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.

La vie quotidienne à Jérusalem au crépuscule de l'époque ottomane (Lonni, Ada, 1951-, author.) Frost Library; DS109.925 .L6814 2014

Governance and security in Jerusalem : the Jerusalem Old City Initiative Frost Library; DS109.95 .G68 2018

The settlers Frost Library; DS110.W47 S46

Between exile and exodus : Argentinian Jewish immigration to Israel, 1948-1967 (Klor, Sebastian, author.) Frost Library; DS113.8.A72 K56 2017

Impossible exodus : Iraqi Jews in Israel (Bashkin, Orit, 1974-, author.) Frost Library; DS113.8.I72 B37 2017

In pursuit of peace in Israel and Palestine (Baskin, Gershon, author.) Frost Library; DS119.7 .B2918 2017

The Great War and the remaking of Palestine (Tamārī, Salīm, author.) Frost Library; DS125 .T29 2017

How long will Israel survive? : the threat from within (Carlstrom, Gregg, author.) Frost Library; DS126.5 .C285 2017

The last Palestinian : the rise and reign of Mahmoud Abbas (Rumley, Grant, 1988-, author.) Frost Library; DS126.6.A24 R86 2017

Lioness : Golda Meir and the nation of Israel (Klagsbrun, Francine, author.) Frost Library; DS126.6.M42 K53 2017

Two sides of the coin (Golani, Moṭi גולני, מוטי.) Frost Library; DS126.985 .T96 2011

Censored voices Frost Library; DS127.7 .C46

"What! Still alive?!" : Jewish survivors in Poland and Israel remember homecoming (Rice, Monika, author.) Frost Library; DS134.55 .R53 2017

Coming of age in medieval Egypt : female adolescence, Jewish law, and ordinary culture (Krakowski, Eve, 1978-, author.) Frost Library; DS135.E4 K63 2018

Revolutionary Yiddishland : a history of Jewish radicalism (Brossat, Alain, author.) Frost Library; DS135.E8 B7613 2016

The end of Jewish modernity (Traverso, Enzo, author.) Frost Library; DS135.E83 T7213 2016

Money, Power, and Influence in Eighteenth-Century Lithuania : the Jews on the Radziwill estates (Teller, Adam, author.) Frost Library; DS135.L5 T4513 2016

Medical imperialism in French North Africa : regenerating the Jewish community of colonial Tunis (Parks, Richard C., author.) Frost Library; DS135.T72 T867 2017

Feeling Jewish : (a book for just about anyone) (Baum, Devorah, author.) Frost Library; DS143 .B285 2017

Subalterne Positionierungen (Vogt, Stefan, 1968-, author.) Frost Library; DS149.5.G3 V64 2016

Jabotinsky's children : Polish Jews and the rise of right-wing Zionism (Heller, Daniel Kupfert, author.) Frost Library; DS150.R6 P65 2017

Personal narrative of a pilgrimage to al-Madinah & Meccah (Burton, Richard Francis, Sir, 1821-1890, author.) Frost Library; DS207 .B964 1964

Yemen endures : civil war, Saudi adventurism and the future of Arabia (Hill, Ginny, author.) Frost Library; DS247.Y48 H55 2017

Iran : a modern history (Amanat, Abbas.) Frost Library; DS292 .A54 2017

Montazeri : the life and thought of Iran's revolutionary Ayatollah (Siavoshi, Sussan, author.) Frost Library; DS318.84.M85 S53 2017

Treasures from the Oxus : the art and civilization of Central Asia (Vidale, Massimo, author.) Frost Library; DS328 .V53 2017 x

Warriors of the Steppe : a military history of Central Asia, 500 B.C. to 1700 A.D. (Hildinger, Erik.) Frost Library; DS329.4 .H56 2001

Adaptive reuse : aspects of creativity in South Asian cultural history Frost Library; DS339 .A33 2017

Muhammad's heirs : the rise of Muslim scholarly communities, 622-950 (Brockopp, Jonathan E., 1962-, author.) Frost Library; DS36.855 .B76 2017

Shooting ghosts : a U.S. Marine, a combat photographer, and their journey back from war (Brennan, Thomas J. (Thomas James), author.) Frost Library; DS371.413 .B74 2017

In the warlords' shadow (Green, Daniel R., author.) Frost Library; DS371.413 .G739 2017

The Ottomans and the Mamluks : imperial diplomacy and warfare in the Islamic world (Muslu, Cihan Yüksel, author.) Frost Library; DS38.7 .M865 2017

Gandhi against caste (Kolge, Nishikant, author.) Frost Library; DS422.C3 K65 2017

Transaction and hierarchy : elements for a theory of caste (Tambs-Lyche, Harald, author.) Frost Library; DS422.C3 T338 2018

Anglo-Indian women in transition : pride, prejudice and predicament (Sen, Sudarshana, author.) Frost Library; DS432.A55 S83 2017

Recasting folk in the Himalayas : Indian music, media, and social mobility (Fiol, Stefan Patrick, author.) Frost Library; DS432.N46 F56 2017

Living without the dead : loss and redemption in a jungle cosmos (Vitebsky, Piers, author.) Frost Library; DS432.S37 V58 2017

Dancing to the state : ethnic compulsions of the Tangsa in Assam (Barkataki-Ruscheweyh, Meenaxi, 1965-, author.) Frost Library; DS432.T33 B37 2017

My Enemy's Enemy : India in Afghanistan from the Soviet Invasion to the US Withdrawal (Paliwal, Avinash, author.) Frost Library; DS450.A3 P355 2017

India turns east : international engagement and US-China rivalry (Grare, Frédéric, author.) Frost Library; DS450.C6 G73 2017

Political violence in ancient India (Singh, Upinder, author.) Frost Library; DS451 .S5698 2017

A republic in the making : India in the 1950s (Kudaisya, Gyanesh, author.) Frost Library; DS480.84 .K83 2017

Mini-India : the politics of migration and subalternity in the Andaman Islands (Zehmisch, Philipp, author.) Frost Library; DS486.5.A5 Z45 2017

Russian orthodoxy and the Russo-Japanese War (Perabo, Betsy C., author.) Frost Library; DS517.9 .P47 2017

The Cold War in East Asia (Li, Xiaobing, 1954-, author.) Frost Library; DS518.1 .L488 2018

Russia and its northeast Asian neighbors : China, Japan, and Korea, 1858-1945 Frost Library; DS518.9.R8 R87 2017

From rice fields to killing fields : nature, life, and labor under the Khmer Rouge (Tyner, James A., 1966-, author.) Frost Library; DS554.8 .T95 2017

Finding the Dragon Lady : the mystery of Vietnam's Madame Nhu (Demery, Monique Brinson, 1976-, author.) Frost Library; DS556.93.T676 D46 2013

Everyman in Vietnam : a soldier's journey into the quagmire (Adas, Michael, 1943-, author.) Frost Library; DS557.7 .A435 2018

The Vietnam War Frost Library; DS557.7 .V54

Withdrawal : reassessing America's final years in Vietnam (Daddis, Gregory A., 1967-, author.) Frost Library; DS558.2 .D345 2017

Year in Nam : a Native American soldier's story (TeCube, Leroy, 1947-) Archives and Special Collections; DS559.5 .T43 1999

Ship of fate : memoir of a Vietnamese repatriate (Trà̂n, Đình Trụ, 1935- author.) Frost Library; DS559.5 .T713 2017

Race, gender, and religion in the Vietnamese diaspora : the new chosen people (Ninh, Thien-Huong T., author.) Frost Library; DS559.912 .N56 2017

Thailand : shifting ground between the US and a rising China (Zawacki, Benjamin, author.) Frost Library; DS586 .Z39 2017

Being Kurdish in a hostile world (Nuri, Ayub, author.) Frost Library; DS59.K86 N87 2017

The dialectics of Orientalism in early modern Europe Frost Library; DS61.85 .D53 2018

The Middle East and the making of the modern world (Schayegh, Cyrus, author.) Frost Library; DS62.4 .S33 2017

The new Middle East : what everyone needs to know (Gelvin, James L., 1951-, author.) Frost Library; DS63.123 .G45 2018

Realism and democracy : American foreign policy after the Arab Spring (Abrams, Elliott, 1948-, author.) Frost Library; DS63.2.U5 A357 2017

The work of mothering : globalization and the Filipino diaspora (Suarez, Harrod J., 1970-) Frost Library; DS665 .S83 2017

Tourism and prosperity in Miao land : power and inequality in rural ethnic China (Feng, Xianghong, author.) Frost Library; DS731.M5 F46 2017

The end of concern : Maoist China, activism, and Asian studies (Lanza, Fabio, 1967-, author.) Frost Library; DS734.97.U6 L35 2017

Chinese visions of world order : tianxia, culture, and world politics Frost Library; DS740.4 .C354549 2017

Red at heart : how Chinese communists fell in love with the Russian Revolution (McGuire, Elizabeth, author.) Frost Library; DS740.5.S65 M38 2018

The art of being governed : everyday politics in late imperial China (Szonyi, Michael, author.) Frost Library; DS753.2 .S96 2017

Speaking of profit : Bao Shichen and reform in nineteenth-century China (Rowe, William T., author.) Frost Library; DS755 .R69 2018

Reading revolution : art and literacy during China's Cultural Revolution (Purtle, Jennifer, 1966-, author, organizer.) Frost Library; DS778.7 P87 2016

Illusions of victory : the Anbar awakening and the rise of the Islamic State (Malkasian, Carter, 1975-, author.) Frost Library; DS79.76 .M3564 2017

The destruction of cultural property as a weapon of war : ISIS in Syria and Iraq (Turku, Helga, author.) Frost Library; DS79.767.C85 T87 2018

The world in Guangzhou : Africans and other foreigners in south China's global marketplace (Mathews, Gordon, author.) Frost Library; DS797.32.G836 M384 2017

Divided fates : the state, race, and Korean immigrants' adaptation in Japan and the United States (Suzuki, Kazuko, 1967-) Frost Library; DS832.7.K6 S89 2016

To stand with the nations of the world : Japan's Meiji Restoration in world history (Ravina, Mark, 1961-, author.) Frost Library; DS882 .R38 2017

Ennobling Japan's savage Northeast : Tōhoku as postwar thought, 1945-2011 (Hopson, Nathan, 1976-, author.) Frost Library; DS894.385 .H67 2017

The Routledge handbook of Korean culture and society Frost Library; DS904 .R68 2017

Ginseng and borderland (Kim, Seonmin, 1971-, author.) Frost Library; DS913.37 .K55 2017

Youth for nation : culture and protest in Cold War South Korea (Kim, Charles R., 1974-, author.) Frost Library; DS917.77 .K55 2017

King of spies : the dark reign of America's spymaster in Korea (Harden, Blaine, author.) Frost Library; DS921.5.S8 N534 2017

Literary autobiography and Arab national struggles (Abdel Nasser, Tahia Khaled, author.) Frost Library; PJ307 .N37 2017

Women's writing of ancient Mesopotamia : an anthology of the earliest female authors Frost Library; PJ3725 .W66 2018

The other Middle East : an anthology of modern Levantine literature (Salameh, Franck, 1962-, author, compiler, translator.) Frost Library; PJ409 .S25 2017

An Egyptian novel (Castel-Bloom, Orly, 1960-, author.) Frost Library; PJ5054.C37 R6613 2015

Silent letter (Meʼir, Yitsḥaḳ.) Frost Library; PJ5054.M35436 I8413 2017

Three floors up (Nevo, Eshkol, author.) Frost Library; PJ5055.35.E92 S5313 2017

Judgment : a novel (Bergelson, David, 1884-1952, author.) Frost Library; PJ5129.B45 M513 2017

The Routledge handbook of Arabic linguistics Frost Library; PJ6073 .R68 2017

Syrian colloquial Arabic : a functional course (Liddicoat, Mary-Jane, 1965-) Frost Library; PJ6779 .L533 2011

Edward Said's concept of exile : identity and cultural migration in the Middle East (Sazzad, Rehnuma, author.) Frost Library; PJ7519.E92 S39 2017

Modern Arabic literature : a theoretical framework (Snir, R. (Reuven) author.) Frost Library; PJ7538 .S654 2017

All the battles : a novel (Abū Ṭālib, Maʻn author. أبو طالب، معن.) Frost Library; PJ7908.T35 K8513 2017

Teaching and learning Chinese in higher education : theoretical and practical issues Frost Library; PL1065 .L48345 2017

An Mo = Emma (Chen, Shishuang, adapter.) Frost Library; PL1113.M361 A652 2017

An Mo = Emma (Austen, Jane, 1775-1817, author.) Frost Library; PL1113.M361 A87 2017b

Mi mi hua yuan = The secret garden (Burnett, Frances Hodgson, 1849-1924, author.) Frost Library; PL1113.M361 B87 2013

Mi mi hua yuan = The secret garden (Yang, Renjun, author.) Frost Library; PL1113.M361 B87 2015

Juan fa gong si de an zi = Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Curly Haired Company (Doyle, Arthur Conan, 1859-1930, author.) Frost Library; PL1113.M361 D67 2013

Juan fa gong si de an zi = Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Curly Haired Company (Doyle, Arthur Conan, 1859-1930, author.) Frost Library; PL1113.M361 D67 2015

Liu shi nian de meng = The Sixty Year Dream : based on "Rip Van Winkle" by Washington Irving (Yang, Renjun, adapter.) Frost Library; PL1113.M361 I78 2013

Liu shi nian de meng = The Sixty Year Dream : based on "Rip Van Winkle" by Washington Irving (Irving, Washington, 1783-1859, author.) Frost Library; PL1113.M361 I78 2015

Hou zhua = The monkey's paw (Yang, Renjun, adapter.) Frost Library; PL1113.M361 J33 2017