Triendl-Zadoff, Mirjam, author.) Frost Library; DS134.42.S374 Z3313 2018

Seven : a family Holocaust story (Friedman, Ellen G., 1944-, author.) Frost Library; DS134.7 .F78 2017

Coming of age in medieval Egypt : female adolescence, Jewish law, and ordinary culture (Krakowski, Eve, 1978-, author.) Frost Library; DS135.E4 K63 2018

One step toward Jerusalem : oral histories of Orthodox Jews in Stalinist Hungary (Bacskai, Sándor, author.) Frost Library; DS135.H93 A12713 2018

Anatomy of a genocide : the life and death of a town called Buczacz (Bartov, Omer, author.) Frost Library; DS135.U42 B833 2018

Against anti-Semitism : an anthology of twentieth-century Polish writings Frost Library; DS146.P6 A43 2018

God's country : Christian Zionism in America (Goldman, Samuel, author.) Frost Library; DS150.5 .G64 2018

The history of Armenia : from the origins to the present (Payaslian, Simon.) Frost Library; DS175 .P393 2007

The emergence of the Gulf States : studies in modern history Frost Library; DS247.A135 E54 2016

Desert of Pharan : unofficial histories behind the mass expansion of Mecca (Al-Ziad Aseeri, Ahmed Mater, 1979-, author, illustrator.) Frost Library; DS248.M4 A443 2016

Volatile state : Iran in the nuclear age (Oualaalou, David S., author.) Frost Library; DS318.9 .O83 2018

Challenged hegemony : the United States, China, and Russia in the Persian Gulf (Yetiv, Steven A., author.) Frost Library; DS326 .Y485 2018

No miracles : the failure of Soviet decision-making in the Afghan War (Fenzel, Michael R., author.) Frost Library; DS371.2 .F46 2017

Generation AK : the Afghanistan wars 1993-2012 (Dupont, Stephen, photographer, author.) Archives and Special Collections; DS371.3 .D863 2015 x

Generation AK : the Afghanistan wars 1993-2012 (Dupont, Stephen, photographer, author.) Frost Library; DS371.3 .D863 2015 x

Shooting ghosts : a U.S. Marine, a combat photographer, and their journey back from war (Brennan, Thomas J. (Thomas James), author.) Frost Library; DS371.413 .B74 2017

Taliban narratives : the use and power of stories in the Afghanistan conflict (Johnson, Thomas H., author.) Frost Library; DS371.4135 .J646 2017

Mr and Mrs Jinnah : the marriage that shook India (Reddy, Sheela.) Frost Library; DS385.J5 R43 2017

Modern India : a very short introduction (Jeffrey, Craig, 1973-, author.) Frost Library; DS423 .J42 2017

Curry : reading, eating, and race (Ruthnum, Naben, author.) Frost Library; DS432.5 .R88 2017

The ruler's gaze : a study of British rule over India from a Saidian perspective (Sharma, Arvind, author.) Frost Library; DS463 .S485 2017

The skull of Alum Bheg : the life and death of a rebel of 1857 (Wagner, Kim A., author.) Frost Library; DS478 .W34 2018

China's India war : collision course on the roof of the world (Lintner, Bertil, author.) Frost Library; DS480.85 .L56 2018

An autobiography or The story of my experiments with truth (Gandhi, Mahatma, 1869-1948, author.) Frost Library; DS481.G3 A3 2018

Gandhi's dharma (Rao, K. Ramakrishna, author.) Frost Library; DS481.G3 R36 2017

River of life, river of death : the Ganges and India's future (Mallet, Victor, 1960-, author.) Frost Library; DS485.G25 M35 2017

Kashmir : history, politics, representation Frost Library; DS485.K27 K28 2018

Russia and its northeast Asian neighbors : China, Japan, and Korea, 1858-1945 Frost Library; DS518.9.R8 R87 2017

Oral history in Southeast Asia : memories and fragments Frost Library; DS524.4 .O73 2013

Finding the Dragon Lady : the mystery of Vietnam's Madame Nhu (Demery, Monique Brinson, 1976-, author.) Frost Library; DS556.93.T676 D46 2013

Vietnam's American war : a history (Asselin, Pierre, author.) Frost Library; DS557.7 .A86 2018

The Vietnam War reexamined (Kort, Michael, 1944-, author.) Frost Library; DS557.7 .K68 2018

The myths of Tet : the most misunderstood event of the Vietnam War (Moïse, Edwin E., 1946-, author.) Frost Library; DS557.8.T4 M65 2017

"I'm not gonna die in this damn place" (Coronado, Juan David, author.) Frost Library; DS559.4 .C67 2018

The psychological war for Vietnam, 1960-1968 (Roberts, Mervyn Edwin, III, author.) Frost Library; DS559.8.P7 R63 2018

Eternal vigilance : the price of freedom : based on the Chinese book Ju an si wei Frost Library; DS610.55 .J82313 2006

Beyond Sunni and Shia : the roots of sectarianism in a changing Middle East Frost Library; DS63.123 .B49 2017

US approaches to the Arab uprisings : international relations and democracy promotion Frost Library; DS63.2.U5 U82 2018

China : a history in objects (Harrison-Hall, Jessica, author.) Frost Library; DS706 .H373 2018

China, Russia, and twenty-first century global geopolitics (Bolt, Paul J., 1964-, author.) Frost Library; DS740.5.R8 B59 2018

Ancient China and its Eurasian neighbors (Linduff, Katheryn M., author.) Frost Library; DS741.65 .L536 2018

Shikōtei to dai heibayō : tokubetsuten = The great terracotta army of China's first emperor Frost Library; DS747.5 .S55 2015

Terracotta army : legacy of the first emperor of China (Li, Jian, 1956-, author.) Frost Library; DS747.9.Q254 L5 2017 x

Speaking of profit : Bao Shichen and reform in nineteenth-century China (Rowe, William T., author.) Frost Library; DS755 .R69 2018

Revolution and its past : identities and change in modern Chinese history (Schoppa, R. Keith, 1943-) Frost Library; DS755 .S294 2011

China through American eyes (Zhang, Wenxian, 1963-, author.) Frost Library; DS774.5 .C45 2018

The China questions : critical insights into a rising power Frost Library; DS779.4 .C463 2018

Eat the apple : a memoir (Young, Matt, 1986- author.) Frost Library; DS79.76 .Y675 2018

Tomb Treasures : New Discoveries from China's Han Dynasty Frost Library; DS793.K45 T66 2017

Nihon kodai no chihō shusshin shizoku (Hasebe, Masashi, 1974- author. 長谷部将司, 1974- author.) Frost Library; DS851 .H37 2004

Shōtoku Taishi to Ikaruga sanji (Senda, Minoru, 1942- author. 千田稔, 1942- author.) Frost Library; DS852.S4 S53176 2016

Mura no naka no kodaishi Frost Library; DS855 .M8656 2000

Kodai tennō e no tabi : Yūryaku kara Suiko made (Wada, Atsumu, 1944- author. 和田萃, 1944- author.) Frost Library; DS855.3 .W34 2014

A modern history of Japan : from Tokugawa times to the present (Gordon, Andrew, 1952-) Frost Library; DS881.9 .G66 2014

Nihon kodai no shisō to Tsukushi Frost Library; DS894.965 .N54 2009

Gunkanjima no seikatsu "1952 Frost Library; DS894.99.N339 G865 2015

Ginza ni wa naze chōkōsō biru ga nai no ka : machi ga tsukutta chiiki no rūru (Takezawa, Eriko, 1959- author. 竹沢えり子, 1959- author.) Frost Library; DS896.7.G5 T35 2013

Resurrecting Nagasaki : reconstruction and the formation of atomic narratives (Diehl, Chad, author.) Frost Library; DS897.N2957 D54 2018

Book of the dead : becoming god in ancient Egypt Frost Library; PJ1557 .B66 2017 x

The sea-migrations = Tahriib (Yusuf, Asha Lul Mohamud, author.) Frost Library; PJ2534.Y87 A2 2017

The language of angels : a story about the reinvention of Hebrew (Michelson, Richard, author.) Frost Library; PJ4534.B4 M53 2015

Jacob Isaac Segal (1896-1954) : a Montreal Yiddish poet and his milieu (Anctil, Pierre, author.) Frost Library; PJ5129.S37 Z5313 2017

Arabic as one language : integrating dialect in the Arabic language curriculum Frost Library; PJ6066 .A69 2018

Syrian colloquial Arabic : a functional course (Liddicoat, Mary-Jane, 1965-) Frost Library; PJ6779 .L533 2011

The blueness of the evening : selected poems of Hassan Najmi (Najmī, Ḥasan, author.) Frost Library; PJ7852.A5337 A2 2018

Short fiction as a mirror of Palestinian life in Israel, 1944-1967 : critique and anthology Frost Library; PJ8190.4 .S56 2017

Integrated Chinese = [Zhong wen ting shuo du xie]. Level 2, part 2., Textbook Frost Library; PL1129 .E5 I622 2010

Integrated Chinese = Zhong wen ting shuo du xie = Zhong wen ting shuo du xie. Level 2. Part 2 Frost Library; PL1129.E5 I683 2010

Languages, scripts, and Chinese texts in East Asia (Kornicki, Peter F. (Peter Francis) author.) Frost Library; PL1171 .K66 2018

Mapping modern Beijing : space, emotion, literary topography (Song, Weijie, author.) Frost Library; PL2275.P42 S66 2018

Finding them gone : visiting China's poets of the past (Red Pine, 1943-, author.) Frost Library; PL2277 .R43 2016

An introduction to Chinese poetry : from the canon of poetry to the lyrics of the Song dynasty (Fuller, Michael Anthony, author.) Frost Library; PL2307 .F856 2017

How to read Chinese poetry in context : poetic culture from antiquity through the Tang Frost Library; PL2313 .H69 2018

Reading philosophy, writing poetry : intertextual modes of making meaning in early medieval China (Swartz, Wendy, 1972-, author.) Frost Library; PL2314.5 .S93 2018

Many faces of Mulian : the precious scrolls of late imperial China (Berëzkin, R. V. (Rostislav Vladimirovich), 1982-, author.) Frost Library; PL2359.M63 B47 2017

Songs my mother never taught me (Altun, Selçuk, 1950-) Frost Library; PL248.A5435 A8613 2008

The stone building and other places (Erdoğan, Aslı, 1967-, author.) Frost Library; PL248.E657 T3713 2018

Mihrî Hatun : performance, gender-bending, and subversion in Ottoman intellectual history (Havlioğlu, Didem Z., 1970-, author.) Frost Library; PL248.M48 Z69 2017

Women who blow on knots (Temelkuran, Ece, 1973-, author.) Frost Library; PL248.T357 D8413 2017

Bannermen tales (zidishu) : Manchu storytelling and cultural hybridity in the Qing dynasty (Chiu, Elena Suet-Ying, 1974- author.) Frost Library; PL2597 .C473 2018

Slapping the table in amazement : a Ming Dynasty story collection (Ling, Mengchu, 1580-1644, author.) Frost Library; PL2698.L55 S5313 2018

Southeast Asian ecocriticism : theories, practices, prospects Frost Library; PL3508.05 .S66 2018

Storytelling in Siberia : the Olonkho epic in a changing world (Harris, Robin P., author.) Frost Library; PL363.5 .H37 2017

Long narrative songs from the Mongghul of northeast Tibet Frost Library; PL431.M67 L66 2017

On the far side of memory : short stories of Lalithambika Antharjanam (Laḷitāmbika Antarjjanaṃ, 1909-1987, author.) Frost Library; PL4718.9.L3 A2 2017

The uses of literature in modern Japan : histories and cultures of the book (Kawana, Sari, author.) Frost Library; PL720 .K39 2018

Ecocriticism in Japan Frost Library; PL721.E32 E27 2018

Trauma, dissociation and re-enactment in Japanese literature and film (Stahl, David C., 1959-, author.) Frost Library; PL726.67.P75 S73 2018

Double visions, double fictions : the Doppelgänger in Japanese film and literature (Posadas, Baryon Tensor, 1978-, author.) Frost Library; PL747.63.D68 P67 2018

Waka and things, Waka as things (Kamens, Edward, 1952-, author.) Frost Library; PL758 .K252 2017

Monsters, animals, and other worlds : a collection of short medieval Japanese tales Frost Library; PL777.3 .M66 2018