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Books, periodicals, images, government documents, news and primary sources for East, South and Southeast Asia written in English. Covers Arts and Humanities, History, Social Sciences and language learning.
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  • Bibliography of Asian Studies
    The core database for East, South and Southeast Asian Studies. Covers books, book chapters and articles published from 1949 to the present.

Articles -- All Subjects

  • IBZ online
    100+ years of international academic periodical literature from more than 40 countries in the humanities and social sciences.
    Archived issues of core, academic journals. Articles typically appear 3-5 years after publication.
  • Project Muse
    e-journals published by university presses; includes most recent issues.

Books & Articles -- Arts & Humanities

  • MLA International Bibliography
    Books & articles in literature, literary criticism, linguistics, modern languages, drama, folklore, film and video.
  • Comprehensive Art Database Search (Ebsco combined search)
    Combined search of 1) Art & Architecture Complete, 2) Art Full Text, and 3) Art Index Retrospective. Duplicate entries automatically eliminated. Most powerful single art search available.
  • ArtStor
    Images in art, architecture and archaeology for many time periods and cultures.
  • ATLA Religion Database
    International periodicals in the fields of religion and theological studies from 1949 to the present.
  • Literature Resource Center
    Full text of biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses for authors of every age, nation, and literary discipline.
  • Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online
    Comprehensive coverage of each region’s musical heritage and a description of specific musical genres, practices, and performances.

Books & Articles -- History

  • Historical Abstracts
    Authoritative index of more than 1,700 academic historical journals in over 40 languages from 1955 to the present.
  • Cambridge Histories Online
    Titles published since 1960, including histories of Ancient China, Japan, Southeast Asia, India and Chinese literature.
  • Empire Online
    60,000 images of original documents linked to essays by leading scholars in the field of Empire Studies in five sections: Cultural Contacts, 1492-1969; Empire Writing and the Literature of Empire; The Visible Empire; Religion and Empire; and Race, Class, Imperialism and Colonialism c1607-2007.

Books & Articles -- Social Sciences

  • PAIS International
    Journal articles, books, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research reports, conference papers, publications of international agencies, microfiche, & Internet material on public policy issues from 1915-present.
  • Political Science Complete
    Indexes and abstracts for top-ranked scholarly journals, recent reference works, and professional conference papers on law and legislation, comparative politics, political theory, international relations, humanitarian issues, and non-governmental organizations.
  • EconLit with Full Text
    Indexes articles in economics, including economic history, economic theory, microeconomics, macroeconomics, finance, production, welfare, inflation, accounting, international trade, consumer finance, political economy, and business credit.
  • ISI Emerging Markets
    Company directory information, financial data, and news from the world's emerging markets. Covers China, Hong Kong, India, Southeast Asia and other countries.


  • Byki
    Language instructional system for 70+ languages.

News; see also Databases for Asian Newspapers

  • Foreign Broadcast Information Service Daily Reports
    Translations of foreign broadcasts and publications done by the U.S. intelligence community for policy makers and analysts; provides foreign perspectives on events. It includes the Daily Reports for 1941-1974 and the Daily Report Annexes for 1974-1996.
  • World News Connection
    Compiled from non-U.S. media sources, it includes English translations of selected newspaper articles, conference proceedings, television and radio broadcasts, periodicals, and non-classified technical reports. Generally, this information is available within 24-72 hours from the time of original publication or broadcast.

See Also


Library Contacts

Contact a specialist for in-depth research information on Asian Studies.

Miree Ku: Korea  919-660-5817

Edward Proctor: South & Southeast Asia, 919-660-5841

Kristina Troost: Japan 919-660-5844

Luo Zhou: China 919-660-5803

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