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Subject Librarian:

Yao Chen

This subject covers: the culture and social life of the Chinese, the Taiwanese, the Miao and Yao, the Japanese, Koreans, Manchu, and Pai (or Min-chia).



The Japan Times is Japan's oldest English language newspaper and the country's only independent English-language newspaper today. The digital archive allows you to search the full text of all issues of The Japan Times published between March 1897 and 2015.

Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database. Includes full text access to over 4,000 scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications back to 1975. A great place to start your research on any topic. Find search tips on their help page.

Asia-Pacific Arts, Culture, History, Language, Religion

Asian-Pacific Social Sciences, Economic Development, Business and Industries, International Relations, Politics

Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS) contains nearly 900,000 records on all subjects (especially in the humanities and the social sciences) pertaining to East, Southeast, and South Asia published worldwide from 1971 to the present.

The most important 100+ periodicals in Asian Studies or on Asia as identified by the BAS staff are indexed as soon as they are published for immediate inclusion in BAS. The total number of indexed journals is many times that amount. Selected Asia-related citations from many other journals are also included when applicable. In addition, various special projects have contributed numbers of additional records to the database (among them journals on Southeast Asia dating as far back as 1779).

BAS also includes citations to Western-language chapters in edited volumes, conference proceedings, anthologies, Festschriften, and more.

China National Knowledge Infrastructure includes Chinese Academic Journal database and Century Journals Project. Our subscription contains 2424 titles of journals in History/Literature/Philosophy and Education & Social Sciences since 1994. Century Journals Project (CJP) contains many of those titles and extends our access from 1913 to 1993.

The database covers academic disciplines including arts and humanities, social sciences, sciences, medical sciences, physical education from various source including monographs, periodicals, newspapers, dissertations, reports, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and video lectures. It also includes North Korean academic journals.

Covers the world's scholarship in history from 1450 to the present.

Index to articles published on over 300 Chinese and English journals since 1980

Hong Kong Journals Online (HKJO) is a full-text image database providing access to selected academic and professional journals, both in English and Chinese, published in Hong Kong. Titles included cover a wide range of disciplines including law, medicine and education, dates vary from journal to journal with the earliest going back to 1872.

Provides online access to the Ingenta journals subscribed to by the University of Minnesota

Find full text articles in academic journals or books on the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences. JSTOR provides articles from the date of each journal's initial publication to recent issues. In some cases the latest several years may not be available.

The largest searchable database in Japan with over 7 million records. In addition to the zasshi kiji sakuin (Japanese Periodicals Index) since 1975, this database includes a wide range of scholarly, general interest, business, and sports periodicals. The database permits searches by keyword, author, publication title, or publisher. It does not provide full-text access.
NOTE: MagazinePlus requires that U of MN users sign a user's agreement with staff at Wilson Library. Please visit the Reference Desk on the first floor of Wilson Library to sign the agreement and get the URL for accessing MagazinePlus.

Index to full-text collection of journals in literary theory, classics, history and cultural studies, philosophy, film, theater and performing arts, political science, and mathematics. From Johns Hopkins University Press. The full text of a limited number of individual monographs is also available for titles that the Libraries have purchased. Users can limit their search results to include only the full text content that the University of Minnesota has access to.

Index to articles published on over 4000 Chinese journals since 2000

General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

Full text articles and transcripts from news sources, business magazines, and websites with international and foreign language coverage. Includes daily newspapers, television transcripts, newswires, and all editions of the Wall Street Journal. Financial information for publicly traded companies, stocks, funds, currencies, and common market indexes. Limited to 7 simultaneous users.

This resource is licensed by the MINITEX Library Information Network with state appropriations from the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office (MHESO) and the Minnesota Department of Education.
MasterFILE Premier provides full text for more than 2,000 general magazines covering a broad range of disciplines. It includes Magill Book Reviews, reference and travel books, biographies, full text primary source documents, American Heritage Dictionary and an Image Collection of 107,135 photos, maps and flags.

The full-text and full-image database of the Peoples' Daily offers intuitive interface and full-text search and browse functions.

An online resource of news from around the world, obtained from newspaper articles, television and radio broadcasts, online sources, conference proceedings, periodicals, and non-classified reports. NOTE: This resource has been discontinued and is now an archive of world news between 1995 and 2013.

Catalogs and Bibliographies


An annotated bibliography with a comprehensive subject coverage for basic resources in studying China.

Hong Kong

An annotated bibliography with a comprehensive subject coverage for basic resources in studying Hong Kong.

Japanese history and culture from ancient to modern times

Seven basic bibliographies.


An annotated bibliography with a comprehensive subject coverage for basic resources in studying Macau.


An annotated bibliography with a comprehensive subject coverage for basic resources in studying Taiwan.


An annotated bibliography with a comprehensive subject coverage for basic resources in studying Tibet.


Search with the Library Catalog to find books, journals, etc. owned by the library. Search by keyword, subject, title, or author for materials on your topic.

Find books, journals, articles, maps, music scores, sound recordings, films, theses/dissertations, machine-readable data files, and any other materials available in libraries worldwide. This covers all subject areas. Request items through Interlibrary Loan using the ILLiad link on each item's record. WorldCat is produced by OCLC (Online Computer Library Center, Inc.)

General Reference Sources

Biographical Sources

Who's who in China, 1918-1950

With an index / compiled by Jerome Cavanaugh.

Who's who in Japan

Country Studies

The Library of Congress Country Studies Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world. The series examines the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they are shaped by cultural factors.

Studies on Korea, a scholar's guide

An annotated bibliography with a comprehensive subject coverage for basic resources in studying Korea.

Published annually, this brief guide profiles the economy, government, land, demographics, communications, and national defense establishments of 191 nations and other political entities. Prior years may be accessed via Countries of the World. Tables of data items in each country's profile can be viewed from the Notes and Definitions link. Click on the term being defined and a table for all countries will appear.


Hsin shih chi Ying Han tz u tien = Far East new collegiate English-Chinese dictionary / chu pien Lin Lien-hsiang, pien i Ch en Shao-p eng ... [et al.]. , 1991.

Historical dictionary of North Korea

Kenkyusha's new English-Japanese dictionary

5th ed.

Mathews' Chinese-English dictionary

A Chinese-English dictionary compiled for the China Inland Mission. Rev. American ed. [1969]

Minjung's Essence English-Korean dictionary

American ed.

Modern reader's Japanese - English character dictionary

/ 2nd rev. ed.

New English-Chinese dictionary

Compiled by the Editing Group of a new English-Chinese dictionary = [Hsin Ying Han tz u tien ; "Hsin Ying Han tz u tien" pien hsieh tsu pien]. Rev. and enl. , 1988, c1987.

New world comprehensive Korean-English dictionary

. 1st ed.


Japanese studies in the United State

Dissertations and Theses

1861 - present (Doctoral dissertations)
1962 - present (Masters theses). Description: Dissertations and theses from over 1000 universities. Doctoral dissertations are indexed for almost all North American graduate schools and many European universities. Masters theses from selected schools only. Provides bibliographic citations for older titles. Abstracts are included for dissertations since 1980 and for masters theses since 1988.

Some dissertations, beginning with 1997 publication dates, are available digitally.

Abstract of over 120,000 dissertations from Chinese universities on various subjects.

Abstract of dissertations and theses from Taiwan on various subjects.


Sri Lanka. Seven volumes. 1961-2004 Wilson Library Ames BQ2 .E5

subtitle: "The essential reference to China, its history and culture."

3rd ed., rev. and expanded.

Japan : an illustrated encyclopedia

1st ed.

The database connects you to multiple resources including Japanese and English language dictionaries for modern and classical terms, historic chronology, general encyclopedias, news, Japanese names and biographies, business quarterly reports, law dictionaries, and multimedia. Searches can be done in English or Japanese with results in either language depending on what resources were searched. Advanced and multiple term searches are available. -Keywords: search encyclopedias/dictionaries collectively with "onelook" option or search by pen name, derivative, title, index, or full text -Display: tile of article in English and Japanese, source, excerpt, and option to read more -False hits: will not provide accurate results if words are misspelled or suggest corrections, to narrow hits use feature to link terms together or choose which resources should be searched.
Note: Limited number of simultaneous users. Please log out after use.

Field Guides

Handbooks and Manuals

Latest 10 years in WILSON Reference.

Latest edition in WILSON Reference.

Hong Kong (Yearbook)

Latest edition in WILSON Reference.

Korea annual

Latest edition in WILSON Reference.

Republic of China yearbook

Latest edition in WILSON Reference. Latest 5 editions in WILSON East Asian (Reference)

Internet Resources


Electronic Books

ChinaMaxx contains approx. 558 full-text Chinese e-books from cover to cover on wide range of subject areas. Individual titles can also be found in MNCAT. To access the e-books, please follow the brief instructions contained in the login page. If viewing using Internet Explorer, you will need to download two browser plug-ins in order to read ChinaMaxx e-books.

"Han ji dian zi wen xian zi liao ku" developed and maintained by the Academia Sinica since 2000. This database contains over 441 Chinese classic titles.

Please note: Page content doesn't display in Firefox. This resource requires the download and installation of a proprietary browser, found at the provided URL. Using a different web browser, such as Internet Explorer or Firefox, is not possible since the database contains archaic Chinese characters not included in the current Unicode standard. Once the client program is installed, users can open the program on their pc, select IP Login, and gain access to the database. The Installation Guide contains very important information regarding the technical requirements for user's pc, expecially required language packages.

Gateways & Megasites

A global collaborative project which provides access in bibliographic and in hypertext terms to networked scholarly documents, resources and information systems concerned with or relevant to Asian Studies.

The "Information Guides" provide hundreds of links to Internet sites on such varied topics as Art, History, Science and Education.

Provides WWW links to information on the following countries and regions: China, East Asia, Eastern Turkistan, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Mongolia, North Korea, Russian Far East, Siberia, South China Sea, South Korea, Taiwan and Tibet.

Online newspaper resource covering Yomiuri shinbun (1874 to the present: image format from 1874 to 1989; full text 1986 to the present)and the English edition, Daily Yomiuri (Sept. 1989 to the present). Both newspapers are searchable by article, keyword, subject category, and issue. Charts and photographs are not included. Also includes biographical information on 26,000 people. Note: Limited number of simultaneous users. Please log out after use.

Web Sites

News and analysis of North Korean media along with other secondary data. Captures news and television from the North Korean Central Agency.

Multimedia Materials

Audio Resources

Learning Japanese Online (LJO) is designed to provide self-studying tools for Japanese language learners. With generous support from ALC Inc, the website was created with materials of Nihongo Journal, a monthly magazine for Japanese learners.

Image Resources

The project digitizes and catalogs 1,260 Chinese art objects selected by the renowned ceramic scholars Harry Garrner and Margaret Medley from 75 museums around the world found in Chinese Art in Three-Dimensional Colour(donated by Mr. Jonathan R. Gross to the East Asian Library)

The project digitized and cataloged 717 black and white photos took by YMCA employees in China filed between 1896 and 1949.

COMING SOON--The project aggregates a group of visual materials including film, photograph, poster, and slides, centered on the theme of propaganda and its promotion through popular media from China, Japan and Korea. These unique visual resources can be accessed online for authorized users.

Videos and Films

Periodical and Newspaper subscriptions

Electronic Journal Collections

Chinese Periodical Full-text Database (1833-1949) covers over 10,000,000 pieces of writing in over 20,000 different kinds of periodicals published between 1833 and 1949. The search terms of the database include title,author,periodical,etc. Users may browse or download them in full text.

Note: This database is available for 1 simultaneous user only.

News Sources

The Japan Times is Japan's oldest English language newspaper and the country's only independent English-language newspaper today. The digital archive allows you to search the full text of all issues of The Japan Times published between March 1897 and 2015.

A newspaper database for Asahi shinbun containing 8 million articles (as of January, 2009) published from 1879 to present. Also includes articles from the weekly magazines Aera and Shūkan Asahi, and from the annual new-word dictionary Chiezō.

Primary Source Materials

Archival Materials

There are approximately 310,000 items in the Grand Secretariat Archives at the Institute of History and Philology. These include imperial decrees, edicts, memorials, tribute documents, examination questions, examination papers, rosters of successful examination candidates, documents from the offices of the Grand Secretariat, documents from the offices for book compilation, and old documents from Mukden. Memorials make up the bulk of these documents. The archives contain valuable source materials for institutional, social and economic historians. They record general administrative activities and legal cases, many of which cannot be found in Ch'ing legal compendia.

Historical Documents

Manzanar Free Press is a newspaper published by Americans of Japanese descent interned in the Manzanar Relocation Center of Interned Pacific Coast Residents of Japanese Descent between 1942 and 1945.

Statistics and Data

Data Resources

Current and historical statistics on population and economics at the national, provincial and local level. From the China Data Center at the University of Michigan.

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

Citation managers are software packages used to create personalized databases of citation information and notes. They allow you to: import and organize citation information from article indexes and other sources save links to pdfs and other documents, and in some cases save the document itself format citations for your papers and bibliographies using APA and many other styles include your own notes

University of Minnesota

Related U of M Web Sites

The East Asian Library contains books and periodicals in Chinese, Japanese and Korean languages. -- In addition to library information, this site includes links to selected journals and Internet Resources.

-- Borrow a book or obtain an article from a journal. Use this to borrow items not owned by the libraries.

Please read the guide and make your request at University Library's Illiad system.

The free service made available by the East Asian Library at University of Pittsburgh for scholars, students and research individuals.

Library Information

East Asian Library

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