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.bjects 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.

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.

 

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

Access information: Access on and off-campus (select China Academic Journals)
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.

 

China Core Newspapers

(access to index level content only)

Access information:

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

Access on and off-campus to Full-text access on a trial basis until 31 July 2018.

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.
Trial Ends: 31/07/2018 - NB only Full-text access is on trial.
  Click here to provide trial feedback

 

China Culture and Society

Access information:

Access on and off campus

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

Access information: Access on and off-campus (select China Doctor/Master Dissertations Full-Text Database).
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

 

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: 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.

 

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.

 

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 four parts: 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.

However, files between 1919 and 1938 are also included in search results though only at the indexing level. 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:

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

 

Access information: Available on and off campus from GeNii.
Description: Comprehensive Japanese online resource provided by the National Institute of Informatics in Japan. It includes four sub-databases covering indexes of books, journal articles, theses, as well as database repository for academic research. Access is free, except for the full texts of academic papers in CiNii.

 

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.
 
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 which cannot be read in Japanese-language newspapers. The Japan Times Archives provides full-text access to issues from March 1897 to December 2013, and the Japan times Online includes articles from 1999 to present. Both resources are full text searchable.

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 campus or 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.
  The collections currently available are: Arts & Sciences 1-15; Biological Sciences; Health & General Sciences; Ireland and 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.

Userguides: KISS manual for PC (KOR); KISS manual for mobile device (KOR)

 

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).

 

Access information: Access on and off campus.
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

Access information: 2 concurrent users.  Access on and off campus.
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

 

Access information: Available on campus or off campus via VPN.
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.

 

Access information: Available on and off campus
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 - 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, 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

Access information: Access on and off campus.
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)

Access information: On-campus access. Access available off campus via VPN.
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.  2017 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.

 

Access: Access on and off campus.
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

 

Shen Bao Digital Archive

Access information:

Access on and off campus

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. 

 

Si Ku Quan Shu

Access information: Access on and off campus. Client software required.
  On campus: This resource can only be accessed via the Client Program. This program is available on all the open access lab computers across the University. From the Program list, click on “the electronic version of SKQS”. The Client Program will then be loaded. Click on the icon of this program in the task bar at the bottom of the page. When the program is opened, click on “IP Login”.
  Off campus/own PC: To access SKQS on your own laptop or desktop computer at home: Download and install the Client Program from here: http://us.subscriptionv3.skqs.com/skqs/download
  Once the client program is installed, open the program and select IP Login. Please ensure that you are within the University IP range either by using the university wireless network or the VPN connection.
  Currently, the database is not compatible with Apple operating systems, but it will work on Apple computers running Windows Parallels programs.  The Installation Guide available at http://www.eastview.com/Online/SikuDownload contains very important information regarding the technical requirements for user's pc, especially required language packages.
Description: Digital version of the definitive Wenyuange edition of Siku Quanshu, the great collection of Chinese classics compiled from 1773 to 1793 under Qianlong Emperor. It encompasses 3,503 titles or 79,337 volumes of works on all subjects divided into four broad categories. The East Asian Collection in the Main Library has a reprint of the complete collection bound in 1,500 volumes.  Further info at http://www.eastview.com/Files/EV%20DH%20SikuQuanshu.pdf

 

Access information: Access on and off campus.
  Not working? Try clearing your cookies.
  Or, use 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. 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.

 

Access information. Available on campus. Off campus access available using the VPN - see above link.
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