Asia Resources


Subject Search Terms Examples:

  • Asia; Asia ‘+’ (i.e. Economic Conditions; Ethnology; History; Politics and Government; Social Conditions)
  • Eurasia
  • Asia West (or North, Northeast, East, Southern, Central); Asia West ‘+’ (see the first example)
  • Specific Country on the Asian continent (i.e. Vietnam; ‘Vietnam’  ‘+’; ‘India’ ‘+’).
  • Zen Buddhism

Keyword Search Terms Examples:

  • Mao
  • Cambodia Genocide
  • Himalaya

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias


Encyclopedia of Asian History 4 Vols. REF DS31 .E53 1988
The Encyclopedia of Eastern Philosophy and Religion:
Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Zen
REF BL1005 .L4813 1989
The Far East and Australasia
Main Collection 1975-76 and 1981-82;
1989-2002 can be found in Oversize Collection
REF DS1 .F3 2012
Historical Atlas of South-East Asia REF G2361.S1 H5 1995
International Historical Statistics:
Africa, Asia & Oceania, 1750-1993
REF HA4675 .M552 1998


Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Women:
The Qing Period, 1644-1911
REF HQ1767.5 .A3 B56 1998
Biographical Dictionary of Republican China 5 Vols.  REF DS778 .A1 B5
The Cambridge Encyclopedia of China  REF DS705 .C35 1991
Cultural Atlas of China REF DS721 .B56 1998
Encyclopedia of China:
The Essential Reference to China, its History and Culture
REF DS705 .P47 1999
Encyclopedia of the Chinese Overseas REF DS732 .E53 1999
Information China:
The Comprehensive and Authoritative Reference Source of New China. 3 Vols.
REF DS706 .I5 1988
Modern China: An Encyclopedia of History, Culture, and Nationalism REF JC311 .M54 1998


 Biographical Dictionary of Japanese History  REF DS 834 .B56 (1978)
 The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Japan  REF DS805 .C36 1993
 Japan: Profile of a Nation  REF DS 806 .J228 1999
 Kodansha Encyclopedia of Japan 9 Vols.   REF DS 805 .K633 1983
 Modern Japan: An Encyclopedia of History, Culture and Nationalism   REF DS 805 .M63 1998.


Conflict in Korea: An Encyclopedia REF DS916 .H62 1999
Encyclopedia of the Korean War:
a Political, Social, and Military History 3 Vols.
REF DS918 .E53 2000

 Russia and Former Soviet Republics

 Blackwell Encyclopedia of the Russian Revolution  REF DK265 .B54 1988
 Cambridge Encyclopedia of Russia and the Former Soviet Union  REF DK14 .C35 1994
 Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia  REF HC244 .A1 E293 2012
 Encyclopedia of Russian and Slavic Myth and Legend  REF BL930 .D58 1998
 Great Dates in Russian and Soviet History  REF DK36 .G74 1994
 Longman Biographical Directory of Decision-Makers in Russia and the Successor States   REF DK37 .L66 1993
 Modern Encyclopedia of Russian and Soviet History. 60 Vols. (+ 3 Vol. Suppl.)  REF DK36 .M55 1976 (and 1994)
 The Territories of the Russian Federation  REF DK293 .T47 1999


South Asia

 Cambridge Encyclopedia of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives  REF DS334.9 .C36 1989 
 Encyclopedia of India. 2 Vols.  REF DS405 .C47 1988
 The Hindu World; an Encyclopedic Survey of Hinduism. 2 Vols.

 REF BL1105 .W34 1968

Tirtha, the Treasury of Indian Expressions

REF DS423 .T54 1992



Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War  REF DS557.7 .E53 1996
Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War:
A Political, Social, and Military History
REF DS557.7 .E53 2000

Other Sources

Historical Dictionary of [specific Asian Country] Check catalog for call number.

Bibliographies are also available for many countries. Check catalog call number using the additional subject heading “Bibliography” (i.e. ‘India’ ‘Bibliography’).

Databases & Indexes







  • Search a data base such as ProQuest to find online issues.
  • Titles followed by Print may be found in the library’s Periodical Section and may also be found online.
  • The library has current issues of some but not all periodicals in the collection.
  • Acta Asiatica: Bulletin of the Institute of Eastern Culture Print
  • Asian Affairs
  • Asian Folklore Studies
  • Australian Journal of Chinese Affairs continues as The China Journal starting in with volume 34 (1995)
  • Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars Print Starting in 2001 continues as Critical Asian Studies
  • Canadian Slavic Studies Print continues as Canadian-American Slavic Studies with 6(1972)
  • China Quarterly
  • Contemporary South Asia
  • Contemporary Southeast Asia
  • East Asia
  • East Asian Executive Reports
  • Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies
  • India Today Print
  • Inside China Mainland
  • Japan Echo
  • Japan Quarterly
  • Journal of Asian American Studies
  • Journal of Asian Studies Print, Microfilm 16 (1956)-24 (1965) Previously The Far Eastern Quarterly Microfilm: 1(1941)-15(1956)
  • Journal of Contemporary Asia
  • Journal of Contemporary China
  • Journal of Southeast Asian Studies
  • Late Imperial China
  • Monumenta Nipponica Beijing Review
  • Pacific Affairs MICROFILM: 1(1928)-40(1968). Previously News Bulletin / Institute of Pacific Relations
  • Russian Review Print, Microfilm 1(1941)-25(1966)
  • SinoramaIndia Today Print
  • Soviet Life Print continues as “Russian Life with 36:1-3(1993
  • Soviet Studies Print continues as Europe-Asia Studies 45(1993)-48

Web Resources


Chinese and Japanese Art History
Information on symposia, conferences, grants and a listing of relevant websites for students of Chinese and Japanese art history

Contemporary Art in Vietnam
Information and images on the Arts in Vietnam. Included are paintings and sculptures.

Countries – Selected

Comprehensive metasite for China and Chinese Studies hosted at the Institute for Chinese Studies, University of Heidelberg. Subjects organized by Library of Congress call numbers to provide quick access to areas of interest. Individual sites are annotated and rated. In addition, the site is searchable and updated frequently.

A large guide with numerous sub categories for Japan. Currently over 2k web sites listed with brief annotation. Site maintained by the Stanford University US-Japan Technology Management Center.


E-Journal Directories

Asia and Pacific 

South Asia 





Asian History and Studies
Organized and hosted by H-Net, includes reviews and discussions with a searchable discussion archives. The stated purpose of H-ASIA “.is to enable historians and other Asia scholars to easily communicate current research and teaching interests; to discuss new articles, books, papers, approaches, methods and tools of analysis; to test new ideas and share comments and tips on teaching”.

Cambodian Genocide Program
Hosted at Yale, the Cambodian Genocide Program web site includes numerous searchable databases containing among other political document translations, a photo archive, documentation of grave sites and Democratic Kampuchean prisons and a detailed list of references and links.

Revelations from the Russian Archives
Online exhibit at the Library of Congress on new materials emerging after the opening of the Soviet archives in Russia. Provides descriptions and selected reprints of primary sources.


Asia Society 
Large metasite with an extensive web directory and special reports. The coverage includes all of Asia as well as the Asian American diaspora. From the the Asia Society, a nonprofit educational organization based in the United States that aims to foster awareness and understanding of the region in the US.

Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library
This metasite is from the Internet Publications Bureau, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at The Australian National University (ANU), Canberra and is part of the WWW Virtual Library project. Extensive listings with regional and country specific links. The site is updated regularly.


Asia Business Today
This directory links to commentaries and analysis on business-related topics, articles and speeches, breaking news articles, Asia job resources, and data on every Asian country by region in Country Listings. The site is a cooperative project of the Asia Society and CitiGroup.

Central Asia Resources
An excellent resource for Central Asia. Covers Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Browse by country and topic, and includes an extensive bibliography. From the Interactive Central Asia Resource Project.

Digital Himalaya Project
Ethnographic materials from the Himalayan region. Includes photographs, films, sound recordings, field notes, and texts from Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, and the Indian Himalayas (including Sikkim) and covers the early 20th century to the present. From the Social Anthropology Dept. at the University of Cambridge.

Digital South Asia Library
Numerous resources for this region from the Digital South Asia Library at the University of Chicago. Subjects include reference materials, images, statistics, maps and e-books.

Maps of Asia
A variety of related electronic maps from the map collection of the Perry-Castaneda Library, U Texas (Austin). Includes historical maps for the region.

Tibetan Studies Gateway
A metasite for Tibetan Studies providing numerous sub-categories and descriptions of individual links.


Asia Times Online
Reports on current events in Asia. The focus is on political and economic news, covering all major Asian regions. Included are also special sections on the global economy, the Asian crisis and media/information technology. Based in Bangkok, Thailand.

BBC News Asia-Pacific Section  and BBC News South Asia Section.  
Information on current events and in-depth background reports on recent developments in Southern Asia and the Far East.

The Irrawaddy Newsmagazine
An independent news publication, raises awareness about Burma-related issues through unbiased reporting from a Burmese perspective.

New York Times Asia-Pacific Section
The link takes you to the Asia – Pacific page on the international section of the New York Times. The site includes up to date information from the AP and Reuters.


Asian Human Rights Commission
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) based in Hong Kong  ‘seeks to promote greater awareness and realization of human rights in the Asian region, and to mobilize Asian and international public opinion to obtain relief and redress for the victims of human rights violations’. Details available for individual countries.

National Bureau of Asian Research
The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan institution that conducts advanced research on
policy-relevant issues in Asia, based in the US.

Political Resources on the Net
Political resources for individual countries in Asia. Information on respective national governments, parties and local political organizations.


Buddhist Studies
A wealth of information on Buddhism and Buddhist Studies, the site serves as a gateway to specific areas or topics within the field providing content information for specific sites. Integrated into the WWW Virtual Library Collection.