Asian Languages and Civilizations Research Guide


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  • Databases
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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.

Till we have built Jerusalem : architects of a new city (Hoffman, Adina, author.) Frost Library; DS109.93 .H64 2016

The Dead Sea and the Jordan River (Kreiger, Barbara, author.) Frost Library; DS110.D38 K725 2016

The new Jewish diaspora : Russian-speaking immigrants in the United States, Israel, and Germany Frost Library; DS113.8.R87 N49 2016

A companion to Josephus in his world Frost Library; DS115.9.J6 C66 2016

A history of the Jewish War : A.D. 66-74 (Mason, Steve, 1957-, author.) Frost Library; DS115.9.J6 M377 2016

Chances For Peace : Missed Opportunities in the Arab-Israeli Conflict (Podeh, Elie, author.) Frost Library; DS119.6 .P63 2015

Undeclared wars with Israel : East Germany and the West German far left, 1967-1989 (Herf, Jeffrey, 1947-, author.) Frost Library; DS119.8.G4 H47 2016

Transpacific studies : framing an emerging field Frost Library; DS12 .T76 2014

The history of ancient Israel : a guide for the perplexed (Davies, Philip R., author.) Frost Library; DS121 .D37 2015

Ben-Gurion : his later years in the political wilderness (Shilon, Avi, author.) Frost Library; DS125.3.B37 S5375 2016

A home for all Jews : citizenship, rights, and national identity in the new Israeli state (Rozin, Orit, author.) Frost Library; DS126.5 .R6913 2016

The impossibility of Palestine : history, geography, and the road ahead (Kamrava, Mehran, 1964-, author.) Frost Library; DS128.2 .K36 2016

Trouble in the tribe : the American Jewish conflict over Israel (Waxman, Dov, author.) Frost Library; DS132 .W39 2016

The Germans and the Holocaust : Popular Responses to the Persecution and Murder of the Jews Frost Library; DS134.25 .G46 2016

Kristallnacht, the night of broken glass : igniting the Nazi War against Jews (Fitzgerald, Stephanie.) Frost Library; DS134.255 F58 2008

Asylum (Scheyer, Moriz, 1886-1949, author.) Frost Library; DS135.A93 S3485 2016

Drawing the Holocaust : a teenager's memory of Terezin, Birkenau, and Mauthausen (Kraus, Michal, 1930-, author.) Frost Library; DS135.C97 K78513 2016

Writing Jewish culture : paradoxes in ethnography Frost Library; DS135.E83 W75 2016

Persecution and rescue : the politics of the "Final Solution" in France, 1940-1944 (Seibel, Wolfgang, 1953-) Frost Library; DS135.F83 S4413 2016

Flight and rescue (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.) Frost Library; DS135.L5 U68 2001 x

Identity of the diaspora : Jews in Asia Minor in the Roman imperial period (Stebnicka, Krystyna, author.) Frost Library; DS135.T8 S84 2015

Zionism without Zion (Alroey, Gur, author.) Frost Library; DS149 .A6782 2016

In the land of a thousand gods : a history of Asia Minor in the ancient world (Marek, Christian, 1950-, author.) Frost Library; DS155 .M3713 2016

Pergamon and the Hellenistic kingdoms of the ancient world Frost Library; DS156.P4 P47 2016

Oil and the Kurdish question : how democracies go to war in the era of late capitalism (Pelletiere, Stephen C., author.) Frost Library; DS318.85 .P456 2016

In the middle of the future (Plate, Tom, author.) Frost Library; DS35.2 .P56 2013

Minorities and the modern Arab world : new perspectives Frost Library; DS36.9.A1 M55 2016

Trading worlds : Afghan merchants across modern frontiers (Marsden, Magnus, author.) Frost Library; DS380.P8 M36 2016

The gender of caste : representing Dalits in print (Gupta, Charu, author.) Frost Library; DS422.C3 G864 2016

A history of India (Kulke, Hermann, author.) Frost Library; DS436 .K85 2016

Indian foreign policy : an overview (Pant, Harsh V., author.) Frost Library; DS449 .P363 2016

Malik Ambar : power and slavery across the Indian Ocean (Ali, Omar H. (Omar Hamid) author.) Frost Library; DS461.9.M25 A45 2016

The making of India : the untold story of British enterprise (Lalvani, Kartar, author.) Frost Library; DS463 .L36 2016

The Rays before Satyajit : creativity and modernity in colonial India (Sengoopta, Chandak, author.) Frost Library; DS485.B49 S46 2016

In the shadow of the Himalayas (White, J. Claude (John Claude), 1853-1918.) Frost Library; DS485.H6 W44 2005 xx

This divided island : stories from the Sri Lankan war (Subramanian, Samanth, author.) Frost Library; DS489.84 .S845 2015

Bonjūru, Japon : aoi me no mita bunmei kaika (Cotteau, Edmond, 1833-) Frost Library; DS507 .C67163 1992

Sea rovers, silver, and samurai : maritime East Asia in global history, 1550-1700 Frost Library; DS511 .S42 2016

The war between Russia and Japan (Halstead, Murat, 1829-1908.) Archives and Special Collections; DS517 .H2 1904

Japan's fight for freedom : the story of the war between Russia and Japan (Wilson, Herbert Wrigley, 1866-1940.) Frost Library; DS517 .W55 1904 x

The affect of difference : representations of race in East Asian empire Frost Library; DS518.45 .A34 2016

The Rohingyas : inside Myanmar's hidden genocide (Ibrahim, Azeem, author.) Frost Library; DS528.2.R64 I25 2016

Understanding reform in Myanmar : people and society in the wake of military rule (Lall, M. C. (Marie-Carine) author.) Frost Library; DS530.65 .L35 2016

Mapping Chinese Rangoon : place and nation among the Sino-Burmese (Roberts, Jayde Lin, author.) Frost Library; DS530.9.R3 R63 2016

Daughter of Venice : Caterina Corner, Queen of Cyprus and woman of the Renaissance (Hurlburt, Holly S., author.) Frost Library; DS54.63.C38 H87 2015

Aid Under Fire : Nation Building and the Vietnam War (Elkind, Jessica Breiteneicher, 1976-, author.) Frost Library; DS556.9 .E55 2016

Looking back on the Vietnam War : twenty-first-century perspectives Frost Library; DS557.7 .L66 2016

South Vietnamese soldiers : memories of the Vietnam War and after (Nguyen, Nathalie Huynh Chau, author.) Frost Library; DS559.5 .N584 2016

Nothing ever dies : Vietnam and the memory of war (Nguyen, Viet Thanh, 1971-, author.) Frost Library; DS559.8.S6 N48 2016

Rival Kurdish movements in Turkey : transforming ethnic conflict (Gurbuz, Mustafa Cagri, author.) Frost Library; DS59.K86 G873 2016

Field notes : the making of Middle East studies in the United States (Lockman, Zachary, author.) Frost Library; DS61.9.U6 L63 2016

A history of the modern Middle East : rulers, rebels, and rogues (Anderson, Betty S. (Betty Signe), 1965-, author.) Frost Library; DS62.4 .A63 2016

What the British did : two centuries in the Middle East (Mangold, Peter, author.) Frost Library; DS62.4 .M358 2016

Popular politics in the making of the modern Middle East (Chalcraft, John T., 1970-, author.) Frost Library; DS62.8 .C46 2016

Tribes and states in a changing Middle East Frost Library; DS63.123 .T75 2016

Fragile politics : weak states in the greater Middle East Frost Library; DS63.18 .F73 2016

Britain in the Middle East : 1619-1971 (Harrison, Robert T., author.) Frost Library; DS63.2.G7 H37 2016

Latin American revolutionaries and the Arab world : from the Suez Canal to the Arab Spring (Vélez, Federico, author.) Frost Library; DS63.2.L29 V45 2016

Conspiracy theory and American foreign policy (Aistrope, Tim, author.) Frost Library; DS63.2.U5 A658 2016

Us versus them : the United States, radical Islam, and the rise of the green threat (Little, Douglas, 1950-) Frost Library; DS63.2.U5 L59 2016

The Middle East, oil, and the U.S. national security policy (Snow, Donald M., 1943-, author.) Frost Library; DS63.2.U5 S596 2016

Being and becoming : embodiment and experience among the Orang Rimba of Sumatra (Elkholy, Ramsey, author.) Frost Library; DS632.K78 E55 2016

Islam, politics and change : the Indonesian experience after the fall of Suharto Frost Library; DS644.5 .I853 2016

Constructing destruction : heritage narratives in the tsunami city (Rico, Trinidad, author.) Frost Library; DS646.15.A8 R53 2016

Feeding Manila in peace and war, 1850-1945 (Doeppers, Daniel F., 1938-, author.) Frost Library; DS689.M2 D64 2016

China in old photographs, 1860-1910 (Beers, Burton F.) Frost Library; DS709 .B43 1978

China and its people in early photographs : an unabridged reprint of the classic 1873 (Thomson, J. (John), 1837-1921.) Frost Library; DS709 .T475 1982 x

"Ten thousand Chinese things" (Dunn, Nathan, 1782-1844.) Frost Library; DS714 .D92 2005

Uyghur Nation : Reform and Revolution on the Russia-China Frontier (Brophy, David John, author.) Frost Library; DS731.U4 B76 2016

The Cambridge history of China Frost Library; DS735 .C3145

Middle kingdom and empire of the rising sun : Sino-Japanese relations, past and present (Dreyer, June Teufel, 1939-, author.) Frost Library; DS740.5.J3 D74 2016

Ming China and Vietnam : Negotiating Borders in Early Modern Asia (Baldanza, Kathlene, author.) Frost Library; DS740.5.V5 B35 2016

Celestial women : imperial wives and concubines in China from Song to Qing (McMahon, Keith, author.) Frost Library; DS750.78 .M35 2016

De Verboden Stad Frost Library; DS754.14 .V47 1990

An illustrated history of China's war of resistance against Japan (Zhang, Chengjun.) Frost Library; DS777.53 .Z45 1995 x

The cultural revolution : a people's history, 1962-1976 (Dikötter, Frank, author.) Frost Library; DS778.7 .D55 2016

China's crisis behavior : political survival and foreign policy after the Cold War (He, Kai, 1973-) Frost Library; DS779.26 .H45 2016

Paradoxes of post-Mao rural reform : initial steps toward a new Chinese countryside, 1976-1981 (Teiwes, Frederick C., author.) Frost Library; DS779.26 .T395 2016

China in the era of Xi Jinping : domestic and foreign policy challenges Frost Library; DS779.36 .C47 2016

Diaspora and trust : Cuba, Mexico, and the rise of China (Hearn, Adrian H., 1975-, author.) Frost Library; DS779.47 .H44 2016

The Mirror Test : America at War in Iraq and Afghanistan (Weston, J. Kael, author.) Frost Library; DS79.76 .W464 2016

Consequence : a memoir (Fair, Eric, author.) Frost Library; DS79.76.F338 A3 2016

Confronting al Qaeda : the Sunni awakening and American strategy in al Anbar (Cottam, Martha L., author.) Frost Library; DS79.764.A63 C68 2016

Oil and water : being Han in Xinjiang (Cliff, Tom, author.) Frost Library; DS793.S62 C55 2016

Beijing : from imperial capital to Olympic city (Li, Lillian M., 1943-) Frost Library; DS795.3 .L512 2008

The Red Guard generation and political activism in China (Yang, Guobin.) Frost Library; DS796.C59257 Y36 2016

Hong Kong illustrated : views and news, 1840-1890 Frost Library; DS796.H757 H654 1981 x

Shanghai bai nian lue ying, 1840s-1940s = Survey of Shanghai from 1840s-1940s Frost Library; DS796.S2 S4828 1992 x

Shanghai li shi shang de Suzhou He = A history of Suzhou Creek, Shanghai (Zheng, Zu'an. 郑祖安.) Frost Library; DS796.S243 Z45 2006 x

Shanghai girl gets all dressed up (Jackson, Beverley, 1928-) Frost Library; DS796.S257 J33 2005 x

Lao Shanghai = Shanghai in old days. Frost Library; DS796.S257 L355 1998 x

Accidental state : Chiang Kai-shek, the United States, and the making of Taiwan (Lin, Hsiao-ting, author.) Frost Library; DS799.816 .L55 2016

F. Beato bakumatsu Nihon shashinshū (Beato, Felice, 1832-1909.) Frost Library; DS809 .B42 1987

Japan, photographs, 1854-1905 Frost Library; DS809 .J4 1979 x

Shashin de miru bakumatsu Meiji Frost Library; DS809 .S425 2000

Holy foolery in the life of Japan : a historical overview (Higuchi, Kazunori, 1959- Higuchi, Kazunori, 1959-) Frost Library; DS821 .H4213 2015

Gaijin no mita bakumatsu Meiji shoki Nihon zue (Ikeda, Masatoshi, 1920- 池田政敏, 1920-) Frost Library; DS821 .I43

Meiji Taishō zushi Frost Library; DS822.3 .M397 x

Hān Mōsu Gurifisu no Nihon (Rosenstone, Robert A.) Frost Library; DS822.3 .R67163 1999

Sekai man'yūkatachi no Nippon : nikki to ryokōki to gaidobukku Frost Library; DS822.3 .S35 1996 x