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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

Apabi ebooks

A Chinese ebook collection covering 1982 to 2007. This currently contains reference material including Chinese-English and English-Chinese dictionaries on many subjects taught at the University of Leeds, encyclopaedias and government reports on economic and industrial development. Additionally this also includes access to Ren Min Ri Bao from January 2013 to current and Han yu da ci dian from March 1988 to current.

Guide to using Apabi ebooks

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 This resource is no longer updated and users seeking monographs are urged to consult other general resources and databases, such as RLIN.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.


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