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 (Now called: Nexis Uni) (date coverage varies)
    Full-text federal and state laws, international legal materials, and law reviews. Also newspapers, business information and company profiles.
  • 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 -- (archived by the Wayback Machine) 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.

New Titles

In the footsteps of King David : revelations from an ancient biblical city (Garfinkel, Yosef, author.) Frost Library; DS110.Q38 G3713 2018

From Sinai to Ethiopia : the Halachic and conceptual world of Ethiopian Jewry (Shalom, Sharon, author.) Frost Library; DS113.8.F34 S542513 2016

The Jews : a history (Efron, John M.) Frost Library; DS117 .E33 2014

Preventing Palestine : a political history from Camp David to Oslo (Anziska, Seth, author.) Frost Library; DS119.6 .A75 2018

Rediscovering traces of memory : the Jewish heritage of Polish Galicia (Webber, Jonathan (Jonathan Meir) author.) Frost Library; DS134.55 .W43 2018

Beyond the shadows : the Holocaust and the Danish exception (Lauder, Judy Glickman, photographer.) Frost Library; DS135.D4 G55 2018 x

The Holocaust in Eastern Europe : at the epicenter of the Final Solution (Beorn, Waitman Wade, 1977-, author.) Frost Library; DS135.E83 B46 2018

Réveille-toi, papa, c'est fini! (Hirsch, Jean-Raphaël, 1933- author.) Frost Library; DS135.F9 H57 2014

How it happened : documenting the tragedy of Hungarian Jewry (Munkácsi, Ernő, author.) Frost Library; DS135.H9 M8613 2018

Between Iran and Zion : Jewish histories of twentieth-century Iran (Sternfeld, Lior B., 1979- author.) Frost Library; DS135.I65 S74 2019

The Italian executioners : the genocide of the Jews of Italy (Levis Sullam, Simon, author.) Frost Library; DS135.I8 L49513 2018

The Mongol empire (May, Timothy Michael, author.) Frost Library; DS19 .M589 2018

Both Eastern and Western : an intellectual history of Iranian modernity (Matin-Asgari, Afshin, 1955- author.) Frost Library; DS266 .M378 2018

The 'History of the kings of the Persians' in three Arabic chronicles Frost Library; DS272 .H57 2018

Triple axis : Iran's relations with Russia and China (Esfandiary, Dina, author.) Frost Library; DS274.2.R8 E84 2018

Iran and Turkey : international and regional engagement in the Middle East (Charountaki, Marianna, author.) Frost Library; DS274.2.T8 C43 2018

The Iranian green movement of 2009 : reverberating echoes of resistance (Karimi, Maral, 1979- author.) Frost Library; DS318.9 .K37 2018

The dawn of Eurasia : on the trail of the new world order (Maçães, Bruno, author.) Frost Library; DS33.4.E85 M33 2018

Pakistan Under Siege : Extremism, Society, and the State (Afzal, Madiha, author.) Frost Library; DS384 .A687 2018

What China and India once were : the pasts that may shape the global future Frost Library; DS421 .W43 2018

The decline of the caste question : Jogendranath Mandal and the defeat of Dalit politics in Bengal (Sen, Dwaipayan, author.) Frost Library; DS422.C3 S39 2018

Caste and nature : Dalits and Indian environmental politics (Sharma, Mukul, 1961-, author.) Frost Library; DS422.C3 S477 2017

Towards a diasporic imagination of the present : an eternal sense of homelessness Frost Library; DS432.5 .T69 2015

The reputational imperative : Nehru's India in territorial conflict (Shankar, Mahesh (Professor), author.) Frost Library; DS450.P18 S525 2018

A history of ancient and early medieval India : from the Stone Age to the 12th century (Singh, Upinder.) Frost Library; DS451 .S5697 2009

Symbols of authority in medieval Islam (Auer, Blain H.) Frost Library; DS459 .A84 2012

Empress : the astonishing reign of Nur Jahan (Lal, Ruby, author.) Frost Library; DS461.9.N8 L35 2018

The partition of India : beyond improbable lines Frost Library; DS480.842 .P37 2018

An imperial disaster : the Bengal cyclone of 1876 (Kingsbury, Benjamin, 1987- author.) Frost Library; DS485.B49 K562 2018

On the Ganges : encounters with saints and sinners on India's mythic river (Black, George, 1949-, author.) Frost Library; DS485.G25 B53 2018

Global Nepalis : religion, culture, and community in a new and old diaspora Frost Library; DS493.7 .G56 2018

The Rohingya in South Asia : people without a state Frost Library; DS528.2.R64 R645 2018

Myanmar's 'Rohingya' conflict (Ware, Anthony, 1966-, author.) Frost Library; DS528.2.R64 W37 2018

The politics of lists : bureaucracy and genocide under the Khmer Rouge (Tyner, James A., 1966-, author.) Frost Library; DS554.8 .T965 2018

Genesis of a tragedy : the historical background to the Vietnam War (Honey, P. J.) Frost Library; DS557.A5 H64

The phantom Vietnam War : an F-4 pilot's combat over Laos (Honodel, David R., 1943-2018, author.) Frost Library; DS559.914.H66 A3 2018

Restating Orientalism : a critique of modern knowledge (Hallaq, Wael B., 1955-, author.) Frost Library; DS61.85 .H34 2018

Middle East studies after September 11 : neo-orientalism, American hegemony and academia Frost Library; DS61.85 .M53 2018

Making the modern Middle East (Fraser, T. G., author.) Frost Library; DS63 .F63 2017

Lords of the desert (Barr, James, 1976-, author.) Frost Library; DS63.1 .B37 2018

The Indonesian genocide of 1965 : causes, dynamics and legacies Frost Library; DS644.32 .I53 2018

Shu fang wei yuan : gu dai Zhongguo de jiang yu, min zu yu ren tong (Ge, Zhaoguang, 1950- author. 葛兆光, 1950- author.) Frost Library; DS706.5 .G48 2016

Zhui xun wo men de gen yuan : Zhongguo li shi shang de min zu yu guo jia yi shi (Yao, Dali, author. 姚大力, author.) Frost Library; DS721 .Y36 2018

Sargon II, King of Assyria (Elayi, Josette, author.) Frost Library; DS73.8 .E43 2017

Sennacherib, King of Assyria (Elayi, Josette, author.) Frost Library; DS73.83 .E43 2018

Here in "China" I dwell : reconstructing historical discourses of China for our time (Ge, Zhaoguang, 1950-, author.) Frost Library; DS734.7 .G413 2017

A misunderstood friendship : Mao Zedong, Kim Il-Sung, and Sino-North Korean relations, 1949-1976 (Shen, Zhihua, 1950-, author.) Frost Library; DS740.5.K7 S53 2018

China and the Middle East : venturing into the maelstrom (Dorsey, James M., author.) Frost Library; DS740.5.M53 D67 2019

Daily life in ancient China (Pu, Muzhou, author.) Frost Library; DS741.65 .P82 2018

Social memory and state formation in early China (Li, Min (Anthropologist), 1971-, author.) Frost Library; DS747 .L4764 2018

In the wake of the Mongols : the making of a new social order in North China, 1200-1600 (Wang, Jinping, 1979- author.) Frost Library; DS750.66 .W36 2018

Meng Yuan zhi du yu zheng zhi wen hua = Political institution and culture in Yuan China (Yao, Dali. 姚大力.) Frost Library; DS752.3 .Y35 2011

Dead souls Frost Library; DS778.5 .D43

Chinese vs. western perspectives : understanding contemporary China (Zhou, Jinghao, 1955-) Frost Library; DS779.46 .Z577 2014

China and the international order (Mazarr, Michael J., 1965-, author.) Frost Library; DS779.47 .M395 2018

The world according to Xi : everything you need to know about new China (Brown, Kerry, 1967-, author.) Frost Library; DS779.49.X53 B76 2018

Blessings from Beijing : inside China's soft-power war on Tibet (Bruno, Greg C., author.) Frost Library; DS786 .B737 2018

For the love of humanity : the World Tribunal on Iraq (Çubukçu, Ayça, author.) Frost Library; DS79.76 .C83 2018

Generation kill [videorecording] Frost Library; DS79.76 .G46

The bodies in person : an account of civilian casualties in American wars (McDonell, Nick, 1984-, author.) Frost Library; DS79.767.C37 M33 2018

Shanghai : a history in photographs, 1842 - today (Liu, Heung Shing, 1951-, photographer.) Frost Library; DS796.S25 L58 2010 x

Mongolia (Lagrange, Frédéric (Photographer), photographer.) Frost Library; DS798.2 .L43 2018 xx

Japan : history and culture from classical to cool (Stalker, Nancy K., 1962-, author.) Frost Library; DS806 .S83 2018

Japan in the American century (Pyle, Kenneth B., author.) Frost Library; DS821.5.U6 P95 2018

Electrified voices : how the telephone, phonograph, and radio shaped modern Japan, 1868-1945 (Yasar, Kerim, author.) Frost Library; DS822.25 .Y3784 2018

The Japanese and German economies in the 20th and 21st centuries (Kudō, Akira, 1946-, author.) Frost Library; DS849.G4 K94 2018

Japan's imperial underworlds : intimate encounters at the borders of empire (Ambaras, David Richard, 1962-, author.) Frost Library; DS885.48 .A46 2018

Rationality in the North Korean regime : understanding the Kims' strategy of provocation (Shin, David W., 1963- author.) Frost Library; DS935.65 .S556 2018

Cuneiform in Canaan : the next generation (Horowitz, Wayne, 1957-, author.) Frost Library; PJ3701 .H67 2018

A guide to biblical Hebrew syntax (Arnold, Bill T., author.) Frost Library; PJ4701 .A76 2018

Judaism : the genealogy of a modern notion (Boyarin, Daniel, author.) Frost Library; PJ4801 .B69 2019

Signatures of struggle : the figuration of collectivity in Israeli fiction (Nir, ʻOded, author.) Frost Library; PJ5030.P64 N57 2018

al-Ḥusayn ibn Aḥmad ibn Khālawayh's Names of the lion (Ibn Khālawayh, Ḥusayn ibn Aḥmad, -980 or 981, author.) Frost Library; PJ6166 .I2613 2017

Arabian romantic : poems on Bedouin life and love (Ibn Subayyil, ʻAbd Allāh, approximately 1853-1933, author.) Frost Library; PJ7836.S8 A2 2018

The occasional virgin (Shaykh, Ḥanān, author.) Frost Library; PJ7862.H356 A2 2018

Where the bird disappeared (Zaqṭān, Ghassān, author.) Frost Library; PJ7876.A6565 A2 2018

Routledge handbook of modern Chinese literature Frost Library; PL2302 .R68 2019

The naive and the sentimental novelist (Pamuk, Orhan, 1952-, author.) Frost Library; PL248.P34 Z46 2010

Li Shangyin (Li, Shangyin, 813-858, author.) Frost Library; PL2672 .A2 2018

Mi Fu on ink-stones (Mi, Fu, 1051-1107.) Frost Library; PL2687.M5 Y4213 2006

Ink and tears : memory, mourning, and writing in the Yu family (Huntington, Rania, author.) Frost Library; PL2734.Z5 H86 2018

Ma Bo'le's second life (Xiao, Hong, 1911-1942.) Frost Library; PL2740.N3 M313 2018

Wang Meng : a life : memoir of China's former Minister of Culture and renowned author (Wang, Meng, 1934-, author.) Frost Library; PL2919.M39 Z46 2018

One part woman (Perumāḷmurukaṉ, author.) Frost Library; PL4758.9.P389 M3313 2018

The unnamable archipelago : wounds of the postcolonial in postwar Japanese literature and thought (Gabrakova, Dennitza, author.) Frost Library; PL726.8 .G33 2018

Struggling upward : worldly success and the Japanese novel (Van Compernolle, Timothy J., 1968-) Frost Library; PL747.63.N29 V36 2016

One hundred poets, one poem each : a treasury of classical Japanese verse Frost Library; PL758.5.O4 A3 2018

The Penguin book of haiku Frost Library; PL782.E3 P45 2018