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Books, periodicals, images, data and government documents for East Asia (China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan), South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka) and Southeast Asia (Burma, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam etc.)
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General Interdisicplinary Databases

This list includes: an index of book chapters and journals on Asian Studies (BAS), several full-text indexes not limited to Asia (Academic One File - Proquest), two full-text periodical databases that complement each other (JSTOR does not include recent issues, while Project Muse does not have the backfile) and two sources about dissertations.

  • Bibliography of Asian Studies
    The core database for East, South and Southeast Asian Studies. Covers books and articles published from 1949 on. Not full-text.
  • Academic One File
    11,000 journals with full-text articles
  • British Humanities Index
    BHI is a current awareness tool that provides abstracts from over 400 daily newspapers, weekly magazines and academic journals of international standing
  • Periodicals Index Online
    Indexes thousands of selected periodicals in the humanities and social sciences from their first issues to 1995. The scope is international, including journals in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and other Western languages.
  • ProQuest
    Provides access to an extensive collection of journals, newspapers, and magazines. ProQuest includes several databases that may be searched together or individually.
    A database of archived issues of academic journals. Articles are available as scanned versions of journal pages and typically appear 3-5 years after publication. For more recent articles, see Project Muse or the journal titles themselves.
  • Project Muse
    A database of e-journals covering the arts and humanities, social science, and mathematics. The journals are published by university presses.
  • Dissertations & theses: full text.
    Provides abstracts for dissertations (July 1980-present); abstracts for master's theses (1988-present); and citations for dissertations dating from 1637. Includes over a million full text dissertations that are available for download in PDF format.
  • Dissertation Reviews
    Features overviews of recently defended, unpublished doctoral dissertations (with a current focus on Chinese History, Japan Studies, and Korean Studies – but with many more disciplines joining soon). The goal is to offer readers a glimpse of each discipline’s immediate present by focusing on the window of time between dissertation defense and first book publication.

Asian Studies Librarians


     Kristina Troost                   Luo Zhou                          Miree Ku                 Edward Proctor
          Japan                                China                                Korea                       South &
                                                                                                                        Southeast Asia

Key Journals

  • Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus
    In-depth critical analysis of the forces shaping the Asia-Pacific . . . and the world. The Asia-Pacific Journal seeks to illuminate the geopolitics, economics, history, society, culture, international relations and forces for change in the modern and contemporary Asia-Pacific.
  • Asian Survey
    Comprehensive retrospective of contemporary international relations within South, Southeast, and East Asian nations.
  • Critical Asian Studies
    Born out of the crisis of the Indochina Wars as an attempt to analyze U.S. policy in cold war Asia.
  • Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies
    Primary focuses on premodern history and literature.
  • Journal of Asian Studies
    The professional journal for the field.
  • Positions: East Asia cultures critique.
    Seeks to place cultural critique at the center of historical and theoretical practice by accounting for positions as places, contexts, power relations, and links between knowledge and knowers as actors in existing social institutions.
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