Asian Languages and Civilizations Research Guide


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  • Databases
  • Reference
  • News
  • E-Books
  • Data
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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).
  • 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)
  • Project Muse
    Online database of more than 200 journals from nonprofit publishers. (Alumni access)
  • 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.
  • Cambridge Companions Complete Collection
    Surveys of authors, literary history, culture, and philosophy, all written by scholars.
  • MLA International Bibliography (1926 to present)
    Covers critical scholarship on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore.
Use these encyclopedias and reference works to get started on a topic.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    70 reference e-books, including multivolume works like the Encyclopedia of Religion, American Decades, and more.
  • Reference Universe
    Searchable index of the library's entire reference collection, both print and electronic.
  • Han yu da ci dian
    Comprehensive Chinese word dictionary
  • 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.
  • Japan Knowledge (date coverage varies)
    Collection of dictionaries and encyclopedia, full-text articles, video files, maps, images.
  • Cambridge Histories Online
    Provides political, economic and social history, philosophy and literature of selected countries and subjects.

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 (many volumes)
New Cambridge History of Islam (4 vols.)
Cambridge History of Arabic Literature
Arabic Literature in the Post-classical Period
Cambridge History of Chinese Literature

Try these collections of historical and current newspapers (also see the News Research Guide or search the journal locator for specific titles).
  • Historical Chinese Newspapers
    English-language newspapers published in China. It spans 1832-1953, with most content from 1910-1940.
  • Nikkei Telecom (1984 to present)
    Includes business news, company information, who's who with coverage since 1984.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • FBIS: Federal Broadcast Information Service (1974-1996)
    News in translation (by the CIA) from radio, television, and newspapers around the world.
  • 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.

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.

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)

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

Locate data and statistical resources for research in this discipline.

Jerusalem interrupted : modernity and colonial transformation 1917-present Frost Library; DS109.93 .J48 2010

South African Jews in Israel : assimilation in multigenerational perspective (Raijman, Rebeca, author.) Frost Library; DS113.8.S65 R35 2015

The works of Flavius Josephus, the learned and authentic Jewish historian, and celebrated warrior (Josephus, Flavius.) Archives and Special Collections; DS116 .J7 1835

Operation Thunderbolt (David, Saul, 1966-, author.) Frost Library; DS119.7 .D2977 2015

Jews in the early modern world (Bell, Dean Phillip, 1967-) Frost Library; DS124 .B46 2008

Killing a king : the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and the remaking of Israel (Ephron, Dan, author.) Frost Library; DS126.6.R32 E54 2015

Israel's colonial project in Palestine : brutal pursuit (Zureik, Elia, author.) Frost Library; DS127.6.O3 Z87 2016

Germans and Jews since the Holocaust (Ó Dochartaigh, Pól, author.) Frost Library; DS134.26 .O36 2016

Jewish youth and identity in postwar France : rebuilding family and nation (Doron, Daniella, author.) Frost Library; DS135.F83 D64 2015

The children of La Hille : eluding Nazi capture during World War II (Reed, Walter W., 1924-, author.) Frost Library; DS135.F85 M6547 2015

How they lived : the everyday lives of Hungarian Jews, 1867-1940 (Koerner, András, author.) Frost Library; DS135.H9 K586 2015

A guest at the shooters' banquet (Gabis, Rita, 1957-, author.) Frost Library; DS135.L53 G33 2015

Collectivization and Social Engineering (Levin, Zeev, author.) Frost Library; DS135.U92 L38513 2015

Antisemitism : a very short introduction (Beller, Steven, 1958-) Frost Library; DS145 .B394 2015

Über die bürgerliche Verbesserung der Juden (Dohm, Christian Wilhelm von, 1751-1820, author.) Frost Library; DS147 .D63 2015

A political theory for the Jewish people (Gans, Chaim, author.) Frost Library; DS149 .G25513 2016

Lidyalılar ve dünyaları = The Lydians and their world (Lidyalılar ve Dünyaları Sergisi (2010 : Istanbul, Turkey)) Frost Library; DS156.L9 L53 2010

Arabs and empires before Islam Frost Library; DS231 .A73 2015

Saudi Arabia : a kingdom in peril (Aarts, Paul, 1949-, author.) Frost Library; DS244.63 .A27813 2015

A history of modern Oman (Jones, Jeremy, 1954-, author.) Frost Library; DS247.O68 J66 2015

The Eye of the Shah : Qajar Court Photography and the Persian past Frost Library; DS254.7 .E94 2015 x

Persophilia : Persian Culture on the Global Scene (Dabashi, Hamid, 1951-, author.) Frost Library; DS266 .D24 2015

The emergence of Iranian nationalism : race and the politics of dislocation (Zia-Ebrahimi, Reza, 1977- author.) Frost Library; DS266 .Z53 2016

The Pearl of Dari : Poetry and Personhood among Young Afghans in Iran (Olszewska, Zuzanna, 1978-, author.) Frost Library; DS269.A34 O57 2015

Iran in world history (Foltz, Richard C., 1961- author.) Frost Library; DS272 .F65 2016

Children of paradise : the struggle for the soul of Iran (Secor, Laura, author.) Frost Library; DS318.8 .S37 2016

The Iran-Iraq war (Razoux, Pierre.) Frost Library; DS318.85 .R38613 2015

By steppe, desert, and ocean : the birth of Eurasia (Cunliffe, Barry W., author.) Frost Library; DS328.2 .C87 2015

A history of modern South Asia : politics, states, diasporas (Talbot, Ian, author.) Frost Library; DS340 .T35 2016

The pearl in its midst : Herat and the mapping of Khurasan (15th-19th centuries) (Noelle-Karimi, Christine.) Frost Library; DS375.H5 N645 2014

Holy war and rapprochement (Amitai, Reuven.) Frost Library; DS38.7 .A464 2013

Neither a hawk nor a dove (Kasuri, Khurshid Mahmud, 1941-, author.) Frost Library; DS383.5.A2 K37 2015

Cover point : impressions of leadership in Pakistan (Marker, Jamsheed, 1922-, author.) Frost Library; DS384 .M375 2016

Modernity of slavery : struggles against caste inequality in colonial Kerala (Sanal Mōhan, author.) Frost Library; DS422.C3 S26 2015

The Demands of Recognition : State Anthropology and Ethnopolitics in Darjeeling (Middleton, Townsend, author.) Frost Library; DS432.G87 M58 2016

Colonialism and the call to Jihad in British India (Hasan, Tariq (Journalist) author.) Frost Library; DS432.M84 H373 2015

Locale, everyday Islam, and modernity : Qasbah towns and Muslim life in colonial India (Rahman, M. Raisur, author.) Frost Library; DS432.M84 R34 2015

The thought of Nirad C. Chaudhuri : Islam, empire, and loss : (Almond, Ian, 1969-) Frost Library; DS435.7.C5 A46 2015

The country of first boys and other essays (Sen, Amartya, 1933-, author.) Frost Library; DS437 .S46 2015

Africa in the Indian imagination : race and the politics of postcolonial citation (Burton, Antoinette M., 1961-, author.) Frost Library; DS450.A35 B87 2016

Strangers across the border : Indian encounters in boomtown China (Patil, Reshma, author.) Frost Library; DS450.C6 P38 2014

The History of Akbar (Abū al-Faz̤l ibn Mubārak, 1551-1602, author.) Frost Library; DS461.3 .A2313 2014

Divided we govern : coalition politics in modern India (Ruparelia, Sanjay, author.) Frost Library; DS480.853 .R87 2015

Hungry Bengal : war, famine and the end of empire (Mukherjee, Janam, author.) Frost Library; DS485.B49 M84 2015b

The human toll of the Kashmir conflict : grief and courage in a South Asian borderland (Mathur, Shubh, author.) Frost Library; DS485.K27 M3797 2016

Muzaffarnagar baaqi hai = Muzaffarnagar eventually Frost Library; DS485.U6 M89

This divided island : life, death, and the Sri Lankan War (Subramanian, Samanth, author.) Frost Library; DS489.84 .S845 2015b

The Everest effect : nature, culture, ideology (Mazzolini, Elizabeth, 1973-, author.) Frost Library; DS495.8.E9 M39 2015

East Asia in the world : an introduction Frost Library; DS504.5 .E263 2015

Blood, dreams and gold : the changing face of Burma (Cockett, Richard, author.) Frost Library; DS530.4 .C63 2015

The uprooted : race, children, and imperialism in French Indochina, 1890-1980 (Firpo, Christina Elizabeth, author.) Frost Library; DS546.5.F8 F57 2016

From the land of shadows : war, revolution, and the making of the Cambodian diaspora (Um, Khatharya, author.) Frost Library; DS554.8 .U46 2015

The lost mandate of heaven : the American betrayal of Ngo Dinh Diem, President of Vietnam (Shaw, Geoffrey D. T., author.) Frost Library; DS556.93.N5 S4 2015

The Search for tactical success in Vietnam (Ross, Andrew.) Frost Library; DS558.6.A8 R67 2015

Taming the wild : aborigines and racial knowledge in colonial Malaya (Manickam, Sandra Khor, author.) Frost Library; DS595 .M3455 2015

George Yeo on Bonsai, Banyan and the Tao (Yeo, George Yong-Boon, author.) Frost Library; DS610.73.Y46 A5 2015

Byzantium and the Arabs in the fifth century (Shahîd, Irfan, 1926-) Frost Library; DS62.25 .S512 1989

From the First World War to the Arab Spring : what's really going on in the Middle East? (McMillan, M. E., author.) Frost Library; DS62.8 .M46 2016

From resilience to revolution : how foreign interventions destabilize the Middle East (Yom, Sean L.) Frost Library; DS62.8 .Y66 2016

Dying to forget : oil, power, Palestine, & the foundations of U.S. policy in the Middle East (Gendzier, Irene L., author.) Frost Library; DS63.2.U5 G429 2015

China (Davis, John Francis, 1795-1890.) Archives and Special Collections; DS709 .D3 1857

Behind the Great Wall : a photographic essay on China (Cross, Mary.) Archives and Special Collections; DS712 .C76 1979 x

Chinese restaurants [videorecording] Frost Library; DS732 .C5574

The Confucian-legalist state : a new theory of Chinese history (Zhao, Dingxin, author.) Frost Library; DS736.5 .Z48 2015

The gunpowder age : China, military innovation, and the rise of the West in world history (Andrade, Tonio, author.) Frost Library; DS738 .A54 2016

Germany and China : transnational encounters since the eighteenth century Frost Library; DS740.5.G2 C556 2014

The Qing Dynasty and traditional Chinese culture (Smith, Richard J. (Richard Joseph), 1944-, author.) Frost Library; DS754.14 .S6 2015

Quest for power : European imperialism and the making of Chinese statecraft (Halsey, Stephen R., 1975-) Frost Library; DS761.2 .H354 2015

Archival resources of Republican China in North America (Wang, Chengzhi, 1966- author. 王成志, 1966- author.) Frost Library; DS773.89 .W34 2016

1943 : China at the crossroads Frost Library; DS777.518 .A15 2015

Modern China : a very short introduction (Mitter, Rana, 1969-, author.) Frost Library; DS779.23 .M57 2016

Chinese foreign relations : power and policy since the Cold War (Sutter, Robert G., author.) Frost Library; DS779.27 .S873 2016

China's future (Shambaugh, David L., author.) Frost Library; DS779.4 .S45 2016

The Ancient Highlands of Southwest China : From the Bronze Age to the Han Empire (Yao, Alice, author.) Frost Library; DS793.S6445 Y38 2016

Peking and the overland route (Thomas Cook Ltd.) Archives and Special Collections; DS795 .C6 1917

Reinventing Chinese tradition : the cultural politics of late socialism (Wu, Ka-ming, author.) Frost Library; DS796.Y4 W8 2015

After the prosperous age : state and elites in early nineteenth-century Suzhou (Han, Seunghyun, 1970- author.) Frost Library; DS797.56.S894 H36 2016

Voices of Taiwanese Women : Three Contemporary Plays Frost Library; DS799.812 .V65 2015

Once upon a time : visions of old Japan (Beato, Felice, 1832-1909.) Frost Library; DS809 .B4313 1986 x

Japan, caught in time (Cortazzi, Hugh.) Frost Library; DS822.3 .C67 1995

Hyakunenmae no Nihon Frost Library; DS822.3 .H92 1983 x

Shiteki Shōwa shi : Kuwabara Kineo shashinshū (Kuwahara, Kineo, 1913-2007, photographer, author. 桑原甲子雄, 1913-2007, photographer, author.) Frost Library; DS822.4 .K89 2013

Toki o koete kataru mono Frost Library; DS835 .T535 2001 x

Kodai tōgoku no sekihi (Maezawa, Kazuyuki, 1946- 前沢和之, 1946-) Frost Library; DS837 .N437 v.72

Ritsuryōsei to wa nani ka (Ōtsu, Tōru, 1960- author. 大津透, 1960- author.) Frost Library; DS837 .N437 v.73

Shōsōin hōmotsu no sekai (Sugimoto, Kazuki, 1957- 杉本一樹, 1957-) Frost Library; DS837 .N437 v.74

Nissō bōeki to "iō no michi" (Yamauchi, Shinji, 1961- 山内晋次, 1961-) Frost Library; DS837 .N437 v.75

Shōen ezu ga kataru kodai, chūsei (Fujita, Hirotsugu, 1957- 藤田裕嗣, 1957-) Frost Library; DS837 .N437 v.76

Spectacular accumulation : material culture, Tokugawa Ieyasu, and samurai sociability (Pitelka, Morgan, 1972-, author.) Frost Library; DS868 .P58 2016

The strange disappearance of Imam Moussa Sadr (Theroux, Peter.) Frost Library; DS87 .T43 1987

Ṭāʼir ʻalá sindiyānah : mudhakkirāt (Salibi, Kamal S. (Kamal Suleiman), 1929-2011 Salibi, Kamal S. (Kamal Suleiman), 1929-2011) Frost Library; DS87.2.S245 A3 2002

Wild flowers [videorecording] : women of south Lebanon Frost Library; DS87.53 .W55

The coming of the barbarians (Barr, Pat, 1934-) Frost Library; DS881.3 .B35 1967

Shashinshū yomigaeru bakumatsu : Raiden Daigaku shashin korekushon yori Frost Library; DS881.3 .S4 1987

Kurofune dansō (Mori, Hajime. 森一.) Archives and Special Collections; DS881.8 .M67 1947 x

The Japan Expedition, 1852-1854; the personal journal of Commodore Matthew C. Perry. Edited by Roger (Perry, Matthew Calbraith, 1794-1858.) Frost Library; DS881.8 .P4 1968

Commodore Perry in Japan (Reynolds, Robert L. (Robert Lincoln), 1924-) Frost Library; DS881.8 .R4 1963

Meiji hyakunen no rekishi Frost Library; DS881.9 .M45 1968 x

Meiji no Nihon : Yokohama shashin no sekai : saishiki arubamu Frost Library; DS882 .M394 1990 x

Shashin Meiji no sensō Frost Library; DS882.5 .S48 2001