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 two 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)

For more databases, use the subject filter on A-Z Databases

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.

American presidents and Jerusalem (Talhami, Ghada Hashem, author.) Frost Library; DS109 .T35 2017

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

Women of the Wall : navigating religion in sacred sites (Jobani, Yuval, author.) Frost Library; DS109.32.W47 J63 2017

Medieval Jerusalem : forging an Islamic city in spaces sacred to Christians and Jews (Lassner, Jacob, author.) Frost Library; DS109.916 .L37 2017

Archaeology, history, and culture in Palestine and the Near East Frost Library; DS111 .A75 1999

Brothers apart : Palestinian citizens of Israel and the Arab world (Nassar, Maha, author.) Frost Library; DS113.7 .N378 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

Revolution until victory: we are the Palestinian people Frost Library; DS119.7 .R48

Where the line is drawn (Shehadeh, Raja, 1951-, author.) Frost Library; DS119.7 .S38192 2017

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

Gaza under Hamas : from Islamic democracy to Islamist governance (Brenner, Björn, author.) Frost Library; DS119.76 .B742 2017

Kingdom of olives and ash : writers confront the occupation Frost Library; DS119.76 .K469 2017

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

The Hebrew republic : Israel's return to history (Shindler, Colin, 1946-, author.) Frost Library; DS126.5 .S45193 2017

The Netanyahu years (Kaspit, Ben, author.) Frost Library; DS126.6.N48 K3613 2017

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

On the margins : essays on the history of Jews in Estonia (Weiss-Wendt, Anton, 1973-, author.) Frost Library; DS135.E73 W46 2017

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

Self-portrait of a Holocaust survivor (Weinberg, Werner, author.) Frost Library; DS135.G5 W435 2017

Maimonides and the merchants : Jewish law and society in the medieval Islamic world (Cohen, Mark R., 1943-, author.) Frost Library; DS135.L4 C65 2017

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

We are Jews again : Jewish activism in the Soviet Union (Kosharovskiĭ, I︠U︡liĭ, author.) Frost Library; DS149.5.S6 K68 2017

Glubb Pasha and the Arab Legion : Britain, Jordan and the end of empire in the Middle East (Jevon, Graham, author.) Frost Library; DS154.13 .J48 2017

Daily life in the abyss : genocide diaries, 1915-1918 (Tachjian, Vahé, author.) Frost Library; DS195.5 .T223 2017

Qatar : a modern history (Fromherz, Allen James, author.) Frost Library; DS247.Q35 F76 2017

Beyond the Arab cold war : the international history of the Yemen civil war, 1962-68 (Orkaby, Asher, author.) Frost Library; DS247.Y45 O75 2017

American coup Frost Library; DS318.6 .A44

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

The modern Middle East and North Africa : a history in documents (Clancy-Smith, Julia Ann, author.) Frost Library; DS37.7 .C53 2014

Whispers of war : an Afghan freedom fighter's account of the Soviet invasion (Khalili, Masood, 1950-) Frost Library; DS371.2 .K477 2017

Fatima Jinnah : Mother of the Nation (Pirbhai, M. Reza, author.) Frost Library; DS385.J49 P57 2017

Ants among elephants : an untouchable family and the making of modern India (Gidla, Sujatha, 1963-, author.) Frost Library; DS422.C3 G54 2017

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

Rising India : Status and Power (Basrur, Rajesh M., author.) Frost Library; DS449 .B37 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

Dadabhai Naoroji : selected private papers (Naoroji, Dadabhai, 1825-1917, correspondent.) Frost Library; DS475.2.N354 A4 2016

Gentlemanly terrorists : political violence and the colonial state in India, 1919-1947 (Ghosh, Durba, 1967-, author.) Frost Library; DS480.45 .G4526 2017

The Great Partition : the making of India and Pakistan (Khan, Yasmin, 1977-, author.) Frost Library; DS480.842 .K49 2017

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

Turkish national identity and its outsiders : memories of state violence in Dersim (Goner, Ozlem, author.) Frost Library; DS51.T85 G67 2017

Ambivalent engagement (Liow, Joseph Chinyong, 1972-, author.) Frost Library; DS525.9.U6 L56 2017

The Vietnam War Frost Library; DS557.7 .V54

The Vietnam War : an intimate history (Ward, Geoffrey C., author.) Frost Library; DS557.7 .W368 2017

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

My Lai : Vietnam, 1968, and the descent into darkness (Jones, Howard, 1940-, author.) Frost Library; DS557.8.M9 J77 2017

Destroy and build : pacification in Phuoc Thuy, 1966-72 (Richardson, Thomas (Writer on Australian Army) author.) Frost Library; DS558.6.A8 R53 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

Caring for strangers : Filipino medical workers in Asia (Amrith, Megha, author.) Frost Library; DS610.25 .F55 2017

The Near East : a cultural history (Cotterell, Arthur, author.) Frost Library; DS62 .C665 2017

Protests and generations Frost Library; DS63.123 .P76 2017

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

The end of silence : accounts of the 1965 genocide in Indonesia (Marching, Soe Tjen, author.) Frost Library; DS644.32 .M37 2017

Filipinas everywhere : essays in criticism and cultural studies from a Filipino perspective (San Juan, E. (Epifanio), 1938-, author.) Frost Library; DS686.614 .S28 2017

The Cambridge illustrated history of China (Ebrey, Patricia Buckley, 1947-, author.) Frost Library; DS706 .E37 2010

History, texts and art in early Babylonia : three essays (Steinkeller, Piotr, author.) Frost Library; DS71 .S86 2017

Forget Chineseness : on the geopolitics of cultural identification (Chun, Allen John Uck Lun, 1952-, author.) Frost Library; DS732 .C595 2017

Out of China : how the Chinese ended the era of western domination (Bickers, Robert A., author.) Frost Library; DS775.8 .B53 2017

The rhetoric of Mao Zedong : transforming China and its people (Lu, Xing, 1956-, author.) Frost Library; DS778.M3 L833 2017

Letters from Abu Ghraib (Casteel, Joshua, author.) Frost Library; DS79.76 .C376 2017

A short history of the Phoenicians (Woolmer, Mark.) Frost Library; DS81 .W66 2017

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

Japan-China relations in the modern era Frost Library; DS849.C6 N51913 2017

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

Watashi no Hōryūji (Naoki, Kōjirō, 1919- 直木孝次郎, 1919-) Frost Library; DS894.69.N365 N36 1979

Ōme Kaidō (Nakanishi, Keiji. 中西慶爾.) Frost Library; DS896.35 .N356 1982

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

Middle Arabic and mixed Arabic : diachrony and synchrony Frost Library; PJ6709 .M53 2012

Functions of code switching in Egypt : evidence from monologues (Bassiouney, Reem, 1973-) Frost Library; PJ6773 .B37 2006

The unmaking of the Arab intellectual : prophecy, exile and the nation (Halabi, Zeina G., author.) Frost Library; PJ7517 .H33 2017

Lighthouse for the drowning : poems (Fakhr al-Dīn, Jawdat, author.) Frost Library; PJ7824.A363 A2 2017

A new literary history of modern China Frost Library; PL2258 .N49 2017

The Thiri Rama : finding Ramayana in Myanmar Frost Library; PL3988.Y33 E54 2017

Let's speak Vietnamese : an introduction to contemporary Vietnamese (Lê, Phạm Thúy-Kim, author.) Frost Library; PL4373 .L43 2013

Vengeance is mine, all others pay cash (Kurniawan, Eka, 1975-, author.) Frost Library; PL5089.K78 S4713 2017

Chinese literary forms in Heian Japan : poetics and practice (Steininger, Brian, author.) Frost Library; PL719.81 .S74 2017

Man'yōshū o yomu (Sasaki, Yukitsuna, 1938- 佐佐木幸綱, 1938-) Frost Library; PL728.15 .S36 1998

Zōho kodai waka (Gomi, Tomohide, 1908- 五味智英, 1908-) Frost Library; PL728.81185 .G66 1987