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 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
    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.

Eurasian encounters : museums, missions, modernities (Asia-Europe Encounters: Intellectual and cultural exchanges 1900-1950 (2012 ; Singapore), author.) Frost Library; DS1.5 .A85 2012

Finding Jerusalem : archaeology between science and ideology (Galor, Katharina, author.) Frost Library; DS109.15 .G36 2017

Jerusalem 1900 : the Holy City in the age of possibilities (Lemire, Vincent, 1973- author.) Frost Library; DS109.925 .L4613 2017

Jerusalem : the Spatial Politics of a Divided Metropolis (Shlay, Anne B., author.) Frost Library; DS109.95 .S55 2015

The Naqab Bedouins : a century of politics and resistance (Nasasra, Mansour, author.) Frost Library; DS113.7 .N35 2017

Jewish history : a very short introduction (Myers, David N., author.) Frost Library; DS117 .M94 2017

Essential Israel : essays for the 21st century Frost Library; DS119.7 .E86 2017

In search of Fatima : a Palestinian story (Karmi, Ghada.) Frost Library; DS119.7 .K275 2009

Footnotes in Gaza (Sacco, Joe.) Frost Library; DS119.7 .S29 2010

The only language they understand : forcing compromise in Israel and Palestine (Thrall, Nathan, author.) Frost Library; DS119.7 .T487 2017

Memory activism : reimagining the past for the future in Israel-Palestine (Gutman, Yifat, 1977-, author.) Frost Library; DS119.76 .G889 2017

A half century of occupation : Israel, Palestine, and the world's most intractable conflict (Shafir, Gershon, author.) Frost Library; DS119.76 .S526 2017

City on a hilltop : American Jews and the Israeli settler movement (Hirschhorn, Sara Yael, 1981- author.) Frost Library; DS125 .H56 2017

Not in my family : German memory and responsibility after the Holocaust (Frie, Roger, 1965-, author.) Frost Library; DS134.255 .F74 2017

The merchants of Oran : a Jewish port at the dawn of empire (Schreier, Joshua, 1969-, author.) Frost Library; DS135.A3 A3576 2017

The Jews of Nazi Vienna, 1938-1945 : rescue and destruction (Offenberger, Ilana Fritz, 1979- author.) Frost Library; DS135.A92 V54662 2017

After the roundup (Weismann, Joseph, author.) Frost Library; DS135.F9 W4713 2017

Modernity and the Jews in western social thought (Goldberg, Chad Alan, author.) Frost Library; DS140 .G54 2017

Antisemitism and Islamophobia in Europe : a shared story? Frost Library; DS146.E85 A576 2017

Sovereign Jews : Israel, Zionism, and Judaism (Yadgar, Yaacov, author.) Frost Library; DS149 .Y317 2017

Forced into genocide : memoirs of an Armenian soldier in the Ottoman Turkish army (Alexanian, Yervant, 1895-1983, author.) Frost Library; DS195.5 .A424 2017

The Mongols & the Islamic world : from conquest to conversion (Jackson, Peter, 1948 January 27-, author.) Frost Library; DS22 .J33 2017

The Persians : lost civilizations (Parker, Geoffrey, 1943-, author.) Frost Library; DS267 .P36 2017

American coup Frost Library; DS318.6 .A44

Iran : stuck in transition (Ehteshami, Anoushiravan, author.) Frost Library; DS318.9 .E38 2017

South Asia in world history (Gilbert, Marc Jason, author.) Frost Library; DS340 .G525 2017

The excellence of the Arabs (Ibn Qutaybah, ʻAbd Allāh ibn Muslim, 828-889?, author.) Frost Library; DS36.85 .I28 2017

Our latest longest war : losing hearts and minds in Afghanistan Frost Library; DS371.412 .O95 2017

Negotiating the siege of the Lal Masjid (Dolnik, Adam, author.) Frost Library; DS389 .D65 2016

Governance in Pakistan : hybridism, political instability, and violence (Khan, Sagheer Ahmad, author.) Frost Library; DS389 .K42 2016

Britain's Anglo-Indians : the invisibility of assimilation (Almeida, Rochelle, author.) Frost Library; DS432.A55 A46 2017

East of India, South of China : Sino-Indian encounters in Southeast Asia (Acharya, Amitav, author.) Frost Library; DS450.C6 A36 2017

Not war, not peace? : motivating Pakistan to prevent cross-border terrorism (Perkovich, George, 1958-, author.) Frost Library; DS450.P18 P47 2016

Aurangzeb : the life and legacy of India's most controversial king (Truschke, Audrey, author.) Frost Library; DS461.7 .T78 2017

The East India Company, 1600 (Barrow, Ian J., author.) Frost Library; DS465 .B38 2017

Gandhi : a very short introduction (Parekh, Bhikhu C.) Frost Library; DS481.G3 P3465 2001

Gandhi in Bombay : towards swaraj (Thakkar, Usha, author.) Frost Library; DS481.G3 T435 2017

Gandhian nonviolent struggle and untouchability in South India (King, Mary E., author.) Frost Library; DS485.T7 K56 2015

Chinese in Colonial Burma : a migrant community in a multiethnic state (Li, Yi, author.) Frost Library; DS528.2.C44 L5 2017

Vietnam's lost revolution : Ngô Đình Diệm's failure to build an independent nation, 1955-1963 (Stewart, Geoffrey (Geoffrey C.), 1973- author.) Frost Library; DS556.93.N5 S74 2017

Huế 1968 : a turning point of the American war in Vietnam (Bowden, Mark, 1951-, author.) Frost Library; DS557.8.H83 B68 2017

Enduring Vietnam : an American generation and its war (Wright, James Edward, 1939-, author.) Frost Library; DS558 .W76 2017

Dangerous grounds : antiwar coffeehouses and military dissent in the Vietnam era (Parsons, David L., author.) Frost Library; DS559.62.U6 P37 2017

The American war in Viet Nam : cultural memories at the turn of the century (Eastman, Susan Lyn, author.) Frost Library; DS559.8.S6 E17 2017

Middle East studies for the new millennium : infrastructures of knowledge Frost Library; DS61.9.U6 M52 2016

The age of jihad : Islamic State and the great war for the Middle East (Cockburn, Patrick, 1950-, author.) Frost Library; DS63.123 .C43 2016

The new Arab wars : uprisings and anarchy in the Middle East (Lynch, Marc, 1969-, author.) Frost Library; DS63.123 .L96 2016

Sectarianization : mapping the new politics of the Middle East Frost Library; DS63.123 .S43 2017b

Envisioning the Arab future : modernization in U.S.-Arab relations, 1945-1967 (Citino, Nathan J., author.) Frost Library; DS63.2.U5 C55 2017

Radical Arab nationalism and political Islam (Addi, Lahouari, 1949- author.) Frost Library; DS63.6 .A36 2017

Imagining the Arabs : Arab identity and the rise of Islam (Webb, Peter, 1978- author.) Frost Library; DS63.6 .W43 2016

American mestizos, the Philippines, and the malleability of race, 1898-1961 (Molnar, Nicholas Trajano, author.) Frost Library; DS666.A38 M65 2017

The water kingdom : a secret history of China (Ball, Philip, 1962-, author.) Frost Library; DS727 .B355 2017

Merchants of war and peace : British knowledge of China in the making of the Opium War (Chen, Song-Chuan.) Frost Library; DS757.55 .C54 2017

Revolutionary nativism : fascism and culture in China, 1925-1937 (Clinton, Maggie, 1977- author.) Frost Library; DS777.48 .C59 2017

Uneasy partnerships : China's engagement with Japan, the Koreas, and Russia in the era of reform Frost Library; DS779.27 .U63 2017

CEO, China : the rise of Xi Jinping (Brown, Kerry, 1967-, author.) Frost Library; DS779.49.X53 B76 2016

Iraq : the cost of war (Greenstock, Jeremy, author.) Frost Library; DS79.757 .G74 2016

The news media at war : the clash of Western and Arab networks in the Middle East (Cherkaoui, Tarek, author.) Frost Library; DS79.767.P74 C44 2017

Material culture, power, and identity in ancient China (Wu, Xiaolong (Art historian), author.) Frost Library; DS793.H6 W8 2017

Piecing Together Sha Po : Archaeological Investigations and Landscape Reconstruction (Atha, Mick, author.) Frost Library; DS796.H76 S43 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

A passage to China : literature, loyalism, and colonial Taiwan (Tsai, Chien-hsin, 1975-, author.) Frost Library; DS799.712 .T73 2017

Ye Gongchao de liang ge shi jie : cong Ailüete dao Dulesi (Tang, Yan, active 2001, author. 湯晏, active 2001, author.) Archives and Special Collections; DS799.82.Y44 T36 2015

Ye Gongchao de liang ge shi jie : cong Ailüete dao Dulesi (Tang, Yan, active 2001, author. 湯晏, active 2001, author.) Frost Library; DS799.82.Y44 T36 2015

An illustrated companion to Japanese archaeology Frost Library; DS815 .I425 2016 x

The end of cool Japan : ethical, legal, and cultural challenges to Japanese popular culture Frost Library; DS822.5 .E5165 2017

Rettō sōseiki (Matsugi, Takehiko, 1961- 松木武彦, 1961-) Frost Library; DS835 .N554 v.1

Tokugawa no kokka dezain (Mizumoto, Kunihiko, 1946- 水本邦彦, 1946-) Frost Library; DS835 .N554 v.10

Tokugawa shakai no yuragi (Kurachi, Katsunao, 1949- 倉地克直, 1949-) Frost Library; DS835 .N554 v.11

Kaikoku e no michi (Hirakawa, Arata, 1950- 平川新, 1950-) Frost Library; DS835 .N554 v.12

Bunmeikoku o mezashite (Makihara, Norio, 1943- 牧原憲夫, 1943-) Frost Library; DS835 .N554 v.13

"Inochi" to Teikoku Nihon (Komatsu, Hiroshi. 小松裕.) Frost Library; DS835 .N554 v.14

Sensō to sengo o ikiru (Ōkado, Masakatsu, 1953- 大門正克, 1953-) Frost Library; DS835 .N554 v.15

Yutakasa e no katsubō (Arakawa, Shōji, 1952- 荒川章二, 1952-) Frost Library; DS835 .N554 v.16

Nihon bunka no genkei (Aoki, Michio, 1936-2013. 青木美智男, 1936-) Frost Library; DS835 .N554 v.17

Nihon no genzō (Hirakawa, Minami, 1943- 平川南, 1943-) Frost Library; DS835 .N554 v.2

Ritsuryō kokka to Man'yōbito (Kanegae, Hiroyuki, 1964- 鐘江宏之, 1964-) Frost Library; DS835 .N554 v.3

Yureugoku kizoku shakai (Kawajiri, Akio, 1961- 川尻秋生, 1961-) Frost Library; DS835 .N554 v.4

Yakudōsuru chūsei (Gomi, Fumihiko, 1946- 五味文彦, 1946-) Frost Library; DS835 .N554 v.5

Kyō, Kamakura futatsu no ōken (Hongō, Keiko, 1960- 本鄉恵子, 1960-) Frost Library; DS835 .N554 v.6

Hashiru akutō, hōkisuru domin (Yasuda, Tsuguo, 1950- 安田次郎, 1950-) Frost Library; DS835 .N554 v.7

Sengoku no katsuryoku (Yamada, Kuniaki, 1957- 山田邦明, 1957-) Frost Library; DS835 .N554 v.8

"Sakoku" to iu gaikō (Toby, Ronald P., 1942-) Frost Library; DS835 .N554 v.9

Nihon kodai shizoku jinmei jiten Frost Library; DS852.A1 N54 1990

Nihon kodai jinmei jiten (Takeuchi, Rizō, 1907-1997. 竹內理三, 1907-1997.) Frost Library; DS852.A1 T32

Citizen Hariri : Lebanon's neoliberal reconstruction (Baumann, Hannes, author.) Frost Library; DS87.2.H37 B38 2016

Meiji Ishin jinmei jiten Frost Library; DS881.5.A1 M43 1981

Nikki ni yomu kindai Nihon. Frost Library; DS881.95 .N58 2011

Meiji jidaishi daijiten Frost Library; DS882 .M3836 2011

Architects of occupation : American experts and the planning for postwar Japan (Barnes, Dayna L., 1982- author.) Frost Library; DS889.16 .B37 2017

A taste for home : the modern middle class in Ottoman Beirut (Abou-Hodeib, Toufoul, author.) Frost Library; DS89.B4 A25 2017

The new Koreans : the story of a nation (Breen, Michael, 1952-, author.) Frost Library; DS917 .B74 2017

Documents of Judean exiles and West Semites in Babylonia in the collection of David Sofer (Pearce, Laurie E., author.) Frost Library; PJ4070 .P43 2014

Ḥadarim meleʼim sefarim (Beʼer, Haim author. באר, חיים.) Frost Library; PJ5053.A4 A6333 2016

Jacob-Isaac Segal, 1896-1954 : un poète yiddish de Montréal et son milieu (Anctil, Pierre.) Frost Library; PJ5053.S37 Z53 2012

Between sky & sea (Bergner, Herz, 1907-1970.) Frost Library; PJ5129.B46 T813 2010

Broken heart (Kotlerman, Ber Boris, 1971-, author.) Frost Library; PJ5129.K27 Z73 2017

Arabic in context : celebrating 400 years of Arabic at Leiden University Frost Library; PJ6075 .A725 2017