Selected Resources for: Asian Languages and Literatures

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Subject Librarian:

Yao Chen

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This subject covers: the languages and literatures of the countries of Asia


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.

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.

Index Islamicus indexes worldwide literature in European languages on Islam, the Middle East and the Muslim world. Periodicals devoted solely to the fields of Islam are indexed completely. Other journals are indexed only for articles on Islamic subjects.

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 MLA International Bibliography is a classified listing and subject index of scholarly books and articles on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics which has been compiled by the Modern Language Association of America since 1926.

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.

This is a machine-readable full-text database with SGML coding which contains approximately 100,000 pages of the writings from 1825 to the present, written by authors from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, and Fiji, including fiction, short fiction, poems, interviews, and manuscript materials.

Index to articles published on over 4000 Chinese journals since 2000


General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

Guide to Indian Periodical Literature

If you can't find something online, all is not lost! Come to the Ames Library and look at this excellent index to Indian journals.

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.


General Reference Sources

Atlases & Maps

The University of Texas at Austin hosts this well-organized directory of maps (worldwide coverage) directly viewable on the web as .jpeg files. Most are reference maps produced by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, and therefore carry no copyright. Privately produced maps are made available via links. Note that many of the images are too large to be printed on letter-sized paper.

The mission of the UC Atlas of Inequality is to provide online teaching resources and tools to enable student exploration of global change. Aspects of 21st Century global integration and inequality present great challenges to university teaching. The UC Atlas of Global Inequality attempts to address these challenges using the Internet, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology and new graphical capabilities of digital media to enhance learning in Geography, Sociology, Economics, Health, Technology and Environmental Studies. The Atlas integrates data, maps, and graphs to create an interactive website for accessing and analyzing information addressing global change and inequality.


Biographical Sources

Illuminates the lives of the most influential and controversial figures in the Middle East and North Africa who came to prominence during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Includes profiles of contemporary leaders who belong to various political, ethnic, and religious groups, as well as notable individuals associated with business, law, science, social issues, sports, entertainment, literature, and the fine and performing arts.


Country Studies

Issued by the US Department of State, Bureau of Public Affairs, these electronically accessible publications include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states and other territories. The Background Notes are updated and/or revised as they are received from the Department's regional bureaus and are added to the database of this Department of State website.

Paper copies of earlier editions are available in the Government Publications Library in Wilson.

Provides a standard set of facts for all countries of the world.

Europa World is the online version of the Europa World Year Book, a source of country profiles, statistics, and directories for all countries worldwide. Find facts, history, political, economic and other information including geography, media outlets, education, government agencies, trade and industry, tourism and other organizations. A major bibliography is included for each country and survey articles on various issues are listed for each major region.

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.


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.

A four-volume survey of the history, cultures, geography and religions of India from ancient times to the present day. Includes more than 600 entries, arranged alphabetically. For students and general readers.

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.


Internet Resources

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.


Electronic Texts

A wide range of Arabic content ranging from contemporary novels to national heritage scientific treatises. If you are having trouble with the Arabic font, visit the company's help page to find how to install the font on your computer.


Gateways & Megasites

A project to develop digital collection, storage and distribution strategies for multimedia anthropological information from the Himalayan region -- collections include * Census of Nepal 2001 * Fürer-Haimendorf Film Collection * Films * Journals * Maps * Music * Naga Videodisc * Rare Books & Manuscripts * Thak Archive * Thangmi Archive * Williamson Collection * Wutu Collection

" The Digital South Asia Library provides digital materials for reference and research on South Asia to scholars, public officials, business leaders, and other users. This project builds upon a two-year pilot project funded by the Association of Research Libraries' Global Resources Program with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Participants in the Digital South Asia Library include leading U.S. universities, the Center for Research Libraries, the South Asia Microform Project, the Committee on South Asian Libraries and Documentation, the Association for Asian Studies, the Library of Congress, the Asia Society, the British Library, the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, MOZHI in India, the Sundarayya Vignana Kendram in India, Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya in Nepal, and other institutions in South Asia."

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.

The Human-Languages Page is a comprehensive catalog of language-related Internet resources. The over 1900 links in the HLP database have been hand-reviewed. Includes online language lessons, translating dictionaries, native literature, translation services, software, language schools, and basic information on all languages.


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

Electronic Journal Titles


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.

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

Aggregates current India news from many sources.


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.).

Free web-based bibliographic citation software developed for Firefox browsers that is useful for organizing your research sources, creating bibliographies and sharing sources with others. Zotero will capture bibliographic information and links to documents found on websites or library databases. See the brief tutorials for Getting Started. or view the library workshop Zotero Basics.


University of Minnesota

Related U of M Web Sites

-- 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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