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.

Jerusalem, 1000-1400 : every people under heaven Frost Library; DS109.15 .J467 2016 x

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

Space and mobility in Palestine (Peteet, Julie Marie, author.) Frost Library; DS113.6 .P48 2017

Israel and its Palestinian citizens : ethnic privileges in the Jewish state Frost Library; DS113.7 .I853 2017

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

Connecting with the enemy : a century of Palestinian-Israeli joint nonviolence (Katz, Sheila H., author.) Frost Library; DS119.7 .K328 2016

The United States, the Soviet Union and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1948-67 : superpower rivalry (Heller, Joseph, 1937-, author.) Frost Library; DS119.76 .H95 2016

Orientalizing the Jew : religion, culture, and imperialism in nineteenth-century France (Kalman, Julie, 1969-, author.) Frost Library; DS125 .K265 2017

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

Yitzhak Rabin : soldier, leader, statesman (Rabinovich, Itamar, 1942-, author.) Frost Library; DS126.6.R32 R33 2017

The war of 1948 : representations of Israeli and Palestinian memories and narratives Frost Library; DS126.9 .W376 2016

Mixed feelings : tropes of love in German Jewish culture (Garloff, Katja, author.) Frost Library; DS134.25 .G37 2016

The image of Jews in contemporary China Frost Library; DS135.C5 I43 2016

The right to difference : French universalism and the Jews (Samuels, Maurice, author.) Frost Library; DS135.F83 S25 2016

Stealing home : looting, restitution, and reconstructing Jewish lives in France, 1942-1947 (Fogg, Shannon Lee, author.) Frost Library; DS135.F84 F64 2017

"Pouring Jewish water into fascist wine" (Maryks, Robert Aleksander, author.) Frost Library; DS135.I8 M37 2017

Narratives from the Sephardic Atlantic : blood and faith (Perelis, Ronnie, author.) Frost Library; DS135.S8 A165 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

Survivors in Ukraine (Shore, Stephen, 1947-, photographer.) Frost Library; DS135.U43 A1675 2015 x

Jew (Baker, Cynthia M., author.) Frost Library; DS143 .B25 2017

Anti-Judaism, antisemitism, and delegitimizing Israel Frost Library; DS145 .A5985 2016

Europa gegen die Juden, 1880-1945 (Aly, Götz, 1947-, author.) Frost Library; DS146.E85 A48 2017

From anti-Judaism to anti-Semitism (Chazan, Robert, author.) Frost Library; DS146.E85 C43 2016

Antisemitism and anti-Zionism in Turkey : from Ottoman rule to AKP (Aviv, Efrat, author.) Frost Library; DS146.T87 A93 2017

Zionism : a very short introduction (Stanislawski, Michael, 1952-, author.) Frost Library; DS149 .S6585 2017

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

The other Saudis : Shiism, dissent and sectarianism (Matthiesen, Toby, 1984-) Frost Library; DS247.9.S52 M38 2015

Iran : what everyone needs to know (Axworthy, Michael, author.) Frost Library; DS272 .A945 2017

Power, politics, and tradition in the Mongol Empire and the Īlkhānate of Iran (Hope, Michael (College teacher) author.) Frost Library; DS289 .H67 2016

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

The making of the modern Gulf states : Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Oman (Zahlan, Rosemarie Said, author.) Frost Library; DS326 .Z35 2016

End of the Asian century : war, stagnation, and the risks to the world's most dynamic region (Auslin, Michael R., 1967-, author.) Frost Library; DS35.2 .A875 2017

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

The Pan-Arab movement (Rihani, Ameen Fares, 1876-1940, author.) Frost Library; DS36.88 .R54 2008

The carpetbaggers of Kabul and other American-Afghan entanglements (Fluri, Jennifer L., author.) Frost Library; DS371.415 .F55 2017

Jihad as grand strategy : Islamist militancy, national security, and the Pakistani state (Kapur, S. Paul, author.) Frost Library; DS389 .K378 2017

Fī al-siyāsah wa-al-adab al-siyāsī (Farrāj, ʻAfīf. فراج، عفيف.) Frost Library; DS39 .F375 2008

Fractured tales : invisibles in Indian democracy (Nārāyaṇa, Badrī, author.) Frost Library; DS422.C3 N35 2016

When Stone Walls Cry : The Nehrus in Prison (Hasan, Mushirul, author.) Frost Library; DS463 .H393 2016

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

Shadow states : India, China and the Himalayas, 1910-1962 (Guyot-Réchard, Bérénice, author.) Frost Library; DS485.H6 G89 2017

Contestations and accommodations : Mewat and Meos in Mughal India (Bhardwaj, Suraj Bhan, author.) Frost Library; DS485.M63 B43 2016

Sri Lanka : the struggle for peace in the aftermath of war Frost Library; DS489.84 .S6945 2016

After the fall : Sri Lanka in victory and war (Tikku, Mohan K., author.) Frost Library; DS489.84 .T53 2016

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

Routledge handbook of East Asian popular culture Frost Library; DS509.3 .R68 2017

Portsmouth and its legacies Frost Library; DS517 .P67 2006

The history problem : the politics of war commemoration in East Asia (Saito, Hiro (Sociologist) author.) Frost Library; DS518.1 .S25 2017

China's hegemony : four hundred years of East Asian domination (Lee, Ji-Young (Professor of East Asian studies) author.) Frost Library; DS518.15 .L44 2017

Landscape, memory, and post-violence in Cambodia (Tyner, James A., 1966-, author.) Frost Library; DS554.8 .T96 2017

Vietnam's communist revolution : the power and limits of ideology (Vu, Tuong, 1965-, author.) Frost Library; DS556.8 .V85 2017

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

A great place to have a war : America in Laos and the birth of a military CIA (Kurlantzick, Joshua, 1976-, author.) Frost Library; DS557.8.L3 K87 2017

Containment and credibility : the ideology and deception that plunged America into the Vietnam War (Proctor, Pat, 1971-, author.) Frost Library; DS558.2 .P76 2016

Hell no : the forgotten power of the Vietnam peace movement (Hayden, Tom, author.) Frost Library; DS559.62.U6 H39 2017

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

Year of the sword : the Assyrian Christian genocide : a history (Yacoub, Joseph, author.) Frost Library; DS59.A75 Y33713 2016

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

Margaret Thatcher and the Middle East (Bermant, Azriel, author.) Frost Library; DS63.2.G7 B47 2016

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

The other Philippine history textbook (Diaz, Christine L.) Frost Library; DS668 .D52 2009

Body parts of empire : visual abjection, Filipino images, and the American archive (Balce, Nerissa, author.) Frost Library; DS682 .A155 2016

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

American imperial pastoral : the architecture of US colonialism in the Philippines (McKenna, Rebecca Tinio, author.) Frost Library; DS689.B2 M35 2017

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

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

Inheritance of loss : China, Japan, and the political economy of redemption after empire (Koga, Yukiko, 1969-, author.) Frost Library; DS740.5.J3 K615 2016

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

Luxurious networks : salt merchants, status, and statecraft in eighteenth-century China (Wu, Yulian (Historian) author.) Frost Library; DS754.12 .W8 2017

Knowledge Acts in Modern China : Ideas, Institutions, and Identities Frost Library; DS775.2 .K59 2016

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

Murase Moriyasu shashinshū, watakushi no jūgun, Chūgoku Sensen (Murase, Moriyasu, 1909-1988. 村瀬守保, 1909-1988.) Frost Library; DS777.5315 .M859 2005

The art of cloning : creative production during China's Cultural Revolution (Pang, Laikwan, author.) Frost Library; DS778.7 .P37 2017

The killing wind : a Chinese county's descent into madness during the Cultural Revolution (Tan, Hecheng, 1949-, author.) Frost Library; DS778.7 .T35513 2017

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

The division of heaven and earth : on Tibet's peaceful revolution (Shokdung, author.) Frost Library; DS786 .S5483 2016

Debriefing the president : the interrogation of Saddam Hussein (Nixon, John (Middle East expert) author.) Frost Library; DS79.66.H87 N59 2016

A history of the Iraq crisis : France, the United States, and Iraq, 1991-2003 (Bozo, Frédéric, author.) Frost Library; DS79.75 .B6913 2016

A history of the Great Wall of China (Jing, Ai, author.) Frost Library; DS793.G67 J55 2015

Tracing China : a forty-year ethnographic journey (Siu, Helen F., author.) Frost Library; DS793.S644 S58 2016

Bai zhou ye se 18 zhang ming xin pian = Day, night 18 postcards. Archives and Special Collections; DS796.S243 B34 2005

Shanghai zhi ye Puxi = Shanghai night views Puxi Archives and Special Collections; DS796.S243 S397 2005

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

Shōwa atta tsukatta mono katari : tokubetsuten Frost Library; DS822.5 .S63 2001 x

Honored and dishonored guests : Westerners in wartime Japan (Brecher, W. Puck, author.) Frost Library; DS832.7.A1 B65 2017

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

Edo jidai no Ofure (Fujii, Jōji, 1947- author. 藤井讓治, 1947- author.) Frost Library; DS834 .N467 v.85

Daimyō yashiki to Edo iseki (Miyazaki, Katsumi, 1954- 宮崎勝美, 1954-) Frost Library; DS834 .N467 v.87

Kinsei kōzan o sasaeta hitobito (Ogi, Shin'ichirō, 1951- 荻慎一郎, 1951-) Frost Library; DS834 .N467 v.89