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.
  • JSTOR
    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.

Shen Bao
The complete collection of all issues of Shen Bao, from the newspaper’s founding in 1872 to 1949. Containing more than 2 million articles, the database is full-text searchable and contains the full-image of each page.

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.

Settling Hebron : Jewish fundamentalism in a Palestinian city (Neuman, Tamara, author.) Frost Library; DS110.H4 N48 2018

The limits of the land : how the struggle for the West Bank shaped the Arab-Israeli conflict (Rubin, Avshalom, author.) Frost Library; DS110.W47 R835 2017

Israel in the American mind : the cultural politics of US-Israeli relations, 1958-1988 (Mitelpunkt, Shaul, 1982-, author.) Frost Library; DS119.8.U6 M58 2018

Shifting images of the Hasmoneans (Noʻam, Ṿered, author.) Frost Library; DS121.7 .N63 2018

In search of Israel : the history of an idea (Brenner, Michael, 1964-, author.) Frost Library; DS125.5 .B7413 2018

A history of Jews in Germany since 1945 : politics, culture, and society (Brenner, Michael, author, editor.) Frost Library; DS134.26 .B73513 2018

The road to September 1939 : Polish Jews, Zionists, and the Yishuv on the eve of World War II (Reinharz, Jehuda, author.) Frost Library; DS134.55 .S4313 2018

On the Mediterranean and the Nile : the Jews of Egypt (Israel-Pelletier, Aimée, author.) Frost Library; DS135.E4 I87 2018

Provence-Auschwitz : de l'internement des étrangers à la déportation des Juifs, 1939-1944 Frost Library; DS135.F85 P768 2007

Italy's Jews : from emancipation to Fascism (Klein, Shira, 1981-, author.) Frost Library; DS135.I8 K54 2018

Pogrom : Kishinev and the tilt of history (Zipperstein, Steven J., 1950-, author.) Frost Library; DS135.M64 Z57 2018

Viele falsche Hoffnungen : Judenverfolgung in den Niederlanden 1940-1945 (Happe, Katja, author.) Frost Library; DS135.N4 H37 2017

The phenomenon of Anne Frank (Barnouw, David, author.) Frost Library; DS135.N6 F7319413 2018

Holocaust public memory in postcommunist Romania Frost Library; DS135.R7 H645 2018

Globalizing race : antisemitism and empire in French and European culture (Bell, Dorian, author.) Frost Library; DS146.F8 B35 2018

(((Semitism))) : being Jewish in America in the age of Trump (Weisman, Jonathan, author.) Frost Library; DS146.U6 W45 2018

God's country : Christian Zionism in America (Goldman, Samuel, author.) Frost Library; DS150.5 .G64 2018

Cities of the Apocalypse (Jastrzębowska, Elżbieta, author.) Frost Library; DS155 .J37 2017

The Mongols and the West, 1221-1410 (Jackson, Peter, 1948 January 27-, author.) Frost Library; DS19 .J32 2018

A short history of the Mongols (Lane, George, 1952-, author.) Frost Library; DS19 .L365 2018

The emergence of the Gulf States : studies in modern history Frost Library; DS247.A135 E54 2016

Iran and the West : cultural perceptions from the Sasanian Empire to the Islamic Republic Frost Library; DS274.2.U6 I73 2018

The future of Iran's past : Nizam al-Mulk remembered (Yavari, Neguin, author.) Frost Library; DS288.8 .Y38 2018

The Lion of Persia : a political biography of Prince Farmān-Farmā (Ittiḥādīyah, Manṣūrah, author. اتحاديه، منصوره.) Frost Library; DS316.F364 I88 2012

Volatile state : Iran in the nuclear age (Oualaalou, David S., author.) Frost Library; DS318.9 .O83 2018

Silk, slaves, and stupas : material culture of the Silk Road (Whitfield, Susan, 1960-, author.) Frost Library; DS33.1 .W46 2018

China's Asia : triangular dynamics since the Cold War (Dittmer, Lowell, author.) Frost Library; DS33.4.C5 D58 2018

Asia after Versailles Frost Library; DS35 .A815 2017

Romance and reason : Islamic transformations of the classical past Frost Library; DS36.82.G7 R66 2018

The Works of Ibn Wāḍiḥ al-Yaʻqūbı̄ : an English translation (Yaʻqūbī, Aḥmad ibn Abī Yaʻqūb, -897?, author.) Frost Library; DS36.855 .Y68 2018

Sea of the caliphs : the Mediterranean in the medieval Islamic world (Picard, Christophe, author.) Frost Library; DS37.8 .P52813 2018

Generation AK : the Afghanistan wars 1993-2012 (Dupont, Stephen, photographer, author.) Archives and Special Collections; DS371.3 .D863 2015 x

Generation AK : the Afghanistan wars 1993-2012 (Dupont, Stephen, photographer, author.) Frost Library; DS371.3 .D863 2015 x

Directorate S : the C.I.A. and America's secret wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan (Coll, Steve, author.) Frost Library; DS371.412 .C64 2018

Howard Baskerville (Shafaq, Riz̤āʹzādah, 1892 or 1893-) Frost Library; DS373 .S53 2008

Crimson papers : reflections on struggle, suffering, and creativity in Pakistan (Khalique, Harris, author.) Frost Library; DS379 .K43 2017

Imagining Pakistan : modernism, state, and the politics of Islamic revival (Rais, Rasul Bux, author.) Frost Library; DS383.5.A2 R35 2017

Ground down by growth : tribe, caste, class and inequality in twenty-first-century India (Shah, Alpa, 1976-, author.) Frost Library; DS422.C3 S434 2018

India and its visual cultures : community, class and gender in a symbolic landscape Frost Library; DS428.2 .I525 2018

Bangladeshi migrants in India : foreigners, refugees, or infiltrators? (Shamshad, Rizwana, author.) Frost Library; DS432.B34 S53 2017

The Fall of Gods : Memory, Kinship, and Middle Classes in South India (Gallo, Ester., author.) Frost Library; DS432.N354 G35 2017

India, China, and the world : a connected history (Sen, Tansen, 1967-, author.) Frost Library; DS450.C5 S43 2017

China's India war : collision course on the roof of the world (Lintner, Bertil, author.) Frost Library; DS480.85 .L56 2018

An autobiography or The story of my experiments with truth (Gandhi, Mahatma, 1869-1948, author.) Frost Library; DS481.G3 A3 2018

Comrades against imperialism : Nehru, India, and interwar internationalism (Louro, Michele L., 1977-, author.) Frost Library; DS481.N35 L68 2018

Burden of history : Assam and the partition – unresolved issues (Misra, Udayon, 1945-, author.) Frost Library; DS485.A88 M57 2017

Resisting occupation in Kashmir Frost Library; DS485.K27 R47 2018

From the ashes of 1947 : reimagining Punjab (Virdee, Pippa, 1972-, author.) Frost Library; DS485.P87 V93 2018

Delhi in transition, 1821 and beyond : Mirza Sangin Beg's Sair-ul Manazil (Mirzā Sangīn Bayg, active 1818-1820, author.) Frost Library; DS486.D3 M5513 2018

Sri Lanka at the crossroads of history Frost Library; DS489.5 .S75 2017

Wars and rumours of war, 1918-1945 Frost Library; DS518 .W37 2017

Oral history in Southeast Asia : memories and fragments Frost Library; DS524.4 .O73 2013

China, the United States, and the future of Southeast Asia Frost Library; DS525.9.C5 C45 2017

High-speed empire : Chinese expansion and the future of Southeast Asia (Doig, Will, author.) Frost Library; DS525.9.C5 D65 2018

Southeast Asia's Cold War : an interpretive history (Ang, Cheng Guan, author.) Frost Library; DS526.7 .A5754 2018

Monarchical manipulation in Cambodia : France, Japan, and the Sihanouk crusade for independence (Gunn, Geoffrey C., author.) Frost Library; DS554.8 .G86 2018

A war remembered : the Vietnam War Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library (Updegrove, Mark K., author.) Frost Library; DS557.3 .U63 2017

Soldiering through empire : race and the making of the decolonizing Pacific (Man, Simeon, author.) Frost Library; DS558 .M33 2018

The psychological war for Vietnam, 1960-1968 (Roberts, Mervyn Edwin, III author.) Frost Library; DS559.8.P7 R63 2018

Becoming Arab : Creole histories and modern identity in the Malay world (Mandal, Sumit Kumar, author.) Frost Library; DS595.2.M35 M36 2018

Eternal vigilance : the price of freedom : based on the Chinese book Ju an si wei Frost Library; DS610.55 .J82313 2006

Making the Arab world : Nasser, Qutb, and the clash that shaped the Middle East (Gerges, Fawaz A., 1958-, author.) Frost Library; DS63.1 .G47 2018

The red star and the crescent : China and the Middle East Frost Library; DS63.2.C5 R43 2018

State and society in the Philippines (Abinales, P. N., author.) Frost Library; DS672.8 .A25 2017

Knowledge and pacification : on the U.S. conquest and the writing of Philippine history (Ileto, Reynaldo Clemeña, author.) Frost Library; DS682 .A184 2017

China's geography : globalization and the dynamics of political, economic, and social change Frost Library; DS706 .C51138 2016

A Chinese bestiary Frost Library; DS707 .S4713 2018

Thirteen months in China (Gadādharasiṃha, 1869-1920, author.) Frost Library; DS709 .G25 2017

Ethnic China : identity, assimilation, and resistance Frost Library; DS730 .E84 2015

What is China? : territory, ethnicity, culture, and history (Ge, Zhaoguang, 1950- author. 葛兆光, 1950- author.) Frost Library; DS735 .G44913 2018

The open empire : a history of China to 1800 (Hansen, Valerie, 1958-) Frost Library; DS735 .H25 2015

Shikōtei to dai heibayō : tokubetsuten = The great terracotta army of China's first emperor Frost Library; DS747.5 .S55 2015

China's philological turn : scholars, textualism, and the Dao in the eighteenth century (Sela, Ori, 1972-, author.) Frost Library; DS754.14 .S45 2018

The politics of rights and the 1911 Revolution in China (Zheng, Xiaowei, 1978-, author.) Frost Library; DS773.55.S54 Z47 2018

China at war : triumph and tragedy in the emergence of the new China (Van de Ven, Hans J., author.) Frost Library; DS777.519 .V36 2018

Blood letters : the untold story of Lin Zhao, a martyr in Mao's China (Lian, Xi, author.) Frost Library; DS778.L47655 L53 2018

Will China's rise be peaceful? : security, stability and legitimacy Frost Library; DS779.47 .W55 2018

The last girl : my story of captivity, and my fight against the Islamic State (Murad, Nadia, author.) Frost Library; DS79.766.M865 A3 2017

U.S. military detention operations in post-Abu Ghraib Iraq (Meriwether, Jeffrey, author.) Frost Library; DS79.767.D38 M47 2018

Patriotic ayatollahs : nationalism in post-Saddam Iraq (Sayej, Caroleen Marji, 1975-, author.) Frost Library; DS79.769 .S29 2018

Building New China, Colonizing Kokonor : Resettlement to Qinghai in the 1950s (Rohlf, Gregory, author.) Frost Library; DS793.T7 R65 2016

A concise history of Hong Kong (Carroll, John M. (John Mark), 1961-) Frost Library; DS796.H757 C37 2007

From a British to a Chinese colony? Hong Kong before and after the 1997 handover Frost Library; DS796.H757 F75 2017

Wartime culture in Guilin, 1938-1944 : a city at war (Zhu, Pingchao.) Frost Library; DS797.33.G857 Z49 2015

The dawn of Tibet : the ancient civilization on the roof of the world (Bellezza, John Vincent.) Frost Library; DS797.82.N437 B448 2014

Introducing Japanese popular culture Frost Library; DS822.5 .I588 2018

Shōtoku Taishi to Ikaruga sanji (Senda, Minoru, 1942- author. 千田稔, 1942- author.) Frost Library; DS852.S4 S53176 2016

Mura no naka no kodaishi Frost Library; DS855 .M8656 2000

Akutō and rural conflict in medieval Japan (Oxenboell, Morten, author.) Frost Library; DS859 .O89 2018

The forty-seven rōnin : the vendetta in history (Tucker, John Allen, author.) Frost Library; DS873 .T83 2018

Rethinking Japan : the politics of contested nationalism (Stockwin, J. A. A. (James Arthur Ainscow) author.) Frost Library; DS891 .S76 2017

Gunkanjima no seikatsu "1952 Frost Library; DS894.99.N339 G865 2015

Rethinking postwar Okinawa : beyond American occupation Frost Library; DS894.99.O3785 R47 2017

Tokyo : memory, imagination, and the city Frost Library; DS896.5 .T65 2018

Ginza ni wa naze chōkōsō biru ga nai no ka : machi ga tsukutta chiiki no rūru (Takezawa, Eriko, 1959- author. 竹沢えり子, 1959- author.) Frost Library; DS896.7.G5 T35 2013

Resurrecting Nagasaki : reconstruction and the formation of atomic narratives (Diehl, Chad, author.) Frost Library; DS897.N2957 D54 2018

Reconstructing ancient Korean history : the formation of Korean-ness in the shadow of history (Xu, Stella, author.) Frost Library; DS911.19 .X8 2016

The Korean war in Asia : a hidden history Frost Library; DS921.5.S63 K67 2018

Seoul : memory, reinvention, and the Korean wave (King, Ross, author.) Frost Library; DS925.S457 K59 2018

A critical edition of the grammatical treatise Mizan al-'arabiyya by Ibn al-'Anbari (d. 577 (Sadan, Arik, author.) Frost Library; PJ6101 .I26 2018