Information Services

East Asian Studies

Some useful resources for East Asian Studies are listed below.

Access information: Access on and off campus. Apabi e-books can be read online via a web browser or with Apabi Reader. To download Apabi Reader follow the link above and select the right version for your operating system. For on campus access, Apabi Reader is available on all open-access lab PCs. From the program list, click on "Apabi Reader", and then choose Apabi Reader to open the program.
Description: This full text database contains about 5,000 Chinese e-books, 73 titles (200 volumes) of yearbooks and the online version of the People's Daily newspaper from 2013. For the archives of this newspaper, please see database entry for People's Daily.  Subjects including language, literature, history, religion, and traditional Chinese medicine. There are about 5,000 Chinese e-books and 200 current yearbooks by region or subject.

 

Access information: Access on and off-campus. Not working? Try clearing your cookies. Alternatively, use the Alternative login (with the VPN service if off campus) and choose Web of Science Core Collection from "All Databases" drop down menu.
Description: Part of Web of Science Core Collection. A multidisciplinary index containing details of every substantive item in 1,200 arts and humanities journals, as well as references to books included in book reviews, and live performances, films, records, and television and radio broadcasts. Contains over 2 million references.
Coverage: 1906 - present.

 

Asahi Shimbun Kikuzo

Access information. Available on campus. Off campus access available using the VPN - link above.
Description. Access to the current issues as well as the complete archive of the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun. Also available are two weekly magazines, Aera and Shūkan Asahi, and an annual new-word dictionary Chiezō, Who’s Who Database, and Historical Photo Archive. For Asahi Shimbun, issues from 1985 to the present are available as full text; Pre-1985 issues back to 1879 when the newspaper was first published (as Osaka Asahi Shimbun) are available in facsimile format. The Historical Photo Archive contains more than 10,000 photographs, the majority ranging from before and after the Manchurian Incident to the period after the defeat in war.

 

Asian American Drama

Access information: Access on and off campus. The Library's subscription to this resource expires 31 December 2021.
Description: Asian American Drama is an online text collection that brings together more than 250 plays, along with related biographical, production, and theatrical information. The collection begins with the works of Sadakichi Hartmann in the late 19th century and progresses to the writings of contemporary playwrights, such as Philip Kan Gotanda, Elizabeth Wong, and Jeannie Barroga.

 

Beida fabao

see entry for China Law Info

 

Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS)

Access information: Access on or off campus.
Description: This on-line version of the Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS) contains 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. Through the 1991 printed volume, the BAS included citations to Western-language periodical articles, monographs, chapters in edited volumes, conference proceedings, anthologies, and Festschriften, etc. Monographs published since 1992, however, have not been added to the database, and users seeking such monographs are urged to consult other general resources and databases such as WorldCat.

 

Bronze and Stone Rubbings Database

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Description:

The National Central Library of Taiwan purchased stone rubbings of Meng Chi-Hsuan from Tianjin when it was first established. The core parts of this collection are 150 or so stone rubbings with Meng’s inscriptions. Among the library’s collections, the most important are the bronze and stone rubbings rescued from Jiangnan in 1940 and 1941, as well as the bronze ribbings purchased from Shang Cheng-Tso. The library has a total of 6,462 articles and 12,462 bronze and stone rubbings, most of which are inscriptions on the memorial tablet within a tomb (2,820), followed by carved stones (2,826), and bronze rubbings (771).

 

Business Source Complete

Access information: Access on and off-campus.
Description: The world’s largest full text business database, Business Source Complete provides full text for nearly 3,300 scholarly business journals, including full text for more than 1000 peer-reviewed business publications. This database provides full text for more than 300 of the top scholarly journals. Updated daily.
Coverage: 1922-present.

 

China Academic Journals (Traditional Chinese language version)

China Academic Journals (Simplified Chinese language version)

China Academic Journals (English language version)

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Access on and off-campus (select China Academic Journals). An access problem to some of the journals in this collection has been reported to the publisher - this is being urgently investigated. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. 24/07/2020.

Description:

Full-text database of 10,243 China academic journals covering all subject areas in science, technology, medicine, arts, humanities and social sciences. The database consists of 10 series which are further divided into 168 subjects. Edinburgh University users have access to all these. Some journals date back to the first issue in 1915.  Articles are in simplified Chinese in PDF format. The database is fully searchable in simplified Chinese by article title, journal title, author, and keyword in the full texts across all the journals and all the subjects. Searching in English will also retrieve a certain number of articles which have English abstracts. The default database platform is in English, but you can easily switch it to the Chinese interface at the top right corner. User Guide is also downloadable from the button at the very top of the database screen.

Coverage: 1915 to present.
Note: The CNKI platform user manual can be found here.

 

China and the United States: From Hostility to Engagement, 1960-1998

Access information:

Access on and off-campus. The Library's subscription to this resource expires 31 December 2021.

Description:

This collection pulls together more than 2,000 documents concerning the relationship between the United States and China, emphasizing the pivotal years 1969-1998. The documents include memos, cables, and studies of the bilateral relationship; records on U.S.-PRC security ties and scientific association with the PRC; intelligence estimates; and studies of the PRC's foreign policy objectives, military capabilities, and internal conditions. The documents were obtained through the Freedom of Information Act from the State Department, Defense Department, Commerce Department, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Central Intelligence Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, Pacific Command, and the military services.

 

China Core Newspapers

(access to index level content only)

Access information:

Access on and off-campus. Access to index level content only.

Description: A full-text database of articles from 633 newspapers in China. Updated daily. Although we have not purchased the full-text access, searching for bibliographical information is free.
Coverage: 2000 to present.
Note: The CNKI platform user manual can be found here.

 

China Culture and Society

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Description:

Spanning three centuries (c. 1750-1929), this resource makes available for the first time extremely rare pamphlets from Cornell University Library’s Charles W. Wason Collection on East Asia, one of the oldest and most distinctive collections of its kind and a very rich source for research on China for teachers and students from undergraduate-level to research-level and beyond.  Digitised in its entirety and in full colour, the Wason collection of c. 1,200 pamphlets encompasses speeches, guides, reports, essays, catalogues, magazine articles and other material addressing Chinese history, culture, and everyday life. The resource is full-text searchable, allowing for the collection to be comprehensively explored and studied. The wide variety of research interests and themes covered by the pamphlets include education, emigration, the foreign presence, missionaries, wars, rebellion, reform, opium, healthcare and language. 

 

China Doctoral and Masters Dissertations Full-text Database

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Access on and off-campus (select China Doctor/Master Dissertations Full-Text Database). An access problem to some of the content in this collection has been reported to the publisher - this is being urgently investigated. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. 24/07/2020.

Description: The database consists of two parts: China Doctoral Dissertations and China Masters’ Theses. They contain thousands of such texts from higher education institutions and research institutes in China since 1984, in the broad subject areas in arts, humanities and social sciences, including art, literature, language, history, philosophy, military affairs, law, education, economics and management. Coverage of dissertations and theses from top universities and research institutes, including "985 Project" and "211 Project" universities and Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, is almost complete. The database is cross-searchable with China Academic Journals which we also subscribe to.
Coverage: 1984 onwards
Note: The CNKI platform user manual can be found here.

 

Chinese Foreign Policy Database

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: The Chinese Foreign Policy Database enhances the ability of contemporary observers and historians to gain broader perspectives on Chinese policies. Curating 1000s of documents from Chinese and international archives, it offers insights into China’s foreign policy since 1949 and its relationship to ideology, revolution, the economy, and traditional Chinese culture. The Database is generously supported by the MacArthur Foundation.

 

China Law Info (Chinese language version)

Access Information: Access on and off campus
Description: Also known as Beida fabao, China Law Info is a bilingual database for China legal documents and information. The database provides both the original Chinese version and the English translation of China laws and regulations, judicial cases, tax treaties, white papers, law journals and gazettes, as well as other China legal information such as legal news and legislative/regulatory updates. The database is updated daily. .
Note: The English version can also be accessed from the Chinese version by clicking the menu button ‘English’. All the English translations are accompanied by their original Chinese texts and the English and Chinese texts can be displayed side by side. All the documents can be read online or downloaded by clicking the ‘Download’ button in the top right corner.

 

Access information: Available on campus and off campus.
Description: This is a digital library of some 710,000 Chinese e-books covering all subjects of learning. The Library has purchased no more than 1,000 e-books from this database. All the titles, whether purchased or not, can be searched and contents displayed. Purchased items can be read in full text in their entirety while other items are available as full text for the first 17 pages.
  We will continue to purchase more items on user recommendation. If you see anything important to you, click on ‘tuijian’ (recommend) and the whole book will be available within a week.  Chinese e-books from this database are not yet listed in DiscoverEd.

 

Chinese Foreign Policy Database

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: The Chinese Foreign Policy Database enhances the ability of contemporary observers and historians to gain broader perspectives on Chinese policies. Curating 1000s of documents from Chinese and international archives, it offers insights into China’s foreign policy since 1949 and its relationship to ideology, revolution, the economy, and traditional Chinese culture. The Database is generously supported by the MacArthur Foundation.

 

Chinese Newspapers Collection (1832-1953)

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: The database provides access to the full text of about a dozen English language newspapers published in China during the said period. It includes historical local, regional and national news on a wide range of issues of the day. The database is cross searchable with other ProQuest historical newspapers or with all the ProQuest databases we have purchased or subscribed to.
Coverage: 1832-1953

 

Chinese Periodical Full-text Database (1911-1949)

Access information: Access on and off campus.  If the database becomes too slow please try switching to http://www.ezproxy.is.ed.ac.uk/login?url=http://www.cnbksy.cn
Description: The database currently consists of eleven series, containing the full text of more than 10,000 periodicals published during this important Minguo (i.e. Republic of China) period. it is cross searchable with the Late Qing Dynasty Full-text Periodicals 1833-1911.
Further information User manual can be downloaded here 

 

 

Chosun Ilbo Archive

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description:

One of the major newspapers in South Korea, available in PDF format.

Coverage: 1920 to present
Userguide:

Guide for Chosun Ilbo Archive (ENG)

Guide for Chosun Ilbo Archive (KOR)

 

Access information: Available on and off campus.
Description:

CiNii (Scholarly and Academic Information Navigator, pronounced like "sigh-knee") is a database service which can be searched with academic information of articles, Books, Journals & Dissertations. It is available free of charge for anyone.

CiNii Articles enables you to search information on academic articles published in academic society journals, university research bulletins or articles included in the National Diet Library's Japanese Periodicals Index Database. About CiNii Articles

CiNii Books enables you to search information of books and journals held by university libraries in Japan. About CiNii Books

CiNii Dissertations enables you to search information on dissertations written for doctoral degrees in Japan conferred by Japanese Universities and the National Institute for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation. About CiNii Dissertations

 

Access information: Access on and off campus (Choose [IP access] next to The Complete Classics Collection of Ancient China at the top of the page).
Description: The digital edition of the great encyclopedic compendium of the most important classics of China. The original printed copy was completed in 1726, consisting of 6 series and 6109 titles and covering nearly every subject in pre-18th century China such as astronomy, geography, history, philosophy, literature, politics, economy, art, education, agriculture, medicine. Contents are displayed in both text and image formats, and are fully searchable in traditional Chinese characters.
  The compendium is the biggest of its kind in the world (only exceeded in scope by another Chinese encyclopedia, the 15th century Yong Le Da Dian most of which had been destroyed during wars). Ideal for quickly looking up most topics relating to pre-18th century China.

 

 

Confidential U.S. State Department Central Files - Asia 

 

Access information: Access on and off campus. The Library's subscription to this resource expires 31 December 2021.
Description This module focuses on those U.S. State Department Files that have not been microfilmed by the National Archives or distributed by other publishers. It contains a wide range of sensitive materials from U.S. diplomats in foreign countries: reports on political, military, and socioeconomic matters; interviews and minutes of meetings with foreign government officials; important letters, instructions, and cables sent and received by U.S. diplomatic personnel; and reports and translations from foreign journals and newspapers. Topics in the third module, Asia, cover the Cultural Revolution in China, and relations between Buddhists and the Vietnamese government.

 

The Database for the History of Contemporary Chinese Political Movements, 1949-

Access information:

Access on or off campus.

Description:

The database provides full-text primary source materials relating to the Chinese political movements after the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949: the Political Campaigns in the 1950s from Land Reform to Public-Private Cooperation (1949-1956), the Anti-Rightist Campaign (1957–), the Great Leap Forward and the Great Famine (1958-1964), and the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). Sources include government documents, directives, bulletins, speeches by Mao Zedong and other officials, major newspaper and magazine editorials, and other types of documents. All the documents are in Chinese, but the database platform can be switched to English where document titles can be browsed in English.

Further details: For more information on this database, please visit the Chinese University Press website.

 

DBpia

Access information: Access on or off campus.
Description:

Korean language full text database of about 2,000 Korean scholarly journals in 12 different fields of society, literature, economics & business, medical science, humanities, theology, law & administration, arts, engineering, natural science, and education. All the back issues of each journal title are available. The database is fully searchable by article title, author, keyword, journal title and publisher.

 

Diaolong Complete Si Ku Series

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Description:

Diaolong Complete Si Ku Series is a comprehensive collection of ancient and pre-modern Chinese books from the pre-Qin Dynasty period (221 BC) up to the end of Qing Dynasty (1911).  It contains about 14,000 titles of ancient books covering historical, political, economic, religious, philosophic, literary, ethnic and geographic documents. “Si Ku” means “four branches of learning”, i.e. Jing (Confucian classics), Shi (history) , Zi (philosophy), Ji (literature). This database is composed of the following 5 series which provide the fundamentals of Chinese ancient books printed up to 1911.

  • Si ku quan shu (四庫全書, meaning “Complete Library in the Four Branches of Learning”, manuscript completed in 1792, hitherto abbreviated as SKQS) is the greatest collection of ancient books in China's history which was compiled from 1773 to 1793 under Qianlong Emperor of Qing Dynasty. It encompasses 3,503 titles or 79,337 volumes of works on all subjects organised into the four broad categories. This collection has special significance in the histories of cultural texts and academic thought in China.
  • Xu xiu si ku quan shu (續修四庫全書) is the sequel to SKQS. As a key national publication project (1994-2002) in China, it is the outcome of a nation-wide collection of Chinese ancient books on the largest scale since the 18th century imperial project which lead to the creation of SKQS. Xu xiu si ku quan shu contains works which had not been collected by SKQS and the works written since the completion of the latte in the late 18th century.  This sequel database contains the digitised version of 5,443 book titles consisting of 1,800 volumes (260 in Jing category, 670 in Shi category, 370 in Zi category, and 500 in Ji category), i.e. 51% more content than that of SKQS.
  • Si ku wei shou shu (四庫未收書) is a collection of ancient books that were discovered all over the country after the completion of SKQS by Emperor Qianlong. This collection was in turn presented during the reign of Emperor Jiaqing. According to " Si ku wei shou shu Lists" edited by Qing Dynasty Chief Editor Yuan Ruan, the collection includes 167 kinds of books that were not accepted when SKQS was re-edited. The collection was published in 300 volumes in 1997. The current reorganised digital version contains 167 titles of books.
  • Quan si ku cun mu (全四庫存目)  is a collection of ancient books that were deliberately excluded from SKQS by Emperor Qianlong’s governance as being unsuitable for Qing Dynasty values. A Chinese national project (1992-1997) brought together over 4,000 titles of ancient books from 116 libraries in China and abroad, the result was the published reprints of 4,508 titles under the series title Si ku quan shu cun mu cong shu (四庫全書存目叢書) in 1,200 volumes. The current reorganised digital version contains 4,561 titles.  
  • Si ku jin hui shu (四庫禁毀書) is a collection of ancient books that were regarded, during the editing of SKQS, as violating Qing Dynasty’s governance and therefore were prohibited or destroyed. According to the Qing Dynasty Military Machinery Department, "Classification of Destroyed Book Lists", 621 kinds of books were destroyed. The surviving copies of the destroyed books were re-collected and published in 300 volumes in 1997. The current reorganised digital version contains 620 titles of books.

 

Digital Archive of Rare Books

Access information:

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Description:

Digital archive of nearly 4,000 volumes (505 titles) of Chinese rare books out of the total collection of 25,880 volumes at the National Taiwan Normal University Library.  

 

Digital Dictionary of Buddhism

Access information: Access on and off campus
Description: The Digital Dictionary of Buddhism [DDB] is a compilation of Chinese terms, texts, temple, schools, persons, etc. found in Buddhist canonical sources. Entries range from short glossary entries, to full-length encyclopaedic articles.

 

Dissertations and Theses

Access information: Access on or off campus.
Description: Full-text of doctoral dissertations and master's theses from more than 700 universities worldwide.
Coverage: From 1861 to date.

 

Dong-A Ilbo

Access information: Access on campus only.
Description:

One of the major newspapers in South Korea, available in PDF format.

Coverage 1920 to present
User guide:

Guide for Dong A Ilbo Archive (ENG)

Guide for Dong A Ilbo Archive (KOR)

 

Duxiu

Access information: Access available on campus and off campus via the VPN.
Description:

Duxiu provides the bibliographical and full text level search for several million Chinese resources including books, journal and newspaper articles, dissertations and conference proceedings. The table of contents and a small proportion of the body text can be read instantly by clicking on search results.

You can also obtain more or the whole of the full text content by using the online “document delivery service” on the database platform: at the document request window, fill in page range you want to have along with your email address then send your request. The delivery normally takes 3-5 minutes to arrive. You can request up to 50 pages or no more than 20% of any book per week, which ever is greater. Journal and newspaper articles can usually be received in full at one go.

Further information: Please refer to the User Guide for further help - Duxiu User Guide (PDF).

 

Ethnologue : Languages of the World

Access Access on campus.
Description An authoritative resource that brings together more data than any other resource of its kind, Ethnologue contains the profiles of the current 7,099 living languages of the world.  Regularly updated, Ethnologue provides in depth information covering the number of speakers of languages, location, dialects, usage statistics, linguistic affiliations and autonyms. In addition to living languages, Ethnologue also contains data on languages which have gone out of use since the first appearance of the publication 66 years ago.

 

Access information: Access on and off-campus.
Description:

Foreign Office Files for China provides access to the digitised archive of British Foreign Office files dealing with China, Hong Kong and Taiwan between 1919 and 1980. The complete files consist of six parts. We have purchased full content for the following six parts: 1919−1929: Kuomingtang, CCP and the Third International; 1930−1937: The Long March, Civil War in China and the Manchurian Crisis; 1938-1948: Open Door, Japanese war and the seeds of communist victory; 1949-1956: The Communist revolution; 1957-1966: The Great Leap Forward; 1967-1980: The Cultural Revolution.

The formerly restricted British government documents include diplomatic dispatches, letters, newspaper cuttings, maps, reports of court cases, biographies of leading personalities, summaries of events and other diverse materials.  More information on this resource can be found at http://www.archivesdirect.amdigital.co.uk/FO_China/Introduction

Coverage:

1919−1929: Kuomingtang, CCP and the Third International.

1930−1937: The Long March, Civil War in China and the Manchurian Crisis.

938-1948: Open Door, Japanese war and the seeds of communist victory.

1949-1956: The Communist revolution.

1957-1966: The Great Leap Forward.

1967-1980: The Cultural Revolution.

 

Access Information: Access on and off campus.
Description: Gunsho Ruiju is a collection of old Japanese books published from the ancient times to early Edo era. Subjects cover history, literature, religion, language, customs, art, music, cultivated arts, education, morality, legal codes, politics, economy, society and many other topics. Many textual sources are only available in this collection. This is an important primary resource for the study of classical Japanese culture.
Coverage: The collection consists of three parts: Gunsho Ruiju, Zoku Gunsho Ruiju, and Zoku Zoku Gunsho Ruiju. The number of volumes for each part is as follows: Gunsho Ruiju: 133 volumes, 1276 digitally compiled books and sources. Zoku Gunsho Ruiju: 86 volumes, 2,128 digitally compiled books and sources. Zoku Zoku Gunsho Ruiju: 17 volumes, 350 digitally compiled books and sources.
Note: Website also offers english translation of some of the content.
 

Guo cui xue bao Full-text Database (1905-1911)

Access information:

Access on and off campus.

Description:

This database contains the page images of all the issues of the monthly magazine Guo cui xue bao (meaning “Essence of Chinese culture”) published between 1905-1911 by the Guoxue Preservation Society, founded in 1904 by the Chinese conservative intellectuals Deng Shi, Huang Jie and Zhang Taiyan. This society aimed to preserve the essence of Chinese culture. All articles were written in classical Chinese and cover various fields such as politics, history, geography, art, etc.

 

Image System for Books of Japanese Ruled Period

Access information:

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Description:

The National Taiwan Library has a collection of over 160,000 volumes of unique Japanese books, periodicals and newspapers which were 9originally stored in the Governor’s Office of the Japanese Government during the Japanese occupation period and the Southern Archives. The Library also holds a collection of 60.000 volumes of Chinese books from the Ming and Qing dynasties. The former collection of Japanese items has been micro-filmed and also partly digitised.

This database provides the digitised books and documents part of the collection, covering a broad range of topics about the old Taiwan, e.g. history, education, politics, economy and production, etc. Items are chiefly in Japanese, some in Chinese and English.

Newspapers and periodicals are found in the separate database of “Image System for Periodicals of Japanese Ruled Period”. 

 

Image System for Periodicals of Japanese Ruled Period

Access information:

Access on and off campus.

Description:

The National Taiwan Library (國立台灣圖書館) has a collection of over 160,000 volumes of unique Japanese books, periodicals and newspapers which were originally stored in the Governor’s Office of the Japanese Government during the Japanese occupation period and the Southern Archives. The Library also holds a collection of 60.000 volumes of Chinese books from the Ming and Qing dynasties. The former collection of Japanese items has been micro-filmed and also partly digitised.

This database provides the digital archive of over 300 periodicals and newspapers of this collection, covering a wide range of topics.

Books and documents are found in separate database “Image System for Books of Japanese Ruled Period”.

 

Immigration: Records of the INS, 1880-1930

Access information: Access on and off campus. The Library's subscription to this resource expires 31 December 2021.
Description: Immigration: Records of the INS, 1880-1930 presents the investigations made during the massive immigration wave at the turn of the 20th century. The files cover Asian immigration, especially Japanese and Chinese migration, to California, Hawaii, and other states; Mexican immigration to the U.S. from 1906-1930; and European immigration. There are also extensive files on the INS’s regulation of prostitution and white slavery and on suppression of radical aliens.

 

Access information. Available on or off campus.  The Library's subscription to this resource expires 31 December 2021.
Description. This collection pulls together more than 2,000 primary source documents detailing the relationship between the United States and Japan during the formative years of their modern alliance. The set includes records of historic U.S.-Japanese summit meetings; communications between heads of state; top-level internal deliberations; memos, cables, and studies concerning U.S. diplomatic relations with Japan; records on the U.S.-Japan security relationship; documents related to trade and international monetary relations with Japan; and intelligence estimates and studies examining Japan's foreign policy objectives, military capabilities, economic policies, and internal situation. 

 

Access information. Available on or off campus.  The Library's subscription to this resource expires 31 December 2021.
Description. This important compilation examines relations between the United States and Japan during the Carter, Reagan, and Bush I presidencies. This was the period when the Cold War drew to a close and U.S. policymakers strove to develop a new global strategy. Incorporating the latest U.S. government releases, obtained largely through the Freedom of Information Act, this collection significantly enriches the historical record. White House, State Department, Pentagon, Commerce Department, CIA and other documents, virtually all of them previously classified, cover all the major issues from this critical period, including high-level diplomatic, military, and economic relations. 

 

Access information. Available on or off campus.  The Library's subscription to this resource expires 31 December 2021.
Description. This important compilation examines relations between the United States and Japan during the Carter, Reagan, and Bush I presidencies. This was the period when the Cold War drew to a close and U.S. policymakers strove to develop a new global strategy. Incorporating the latest U.S. government releases, obtained largely through the Freedom of Information Act, this collection significantly enriches the historical record. White House, State Department, Pentagon, Commerce Department, CIA and other documents, virtually all of them previously classified, cover all the major issues from this critical period, including high-level diplomatic, military, and economic relations. 
 
Access information. Available on or off campus.  2 simultaneous users.
Description. Japan Knowledge is a portal to Japanese encyclopedias and dictionaries as well as databases for Japanese weekly journals and books. Contents include the Kodansha Encyclopedia of Japan, Encyclopedia Nipponica, the Biographical Dictionary of Japan, Japanese-English/English-Japanese Dictionaries, Dictionary of Contemporary Words, Imidas (Innovative Multi-Information Dictionary), Shogakukan Unabridged Dictionary of the Japanese Language, Jitsu/Great Dictionary of Chinese Characters, Digital Dai-ji-sen Japanese Dictionary, Weekly Economist, Japanese Company Handbook, JK Who’s Who, and NNA Global Business News from Asia and Europe. Books include Toyo Bunko and Shogakukan Japanese Classical Literature.

 

Japan Times Archive

Access information: Available on or off-campus.
Description:

Founded in 1897, The Japan Times is the oldest English-language newspaper in Japan. It has been published to promote mutual understandings between Japan and other countries. This newspaper Includes unique articles that cannot be read in Japanese-language newspapers. The Japan Times Archives provides full-text access to issues from March 1897 to December 2018, and the Japan times Online (free version) includes articles from 1999 to present. Use Factiva if you encounter access restrictions to the current year.

Coverage: 1897 to present.

 

 

Access information: Access on campus and off campus.
Description: The Library has purchased 56 Japanese e-books which are accessible on the EBSCOhost e-Book Collection platform. The current selected titles focus on Japanese language and grammar. The texts are in PDF format. The collection will grow as we add more Japanese e-books into the database.

 

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: Full-text journal archive service providing access to complete back runs of all the scholarly journals currently available in JSTOR. Recent volumes are excluded, usually the last 3-5 years, but each year a further year is added to the archive. Each title is listed in DiscoverEd.
Coverage

The collections currently available are:

  • Arts & Sciences 1-15;
  • Biological Sciences;
  • Health & General Sciences;
  • Ireland;
  • Lives of Literature;
  • Life Sciences;

The 19th Century British Pamphlets Collections is also available via JSTOR.  Userguides to the various collections can be found at https://guides.jstor.org

 

Access: Access on and off campus.
Description:

Full-text database of scholarly articles mainly in Korean, published in some 3,500 journals from 1,200 research institutions in Korea, covering a wide range of subjects in art, humanities, linguistics, social science, medicine, pharmacy, engineering, natural science, physical education, agricultural science, and oceanography.

Note: Recommended browser: Chrome
Userguides: KISS manual for PC (KOR); KISS manual for mobile device (KOR)

 

Access: Access on and off campus.
Description:

THe oldest and most influential English-language newspaper in Korea, The Korea Times is globally recognized for its coverage of international business, economic and financial news – historically through contemporary times – as well as its perspective on regional issues and events. From South Korea’s diplomatic relationship with its neighbors such as China, Russia and Japan, to the nuclear crisis in North Korea and relations between Korea and the U.S., The Korea Times provides a broad overview of issues over time. It offers deeper insight and analysis of such critical events as the April Revolution of 1960; the Vietnam War; the attempted assassination South Korean President Park Chung-hee; the Axe Murder Incident in 1976, in which two US Army officers were killed by North Korean soldiers in the DMZ; and the end of the Cold War. Contemporary coverage serves as a window into modern politics, society, economy, and culture in Korea, including the controversial rule of Kim Jong II and Kim Jong-un in North Korea. This diverse, easily-accessible source material is an invaluable tool for efficient research by users in history, international relations, Korean studies, economics and more.

 

Access: Access on and off campus.
Description:

Korean language e-book database on Koreanology (or Korean Studies) and liberal arts. The database also includes reference resources such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, guidebooks, bibliographies, and historical records.

 

Access: Access on and off campus.
Description:

Provides 5,400 full-text e-books on arts, language, literature, history, philosophy, religion, social sciences, natural science, technology, and subjects. The books can be read by clicking the [본문읽기] button. Note: Please ignore the prices which are for purchasing printed books only.

Userguides: KSI e-book guide (ENG) and 

How To Read KSI e-book [see attached]

 

Access information: Available on and off campus.
Description: The database contains the full text of over 300 periodicals published in the late Qing Dynasty of China. This represents an almost complete collection of the Chinese periodical publications during that period, the beginning of such literature in China. It is an important resource on the history, literature and social conditions of the late Qing dynasty. It is cross searchable with Chinese Periodical Full-text Database (1911-1949).

 

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Description: Digital archive of 51 periodicals published in the late Qing Dynasty between 1840-1911, provided by the National Central Library of Taiwan. See also Late Qing Dynasty Full Text Database 1833-1911 (from Shanghai Library) which is also in the Databases A-Z list.

 

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Description: “NDLTD-Taiwan“ provides over 1,000,000 abstracts and more than 420,000 full-text digital copies of theses and dissertations of colleges and universities in Taiwan from 1956 to the present, covering the disciplines of the sciences, engineering, agriculture, medicine, the humanities and social sciences and continues to promote the concept of free access to unauthorized materials. Search by traditional Chinese characters or transliteration in pinyin. To access the database, users need to register to create an individual account. Provided by the National Central Library of Taiwan. See also: China Doctoral and Masters Dissertations Full-text Database which is also in the Databases A-Z list, on the C page.

 

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Description: The National Social Sciences Database of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) provides free access to over 10 million articles in over two thousand academic journals in China, 80 of which are published by the CASS itself. The database covers a wide range of subjects in humanities and social sciences such as politics, law, economics, philosophy, history, etc. Charles Aylmer (Cambridge) has provided a list of these journal titles in alphabetical pinyin order on the CrossAsia platform. Clicking on a title gives direct access to the full text journal. Please note that if you access the database outside the University of Edinburgh network or without your University Login, individual registration will be necessary for downloading articles.

 

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Description: Naver News Library is a full-text Korean newspaper article database containing the following four major newspapers: Tonga ilbo (Dong-A ilbo) 1920-1999; Kyŏnghyang sinmun (Kyunghyang Shinmun) 1946-1999; Maeil kyŏngje sinmun (Maeil Business Newspaper) 1966-1999; and Han’gyŏre (The Hankyoreh ) 1988-1999.
  The database is full text searable with three display options - original text, Han'gul version text and original images.

 

Nikkei Telecom

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Description: Nikkei Telecom is an essential resource for various kinds of studies such as economics, politics, sociology and Japanese language. It gives access to a great number of Nikkei newspaper articles from 1975 to the present. Full newspaper images of Nihon Keizai Shimbun from the first issue in 1876 to issues published in 1974 are also available. The database also contains hundreds of daily news articles in English published by Nikkei Inc. and Dow Jones & Company Inc. An English Archive Search is available for Nikkei Asian Review and major Nikkei newspaper articles. In addition to news articles, Nikkei Telecom offers various aspects of business information related to Japanese economy, such as profile information of major Japanese companies, personnel information of executives, Nikkei's survey data, macroeconomic statistics, etc.
Coverage: 1876 to the present

 

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Description: The English North China Herald is universally acclaimed as the prime printed source in any language for the history of the foreign presence in China from around 1850 to the 1940s.
  During this so-called ‘treaty century’ (1842-1943) the Great Western Powers established a strong presence in China through their protected enclaves in the major cities. It was published in Shanghai, at the heart of China’s dealing with the Euro-American world and a city at the forefront of developments in Chinese politics, culture, education and the economy.
  As the official journal for British consular notifications, and announcements of the Shanghai Municipal Council, it is the first – and sometimes only – point of reference for information and comment on a range of foreign and Chinese activities.

 

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Description:

Developed cooperatively with scholars worldwide, Oxford Bibliographies offers exclusive, authoritative research guides. Combining the best features of an annotated bibliography and a high-level encyclopedia, this cutting-edge resource guides researchers to the best available scholarship across a wide variety of subjects.

Each subject area has an Editor in Chief, Editorial Board, and team of peer reviewers overseeing the development and updating of articles ensuring balanced perspective with scholarly accuracy and a robust updating program to keep researchers informed of advances in their field.

At the time of launch, each subject area includes approximately 50 articles; with an additional 50 to 75 articles added each year. New article topics are selected to ensure each subject area offers full and balanced coverage as determined by the Editor in Chief and Editorial Board, scholarly feedback, and research demand.

Coverage: The following modules are available to the University of Edinburgh - African American Studies, African Studies, American Literature, Anthropology, Biblical Studies, British and Irish Literature, Buddhism, Chinese Studies, Cinema & Media Studies, Classics, Criminology, Education, Hindu Studies, International Law, International Relations, Islamic Studies, Jewish Studies, Latin American, Linguistics, Literary and Critical Theory, Medieval Studies,  Music, Philosophy, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Victorian Literature.  See http://oxfordbibliographiesonline.com/obo/page/subject-list for individual module title lists.

 

Oxford Language Dictionaries

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Coverage: The following dictionaries are available: Arabic/English, English/Arabic, Chinese/English, English/Chinese, French/English, English/French; German/English, English/German; Spanish/English, English/Spanish; Italian/English, English/Italian, Russian/English, English/Russian.

 

People's Daily (From 1946-May 2012)

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Description: Complete archives of the People's Daily (Ren min ri bao) newspaper 1946- May 2012 and current subscription from June 2012- December 2016.  People's Daily is the most important official newspaper in China, recording social, economic and political life in the country.  The database can be browsed by date, and is searchable by date, article title, author, and keyword in the full text. This database is in simplified Chinese.
Coverage: For access to content from June 2012- December 2016, please follow the second link above.  2019 content is available from the third link above but please note this is a free (ie non-subscribed) source and is outwith the control of the Library.

 

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Description: Index to academic journals published in Taiwan, and some journals published in Hong Kong and Macao since 1970. It covers approximately 4800 kinds of journals and more than 2.22 million articles. Some academic journals published before 1970 are also available. Provided by the National Central Library of Taiwan

 

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Description: These files represent a large portion of the archives of the British-run municipal police force based in Shanghai's former International Settlement. This self-governing area was administered not by the Chinese but by the international group of merchants and bankers who paid the taxes and controlled the municipal council. The Special Branch of the Shanghai Municipal Police was charged with providing an orderly environment for Shanghai's foreign trade and commerce.
Coverage: 1894-1945

 

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Description: Digital archive of more than 12,000 rare books held by the National Central Library of Taiwan, covering classical literature, history and philosophy, and nearly half of them were from the Ming dynasty. These first-hand ancient documents and historical materials are conducive to the studies on Chinese ancient society, culture and economy. 

 

Shen Bao Digital Archive

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Description:

The Shen Bao newspaper (1872-1949) was the most influential and longest lasting commercial Chinese newspaper published in Shanghai before the establishment of the People’s Republic. The digital archive presents the complete collection of all issues, containing 2 million articles. The database is full-text searchable and the articles can be displayed with in text and image formats. 

 

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Description: Sinica Sinoweb provides full-text access to the archive of 14 journals from Taiwan’s highly distinguished Academia Sinica, with the earliest dating back to as early as 1928

 

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Description: Part of Web of Science Core Collection. Indexes 2,100 core journals in all areas of the social sciences, plus relevant items from 3,500 scientific and technical journals. Contains over 2.3 million records.
Coverage: 1990 onwards.

 

South China Morning Post

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Description:

Give international reserachers new insights into Hong Kong’s unique political and social history during the 20th century with online access to the South China Morning Post. This premier English-language title is known for its authoritative, influential, and independent reporting on all of Asia as well as its perspective of the rest of the world. This premier English-language historical newspaper from China advances research in the following areas, and more: • Chinese Revolution that overthrew the Qing Dynasty, China’s last imperial dynasty. • Spread of the bubonic plague and adoption of the Peak Reservation Ordinance. • Battle of Hong Kong in December, 1941, which led to the Japanese occupation during World War II. • Reestablishment of the British colonial government after the end of the war. • Communist Revolution in China in 1949. • Industrialization and economic growth of Hong Kong. In addition to the article content, this rare archive provides the big picture with full-image views of every page, cover to cover. And, every part of every page is searchable, including advertisements, editorials, cartoons, and classified ads that illuminate history as much as the articles. Curriculum Focus • Anthropology • Asian/Chinese Studies • Business • Communication • Communist Studies • Culture • Government • History • Human Development • International Studies • Journalism • Literature • Marketing • Media Studies • Political Science • Sociology

 

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Description:

A digital collection of critical texts and primary sources that span the breadth of Eastern religious thought, from the 19th to 21st century  Explore the doctrines of Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, and Jainism, and the topics of the afterlife, dharma, incarnation, karma, Maya, meditation, mindfulness, reincarnation, sacred texts, and Zen.

 

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Description. Union catalogue of Chinese rare books held in 82 national, public and university libraries around the world.

 

United States and the Two Koreas, 1969-2000

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Description: The National Security Archive's collection on U.S.-Korean relations covers the full range of diplomatic, security, and economic ties between Washington and Seoul, and the challenges to the U.S. posed by an adversarial North Korea. It spans events from the Nixon administration's response to the April 15, 1969 downing, by North Korean MiG-17s, of a U.S. EC-121 reconnaissance plane over the Sea of Japan, to efforts during the Clinton years to deter Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions. The collection contains approximately 1,800 records released by the State Department, the Pentagon, the Central Intelligence Agency, and other agencies, as well as historical material compiled through research at the National Archives and the presidential libraries.

 

United States and the Two Koreas, Part II

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Description: This second tranche on U.S.-Korean relations covers, as did Part One, the full range of diplomatic, security, and economic ties between the United States and its ally, South Korea; and the challenges to the U.S. posed by an adversarial North Korea. The documents – obtained and selected since the publication of Part One – add significant breadth and depth to the Archive’s coverage of events and issues from Nixon into the first Obama administration. The collection contains 1,634 records originating with the State Department, the Pentagon, the Central Intelligence Agency, and other agencies, including key documents from the WikiLeaks database.
Coverage: 1969-2010

 

US Intelligence and China: Collection, Analysis and Covert Action

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Description:

This, the second collection on China, includes more than 2,300 documents providing new insights into various aspects of U.S. intelligence operations against Beijing. The finished intelligence resulting from these activities addressed a diversity of topics, from military capabilities to domestic policies, which was critical in helping to shape U.S. policy toward the emerging world power. This collection provides insights into all these operations, revealing U.S. concerns about its rival, China, and its ally, Taiwan. The set was assembled from materials originating from a variety of intelligence organizations.

 

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Description.

Full text database of Yomiuri Shimbun, one of the most influential daily newspapers in Japan, from the first issue in 1874 to the present. The database also includes Regional Sections (Showa Era, 昭和の地域版), the English edition, The Daily Yomiuri, from 1989 to the present (by selecting ‘English’ on the upper right side of the homepage), as well as biographical information on some 26,000 people.  Updated daily.

Note: 5 concurrent users, please logout when finished.  To save articles, use Chrome browser and select print to pdf function.
Userguide: https://database.yomiuri.co.jp/rekishikan/pdfinfoView.action?pdfinfoId=27&location=index