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Key databases for East Asian Studies

If you need to find journal articles about a subject that you are researching or studying, it is important to search journal databases. Type your topic into the search screen of the database to obtain a list of relevant journal articles, and remember to look at help screens or Library guides to make the most of what is on offer.

Below is a list of journal databases which are most often used in East Asian Studies. You can also see a complete list of databases for East Asian Studies available from the Library.

Apabi e-books

Apabi Digital Library is a Chinese multidisciplinary e-books, newspaper and statistics collection covering a wide variety of subject areas, including Chinese business, management, economics, history, literature and politics. It includes encyclopaedias, government reports and Chinese-English and English-Chinese dictionaries on many subjects. Access to Ren Min Ri Bao from 01 Jan 2013 to current is also through Apabi.

Guide to using Apabi e-books

Bibliography of Asian Studies

This database contains over 700,000 records on all subjects (especially in the humanities and social sciences) pertaining to East, Southeast, and South Asia published worldwide from 1971 to the present. Updated regularly.

Guide to using Bibliography of Asian Studies

China Academic Journals

Search for full-text articles from 1,870 Chinese journals on Literature, Philosophy, History, Archaeology, Music, Arts, etc. The database is updated daily. Access dates back to 1994, with some journals available from the first issue.

Guide to using China Academic Journals

Chinese Film and Newsreel Scripts from the Cultural Revolution

The collection of film advertisements and transcripts of Chinese documentary films and newsreels is made up of 1750 items. It spans the years 1946 to 1985, although the bulk of the items in the collection are transcripts for the documentary films and newsreels from the Cultural Revolution, 1966-1976. All documents in the collection are in Chinese.

KISS (Koreanstudies Information Studies System)

This database in Korean includes 800,000 full-text articles from 1200 academic associations in engineering, social sciences, literature, language/linguistics, medicine/pharmacy, natural sciences, agriculture, oceanography, fishery, art, physical education. Subscribed content not accessible, but can be requested by contacting the Library.

National Diet Library of Japan

The National Diet Library acquires everything published in Japan. The National Diet Library Digital Collections is the main online portal that allows you to search and view a variety of these resources, including books, journals, dissertations and newspapers.

Guide to using National Diet Library of Japan

Naver News Library

Naver News Library provides high-quality news archive service for four major newspapers (up to 1999) in Korea. The database enables users to perform searches in a wide range of categories according to subject and document types.

Visualising China

The site offers researchers free open access to major online collections such as Historical Photographs of China (University of Bristol), the Sir Robert Hart Collection (Queen’s University, Belfast) and Joseph Needham’s Photographs of Wartime China (Needham Research Institute, Cambridge), as well as to previously unseen and private collections and a selected Google Books library of China-related publications.

Wanfang (China Online Journals, Dissertations of China, Policies and Laws of China)

Access a wide range of resources from Wanfang, an affiliate of the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology. China Online Journals features a broad collection of Chinese university journals, which are a main research source in humanities and social sciences in China. Dissertations of China holds information on Masters, Doctoral, and Post-doctoral dissertations from key Chinese research institutions, from 1986 onward. Policies and Laws of China is the most comprehensive database of this kind, covering Chinese policies, jurisdiction, legislature, and laws. The database holds more than 280,000 records from 1949 onwards.

Guide to using Wanfang (China Online Journals, Dissertations of China, Policies and Laws of China)

Web of Science

Search for journal articles using three databases; Science Citation Index, Social Science Citation Index and Arts and Humanities Citation Index. A current awareness service provides citation alerts for newly added journal articles. Each database is updated weekly.

Guide to using Web of Science