Selected Resources for: East Asian History

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Subject Librarian:

Yao Chen

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This subject covers: history of East Asian countries, particularly Japan, China and Korea.


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

References principally western-language articles and book chapters on all parts of Asia. Emphasizes materials published since 1971, but has some materials dating from as early as 1779. It is broad, emphasizing the Humanities and Social Sciences, but not comprehensive.

China National Knowledge Infrastructure includes Chinese Academic Journal database and Century Journals Project Chinese Academic Journal Database (CAJ) 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. Remote access available for University of Minnesota -- Twin Cities students, staff and faculty

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. Note- Please use Internet Explorer when browsing this site. Many Korean sites do not support Firefox.

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

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.

In print in Wilson Library - see "More Information" for details. The complete run of The New York Times newspaper is available in the Periodicals/Reserve area in the basement of Wilson Library and via our online archive. See the "News Sources" page at: http://www.lib.umn.edu/articles/news.phtml for other options to online versions of the New York Times. The University Libraries also own a print edition of the Index covering from 1851-present. It includes a subject index to articles in the New York Times giving references to the date, page, and column of articles in the paper as well as brief synopses of the articles themselves.

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

Full-text summaries of foreign newspaper articles, conference proceedings, radio and television broadcasts, periodicals, and non-classified technical reports. Formerly published as FBIS and JPRS Reports.


Catalogs and Bibliographies

Bibliographies

Japanese history and culture from ancient to modern times

Seven basic bibliographies.


Catalogs

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

Search for books, conference proceedings, journals, maps, videos, and other items in our collection.

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.)
The Libraries' subscription to this resource allows for 65 users at any one time. If you get a busy signal, please wait a few minutes and try accessing the site again.


General Reference Sources

Biographical Sources

Biographical dictionary of Chinese women

TC Wilson Library East Asian (Reference) HQ1767.5.A3 B56 1998

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.

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.


Dictionaries

Historical dictionary of revolutionary China 1839-1976

Historical dictionary of Taiwan

Historical dictionary of the Korean War

Historical dictionary of the Republic of Korea


Encyclopedias

Nearly 1,200 articles on architecture, education, ethnic identity, food and drink, language, performing arts, political culture, religion, sports, and more. Geographical focuses on People's Republic of China while still including "long entries on aspects of the culture of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore" and shorter ones on native Chinese cultural producers who now live abroad.

Encyclopedia of contemporary Japanese culture

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.

Korean War: an encyclopedia


Field Guides


Guides

History 4961 section 3, Primary Sources.


Handbooks and Manuals

An annotated bibliography of western-language materials.

History of imperial China: a research guide


Industry Profiles

Provides industry information on China. IBISWorld analysts use a variety of sources in their research ranging from the National Bureau of Statistics, and industry associations, to company reports, surveys and personal contact.


Internet Resources

Blogs


Electronic Books

ChinaMaxx contains over 710,000 full-text Chinese e-books from cover to cover on wide range of subject areas. Selected titles also can be found in MNCAT. For accessing the e-books, please follow the brief instructions contained in the login page. ChinaMaxx only works with the Internet Explorer browser. Firefox and Safari are not supported. You will need to install a plug-in to view 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 such as 《明史》、《明實錄》、《明經世文編》、《清史稿》、《清朝文獻通考》、《清朝續文獻通考》、《清實錄》等。

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

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.

Providing texts and Internet sites on East Asian History.


Web Sites


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

News Sources

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

RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that allows you to create your own databases of citations by importing references from MNCAT and other databases, and then in seconds automatically generate bibliographies in all major styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.).


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

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