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.

Life after ruin : the struggles over Israel's depopulated Arab spaces (Leshem, Noam, author.) Frost Library; DS110.T36 K465 2017

The way to the spring : life and death in Palestine (Ehrenreich, Ben, author.) Frost Library; DS110.W47 E33 2016

German Jews in Palestine, 1920-1948 : between dream and reality (Sonino, Claudia, author.) Frost Library; DS113.8.G4 S4613 2016

Palestine LTD. : neoliberalism and nationalism in the occupied territory (Haddad, Toufic, author.) Frost Library; DS119.76 .H32 2016

My so-called enemy [videorecording] : [a documentary] Frost Library; DS119.76 .M927

Pop Culture in Asia and Oceania Frost Library; DS12 .P55 2016

At home in exile : why diaspora is good for the Jews (Wolfe, Alan, 1942-, author.) Frost Library; DS134 .W65 2014

Holocaust angst : the Federal Republic of Germany and American Holocaust memory since the 1970s (Eder, Jacob S., author.) Frost Library; DS134.26 .E34 2016

One day in France : tragedy and betrayal in an occupied village (Borzeix, Jean-Marie, 1941-, author.) Frost Library; DS135.F85 M55313 2016

The Holocaust in Hungary : seventy years later Frost Library; DS135.H9 H5946 2016

Four scraps of bread : (quatre petits bouts de pain) (Hollander-Lafon, Magda, author.) Frost Library; DS135.H93 H64813 2016

Undeliverable : a letter of reminiscence (Lipschits, I. (Isaac), 1930-2008.) Frost Library; DS135.N6 L57 2015

Socialism of fools : capitalism and modern anti-Semitism (Battini, M. (Michele) author.) Frost Library; DS146.E85 B3813 2016

Zionism : the birth and transformation of an ideal (Viorst, Milton, author.) Frost Library; DS151.A2 V56 2016

Iran without borders : towards a critique of the postcolonial nation (Dabashi, Hamid, 1951-, author.) Frost Library; DS266 .D238 2016

Authority and identity in medieval Islamic historiography : Persian histories from the peripheries (Hanaoka, Mimi, author.) Frost Library; DS288 .H36 2016

Opening up the Silk Road (Silk Roads Nara International Symposium (2005 : Nara-shi, Japan)) Frost Library; DS327.25 .S55 2007

Between Rome and China : history, religions and material culture of the Silk Road Frost Library; DS33.1 .B48 2016

Imagining Asia in the Americas Frost Library; DS33.4.A45 I47 2016

Arabic thought beyond the liberal age : towards an intellectual history of the Nahda Frost Library; DS36.88 .A74284 2016

A rock between hard places : Afghanistan as an arena of regional insecurity (Harpviken, Kristian Berg, author.) Frost Library; DS371.412 .H367 2016

Hopeless but optimistic : journeying through America's endless war in Afghanistan (Wissing, Douglas A., author.) Frost Library; DS371.412 .W57 2016

First citizens : studies on adivasis, tribals, and indigenous peoples in India Frost Library; DS432.A2 F57 2016

Tamils and the nation : India and Sri Lanka compared (Rasaratnam, Madurika, author.) Frost Library; DS432.T3 R37 2016

Tamil : a biography (Shulman, David Dean, 1949- author.) Frost Library; DS432.T3 S46 2016

Incarnations : a history of India in fifty lives (Khilnani, Sunil, 1960-, author.) Frost Library; DS434 .K48 2016

India China : rethinking borders and security (Ling, L. H. M., author.) Frost Library; DS450.C6 L55 2016

Visions of Mughal India : an anthology of European travel writing Frost Library; DS461 .V57 2007

Politics of the All-India Muslim League, 1924-1940 (Sultana, Kishwar, author.) Frost Library; DS480.45 .S769 2016

India : the crucial years (Rajeswar, T. V., 1926-, author.) Frost Library; DS480.84 .R245 2015

Gandhi's printing press : experiments in slow reading (Hofmeyr, Isabel.) Frost Library; DS481.G3 H53 2013

Poverty and the quest for life : spiritual and material striving in rural India (Singh, Bhrigupati, author.) Frost Library; DS485.R25 S56 2015

There are no victors here : a local perspective on the Treaty of Portsmouth (Randall, Peter, 1940-) Frost Library; DS517.7 .R36 1985

Wars and rumours of war, 1918-1945 Frost Library; DS518 .W37 2016

Politics in contemporary Southeast Asia : authority, democracy and political change (Kingsbury, Damien, author.) Frost Library; DS526.7 .K56 2017

European Products : Making and Unmaking Heritage in Cyprus (Welz, Gisela, author.) Frost Library; DS54.35 .W45 2015

Contesting Indochina : French remembrance between decolonization and Cold War (Edwards, M. Kathryn, 1979-, author.) Frost Library; DS553.7 .E37 2016

The handbook of contemporary Cambodia Frost Library; DS554.8 .H36 2017

Vietnam : a new history (Goscha, Christopher E., author.) Frost Library; DS556.5 .G66 2016

The American war in Vietnam : crime or commemoration? (Marciano, J. D., author.) Frost Library; DS558 .M354 2016

A political history of the Arameans : from their origins to the end of their polities (Younger, K. Lawson, author.) Frost Library; DS59.A7 Y68 2016

A people without a state : the Kurds from the rise of Islam to the dawn of nationalism (Eppel, Michael, 1947-, author.) Frost Library; DS59.K86 E67 2016

America's dream palace : Middle East expertise and the rise of the national security state (Khalil, Osamah F., 1971-, author.) Frost Library; DS61.8 .K47 2016

The site of the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus in Singapore (Hudd, Sandra, author.) Frost Library; DS610.4 .H83 2016

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

The poisoned well : empire and its legacy in the Middle East (Hardy, Roger, 1949-, author.) Frost Library; DS62.8 .H363 2016

The Ottoman endgame : war, revolution, and the making of the modern Middle East, 1908-1923 (McMeekin, Sean, 1974-, author.) Frost Library; DS63.04 .M38 2015

Shadow wars : the secret struggle for the Middle East (Davidson, Christopher M. (Christopher Michael) author.) Frost Library; DS63.1 .D378 2016

The death of the nation and the future of the Arab revolution (Prashad, Vijay, author.) Frost Library; DS63.123 .P73 2016

Revolt and Resistance in the Ancient Classical World and the Near East : In the Crucible of Empire Frost Library; DS63.18 .R48 2016

Britain and the Arab Middle East : World War I and its aftermath (Lieshout, R. H., author.) Frost Library; DS63.2.G7 L53 2016

The Iran wars : spy games, bank battles, and the secret deals that reshaped the Middle East (Solomon, Jay (Reporter) author.) Frost Library; DS63.2.I68 S65 2016

Challenges for America in the Middle East Frost Library; DS63.2.U5 C435 2017

The Arabists : the romance of an American elite (Kaplan, Robert D., 1952-) Frost Library; DS63.2.U5 K35 1993

Iconography of the new empire (Halili, Servando D.) Frost Library; DS676.5 .H35 2006

Babylonia : a very short introduction (Bryce, Trevor, 1940-, author.) Frost Library; DS71 .B79 2016

Les enjeux géopolitiques de la Chine en Afrique de l'Ouest (Aurégan, Xavier, author.) Frost Library; DS740.5.A34 A87 2011

Géopolitique de la Chine en Côte d'Ivoire (Aurégan, Xavier, author.) Frost Library; DS740.5.C68 A87 2016

Information, territory, and networks : the crisis and maintenance of empire in Song China (De Weerdt, Hilde Godelieve Dominique, author.) Frost Library; DS751 .D4 2015

The search for modern China : a documentary collection Frost Library; DS753.86 .S33 2014

China 100 years ago = II y a cent ans : "La Chine" (Yao, Dahong.) Frost Library; DS761 .Y36 2007

The Meaning of survival : Hiroshimaʼs 36 year commitment to peace Frost Library; DS767.25.H6 H5913 1983 x

Knowing China : A Twenty-First-Century Guide (Pieke, Frank N., author.) Frost Library; DS779.4 .P54 2016

The ancient state of Puyo in northeast Asia : archaeology and historical memory (Byington, Mark E., author.) Frost Library; DS783.4 .B95 2016

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

Bai nian Shanghai = Centennial Shanghai Frost Library; DS796.S243 B35 2006

Niao kan Shanghai = Bird's-eye views of Shanghai Frost Library; DS796.S243 N536 2006

Bai bian Shanghai (Xu, Xixian. 徐喜先.) Frost Library; DS796.S243 X8 2004

Zhongguo Shanghai = Shanghai China Frost Library; DS796.S243 Z46 2005

Lao Shanghai 200 jiu ying = Shanghai remembrances Frost Library; DS796.S257 L36 2006

Old Shanghai : a lost age (Wu, Liang, 1955-) Frost Library; DS796.S257 W8313 2001

Xiao shi de Shanghai feng jing (Xue, Liyong. 薛理勇.) Frost Library; DS796.S257 X86 2006

Lao Shanghai shi zi jie tou = The streets of old Shanghai (Zheng, Zu'an. 郑祖安.) Frost Library; DS796.S275 Z43 2004

The Bund Shanghai : China faces West (Hibbard, Peter.) Frost Library; DS796.S29 H83 2007

Suzhou He = Suzhou creek (Lu, Yuanmin, 1950- 陆元敏, 1950-) Frost Library; DS796.S295 L8 2006

Fact in fiction : 1920s China and Ba Jin's Family (Stapleton, Kristin, 1963-, author.) Frost Library; DS797.77.C48 S73 2016

Jōkamachi no kioku (Nishikawa, Kōji, 1930- 西川孝治, 1930-) Frost Library; DS806.3 .N575 2007

Nihon genkei sōtennenshoku : Bāton Hōmuzu shashinshū (Holmes, Burton, 1870-1958.) Frost Library; DS809 .H65 1974

Narrative of the expedition of an American squadron to the China Seas and Japan, performed in the ye (Perry, Matthew Calbraith, 1794-1858.) Frost Library; DS809 .P456 1967

Samurai to soldier : remaking military service in nineteenth-century Japan (Jaundrill, D. Colin, 1980-, author.) Frost Library; DS838.5 .J38 2016

Hi izuru kuni to hi shizumanu kuni Frost Library; DS849.S7 H5 2016

The turning point in US-Japan relations : Hanihara's cherry blossom diplomacy in 1920-1930 (Chow, Misuzu Hanihara, author.) Frost Library; DS849.U6 C46 2016

Kodai, chūsei no kyōkai ishiki to bunka kōryū Frost Library; DS851 .K64145 2011

Nihon kodai no miyako o saguru Frost Library; DS854 .N54 2015

"Gyokuyō" o yomu : Kujō Kanezane to sono jidai Frost Library; DS860.K77 A334 2013

Muromachi jidai no Shōgun-ke to Tennō-ke (Ishihara, Hiiro, 1976- author. 石原比伊呂, 1976- author.) Frost Library; DS864 .I846 2015

Kami ni natta Hideyoshi : Hideyoshi ninki no himitsu o saguru Frost Library; DS869.T6 K36 2004

Genroku taiheiki Frost Library; DS871.77 .G467 1974

Meiji Ishin hyakunin Frost Library; DS881.5.A1 M428 1990

Shashin Meiji Taishō 60-nenshi : 1868-1926 Frost Library; DS882 .S413 1956 x

1-okunin no Shōwa 50-nenshi : Mainichi gurafu bessatsu 1.1, 1975 Frost Library; DS888.2 .A135 1975

Shōwa shi shashin nenpyō. Frost Library; DS888.2 .I23 v.15

Manga Shōwa shi : Manga Shūdan no 50-nen Frost Library; DS888.2 .M326 1982

Shōwa no sensō karikachua : hitokoma manga de tadoru heiwashi (Ishiko, Jun, 1935- 石子順, 1935-) Frost Library; DS888.25 .I84 1985

Sengo 50-nen = Post war 50 years Frost Library; DS889 .S442 1995 x

Senryōka no minshu shugi Frost Library; DS889.16 .S367 1995

Shinchūgun to furōji Frost Library; DS889.16 .S446 1995

Yoshida Shigeru fūshi mangashū (Shimizu, Kon, 1912-1974. 清水崑, 1912-1974.) Frost Library; DS890.Y63 S524 1989

Chimei no kōkogaku : Nara chimei denshōron (Ikeda, Suenori 池田末則.) Frost Library; DS894.69.N362 I439 2012

Kodai Kyūshū no kokuhō Frost Library; DS894.935 .K63 2009