Resources by Subject Asian Studies

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Reference Sources (Background)
Locating Books
Locating Articles (Databases & Indexes)
Film, Video, and Image Collections
Evaluating Sources
Citing Sources

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Reference Sources (Background)

Oxford Reference Online (full text; current)
A collection of over 100 subject reference books published by Oxford University Press.

Countries and their Cultures (2001, 4 volumes)
Ref GN 307 .C68 2001
Cultural summaries of 225 countries, with bibliographies and web sites.

Country Studies
Information about 100 countries, and how cultural factors shape them.

Digital Dictionary of Buddhism
Any user may access the dictionary by entering "guest" as the username with no password.

Dictionary of Asian Mythology (Oxford University Press)
Ref BL1005 .L46 2001

East and Southeast Asia.
Ref. DS520 .E27 2006

Columbia Chronology of Asian History and Culture.
Ref. DS33 .C63 2000

China Today: An Encyclopedia of Life in the People's Republic. 2 vols.
Ref. DS 777.6 .C458 2005

Encyclopedia of Contemporary Japanese Culture.
Ref. DS 822.5 .E516 2002.

Kodansha Encyclopedia of Japan. 9 vols.
Ref. DS805 .K6332 1983

Historical Dictionary of the Republic of Korea.
Ref. DS904.8 .N34 2004

A Dictionary of Asian Christianity.
Ref. BR1065 .D52 2001

Encyclopedia of Asian Philosophy.
Ref B121 .E53 2001

The Anime Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese Animation Since 1917.
Ref. NC1766.J3 C53 2006.

Finding Books

Library of Congress Classification for History of Asia is DS.

The library's online catalog, providing access to books, journals, music, and movies in the library.

A catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide.

National Library of China
English language interface and catalog searching is available.

Books and articles not owned by our library can be obtained from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan. Allow sufficient time for processing.  Average turnaround time is 3-5 days for articles and 3-14 days for books, excluding holidays and weekends. Submit ILL requests well in advance of deadlines.

Locating Articles (Databases & Indexes)

Bibliography of Asian Studies (citations; 1971-present)
An index to Western-language publications including periodical articles, books and book chapters, conference proceedings, anthologies, etc., covering East, Southeast, and South Asia.

Academic Search Complete (1988 to present, some full-text)
Articles from selected popular magazines and scholarly journals in all disciplines.

OmniFile Full Text Mega (some full text; most 1994 to present, with some 1982 to present)
Articles from scholarly and popular sources in all disciplines.

Project MUSE (generally late 1990s to date)
Full-text database covering over 300 journals in the humanities, arts, and social sciences.

JSTOR (full text; dates vary by journal)
An archive of back issues of over 400 journals in many disciplines.

LexisNexis Academic (full text; dates vary, most 1980 to present) Contains English editions of China Daily, Japan Times, Nikkei Weekly, and hundreds of other international news sources.

China View (English edition of online service of Xinhua News Agency)

PAIS with ProQuest Political Science(some full-text; 1914 to present)
Covers political science, international relations and public policy with articles, books, hearings, government publications, etc. from 120 countries.

Once you know which journals you need, search Journals A-Z to see if they are online or in the library.


ASIANetwork Consortium of liberal arts colleges provides programs and publications to promote Asian Studies.

Web Japan Sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), provides information on Japan across many different genres including culture, sightseeing, society, history and nature.

Modern Chinese Literature and Culture Resource Center (contains bibliographies of mostly English-language materials on modern Chinese literature, film, art, and culture and is maintained at the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, The Ohio State University)

Association of Southeast Asian Nations

Vietnam Center and Archive Primary source documents, oral histories, and resources from Texas Tech University.

Film, Video, and Art

American History In Video
Hundreds of hours of historical film footage compiled from commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries on American history.

PBS Streaming Video Collection
Hundreds of hours of streaming video content from PBS, including programming from series such as Frontline, NOVA, and The American Experience.

ARTstor (images)
An international digital library of approximately 550,000 images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences contributed by museums, individual photographers, scholars, special collections at libraries, and photo archives. In addition to images of  paintings, drawings, sculpture, and the decorative arts, the collection includes cultural and religious objects, cartoons, fashion and costume illustrations, covers from printed music, pages from illuminated manuscripts and early printed books, natural history illustrations, early anatomical and medical drawings, and many other types of images.

Guide to Ukiyoe sites on the Internet (compiled by Hans Olaf Johansson)

Evaluating Sources

Primary Sources versus Secondary Sources (R-MC)

Popular Sources versus Scholarly Sources (R-MC)

Evaluating Sources (R-MC)

Critical Evaluation of Resources on the Internet (University of Alberta Libraries)

Citing Sources

The Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab)
Includes information and examples for MLA, APA, and Chicago styles.

KnightCite (Calvin College)
Automatically formats citation information according to MLA, APA, or Chicago styles.

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