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The library has a growing collection of material relating to Asian history and culture. In addition to searching the library catalog for full-length books and printed primary sources, and JumpStart for secondary source journal articles, you can use the following specialized databases to locate additional sources.
Secondary Sources in Asian History
Bibliography of Asian Studies
A major database for Asian Studies, with comprehensive index coverage of mostly western-language articles and book chapters on all parts of Asia. Coverage: 1971 to present. Citations Only.
Covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present, including military history, women's history, history of education, history of science, and more. Includes secondary source articles from more than 1800 journals, as well as books and book reviews. This is the most important source of secondary research material for the study of modern world history. Note: for U.S. history, use America: History and Life
; for medieval history, use Iter
. Coverage: 1955-present. Full-Text.
Primary Sources in Asian History
The databases listed below will help you find primary sources on Asian history, though you should also use the other techniques found on the Primary Sources page.
Asia and the West: Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange
Primary documents related to the experiences of Westerners in Asia. Principally US and British diplomatic documents, but also documents from missionary organizations and journals on socio-economic topics. Part of Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO). Coverage: 1818-1923, contains primary sources. Full-Text
Japan at War and Peace, 1930-1949: U.S. State Department Records on the Internal Affairs of Japan (Archives Unbound)
Documentation of a variety of topics relating to Japanese internal affairs between the World Wars, including: politics, the rise of Bolshevism and radicalism, militarism, Sino-Japanese war, trade and tariffs, social control, labor development and unrest, emigration, war, military, armament, economics, industry, trade, and the afects of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima. Coverage: 1930-1949, contains primary sources. Full-Text.
Koseisha Japanese Magazine Index Database
Entirely in the Japanese language, the Koseisha database indexes magazines and periodical articles from the Meiji era 1868 to the present. It includes periodicals locally published in Japan as well as those published in neighboring countries during the colonial times. The database is linked with the National Diet Library's Zasshi Kiji Sakuin (Japanese Periodical Index of 19,514 journals held by the National Diet Library of Japan), the National Institute of Informatics' CiNii (a research article index) and Webcat (a union catalog of the academic libraries in Japan). Coverage: 1868 to present. Citations Only.
People's Daily of China
In the Chinese language. Full text archive of China's most important newspaper, covering from 1946 to present. Coverage: 1946-present, contains primary sources. Full-Text.
Tiananmen Square and U.S.-China Relations, 1989-1993 (Archives Unbound)
Reviews U.S.-China relations in the post-Cold War Era, and analyzes the significance of the 1989 Tiananmen Square demonstrations, China's human rights issues, and resumption of World Bank loans to China in July 1990. Coverage: 1989-1993, contains primary sources. Full-Text.
Yomidas Rekishikan (Yomiuri Shimbun)
Over 11 million articles from every issue of Japan's major newspaper, The Yomiuri Shimbun. In four parts: 1) The Meiji, Taisho and Showa Eras section (1874-1989), 2) The Heisei Era section (September 1986 onwards), „ÄÄ3) The Daily Yomiuri section (September 1989 onwards), and 4) The Contemporary Who's Who, with searchable biographical data and articles on over 26,000 prominent individuals. Includes photos, images, advertisements. Search in Japanese or English. English versions of modern articles are available. Coverage: 1874 to present, contains primary sources. Full-Text.
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