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East Asian Studies


Find articles relevant to your subject by searching databases.

Look at the guides to get the most from each database.

These databases are available for use by Leeds staff and students both on and off-site within the terms of the license agreements. Off-site users will need to login using their Leeds username and password.

You can also see a complete list of databases for East Asian Studies

Key databases

Asahi Shimbun Kikuzo II Visual

Kikuzo II Visual is a database of the Asahi Shimbun, one of Japan's oldest and largest national daily newspapers. Search the full text from 1985 to the present.

Kikuzo II Visual also includes:

  • articles from AERA and Shukan Asahi, two leading weekly magazines
  • image data of the pages of the Asahi Shimbun Reduced-size Facsimile Edition from 1879 to 1989
  • the Historical Photo Archive (photographs mostly taken in Asia during the World War II period)
  • archive contents of the pictorial magazine, Asahi Graph, from 1923 to 1956
  • Who's Who database and the Chiezo Keyword Database (a modern term dictionary).

Guide to using Asahi Shimbun Kikuzo II Visual

Bibliography of Asian Studies

This database allows you to search over 700,000 books and journal articles on all subjects (especially in the humanities and social sciences) pertaining to East, Southeast, and South Asia published worldwide from 1971. This resource is no longer updated and users seeking monographs are urged to consult other general resources and databases, such as RLIN.

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 around 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


JSTOR provides access to more than 10 million academic journal articles, books, and primary sources in 75 disciplines including Art and Art History, Performing Arts, Architecture and Music.

Guide to using JSTOR

KISS (Koreanstudies Information Service 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. Coverage from 2009 onwards.

National Diet Library Digital Collections

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. Coverage starts from 2004. There is no access to subscription content.

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. Coverage from 1850 to 1950.