Major Research Tools

Asahi Shimbun Cross-Search (formerly Kikuzo II)

Full-Text, Reference, Visual Resource

Database of Japanese sources, including Asahi Shimbun, a major Japanese newspaper, from 1879-present (Full-text searching is available only from 1985 on). Also includes two weekly magazines, AERA and Shukan Asahi; a historical photo archive of 10,000 photos mostly taken in Asia during World War II; the pictorial magazine Asahi Graph (1923-45); two reference sources: Who's Who database and Dictionary Chiezo; and an English language news database.

Asian Life in America, Series 1 and 2

Coverage: 18th Century - Present

Collection of nearly 19,000 newspapers covering the experience and impact of Asian Americans as recorded by the American and international news media -- majority of titles are U.S.-based.

China Academic Journals Database


Full-text database of Chinese academic journals from a wide range of disciplines, including master's theses and dissertations in literature, history, and philosophy. Most of the articles are in Chinese, not English.

Historical Abstracts

Time period covered: 1450 to present; Publication coverage: 1955 to present

Indexes journal articles, book reviews, and dissertations on the history of the world, except the United States and Canada. Subjects include diplomatic history, economics, international relations, and political science.

Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Asian History


In depth articles on major topics and trends relating to the study of Asian history. Written (and periodically updated) by scholars and peer-reviewed.

South China Morning Post historical backfile


Coverage: 1903-2001

Electronic backfile of the South China Morning Post, an English-language newspaper published in Hong Kong, from the first issue through 2001.

Yomidas Rekishikan

Digital archive of The Yomiuri Shimbun, the leading Japanese daily newspaper. Covers the years 1874-present, and includes The Japan News, the English-language version of The Yomiuri Shimbun, from 1989-present.

Other Suggested Research Tools

AsianWeek Database Project


English language publication for Asian Pacific Americans published from 1979 to 2009.

Brill's Encyclopedia of Hinduism

Full-Text, Reference

Scholarly encyclopedia covering all aspects of the Hindu tradition.

China Biographical Database Project


Offers biographical information about individuals who lived in China, primarily from the 7th through 19th centuries. From Harvard University and Peking University.

China Data Center


Collection of major Chinese governmental data on the national, provincial, city, and county levels. Includes areas such as population, employment, industry, education, agriculture, trade, public health, and much more.

China Film Yearbook


Coverage: 1981-2011

Annual coverage of major Chinese film productions and events, including statistical data.

China, America and the Pacific


Primary sources connected to the trading and cultural relationships that emerged between China, America and the Pacific region between the 18th and early 20th centuries.

China: Culture and Society

Coverage: 1750-1929

Collection of pamphlets, mostly in English, on China and the Chinese in the Western world. From Cornell University Library’s Charles W. Wason Collection on East Asia.

China: Trade, Politics and Culture 1793-1980


English-language primary sources relating to China and the West, 1793-1980

Chinese Classics and Ancient Books Database 爱如生 基本古籍库


Digitized classical texts from the pre-Qin period to the Republican era, split across 4 subject areas: Philosophy and Science; History and Geography; Art and Literature; and General Works (including encyclopedias). Note: limited to 1 user at a time.

Digital National Security Archive


Collections of declassified documents covering US policy decisions around nuclear escalation and non-proliferation, the space race and military uses of space, and the Cuban missile crisis. Also includes collections of documents covering US foreign policy in relation to: Argentina; China; Colombia; Cuba; Mexico; South Africa; and North and South Korea.

Digital South Asia Library

Full-Text, Gateway

A digital collection of seminal South Asian reference and research materials, including historical dictionaries, photographs, maps, data, books, and newspapers. From the University of Chicago.

East Asia Image Collection

Visual Resource

The East Asia Image Collection is an open-access archive of digitized photographs, negatives, postcards, and slides of imperial Japan (1868-1945), its Asian empire (1895-1945) and occupied Japan (1947-52). Images of Taiwan, Japan, China, Korea, Manchuria, and Indonesia are included.

East India Company

Coverage: 1599-1947

Collection of India Office Records from the British Library charting the history of British trade and rule in the Indian subcontinent and beyond.

Empire Online


Primary sources charting the rise and fall of empires, from the explorations of Columbus, Captain Cook, and others to decolonization in the second half of the twentieth century. Includes perspectives from colonizers as well as indigenous peoples from Africa, India and North America.

Encyclopedia of Taiwan Studies Online

In-progress encyclopedia covering Taiwanese history, society, culture, economy, politics, and international relations. Note: all 600 entries expected to be completed by end of 2024.

Foreign Office Files for China, 1919-1980

Collection of all British Foreign Office files dealing with China, Hong Kong and Taiwan between 1919 and 1980.

Foreign Office Files for India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, 1947-1980

Collection of files from the British Foreign Office and Dominions Office focusing on the political and social history of India, Pakistan and Afghanistan from a British perspective.

Foreign Office Files for Japan

Collection of British Foreign Office files dealing with Japan between 1919 and 1952.

Historical Photographs of China

Visual Resource

Digitized photographs of modern China mostly from collections in private hands outside that country.

Humanities and Social Sciences Index Retrospective


Coverage: 1907-1984

Index of major journals in the humanities and social sciences.

Imperial Encyclopedia - 標點古今圖書集成


Also known as the Complete Classics Collection of Ancient China, a collection of thousands of years of knowledge covering science, history, the arts, politics, economics, and more, published during the Qing dynasty. Fully searchable, or can be browsed by chapter and section corresponding to the structure of the original texts.

India, Raj & Empire

Coverage: 1615-1947

Collection of primary documents detailing South Asian history as it relates to the British empire, from the establishment of the East India Company to the granting of independence to India and Pakistan.

Japan: Political And Economic Reports, 1906-1970


Reproductions of British diplomatic reports from Japan. Provides descriptions and assessments of Japanese international relations, internal political and economic affairs, and post-war civil and economic reconstruction following 1945.

KCI-Korean Journal Database

Full-Text, Index

Database of articles from multidisciplinary journals published in Korea. Can be searched in English or Korean.

Korea: Political And Economic Reports 1882–1970


Reproductions of British diplomatic reports on Korea. The 14-volume set covers the Korean monarchy, Japanese rule, the split into North and South Korea, and the Korean War.

Late Qing and Republican-Era Chinese Newspapers

Coverage: 1911-1949

Digital newspaper collection of 13 newspapers covering the years of transition from imperial rule to the establishment of the People’s Republic of China. Searchable in Chinese only.

Ling long Women's Magazine

Full-Text, Visual Resource

Digital version of Ling long Women's Magazine, published in Shanghai, China between 1931-1937, provided by Columbia University.

Meiji Japan

Coverage: 1858-1925

Digitized papers of Edward Morse, an American scientist who documented the daily life, natural history, and ethnology of Japan during his time living and working in Tokyo in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

South Asia Open Archives


Collection of historical and contemporary documents, books, and periodicals for the study of South Asia. In English and a variety of South Asian languages.

South Asian Newspapers

Coverage: 1850-2010

Open Access collection of 10 newspapers covering the British Raj, independence movements, early statehood and into the present day, across Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Most titles are in English, with one title each in Bengali, Dari, and Nepali.

Southeast Asia Visions


Collection of written and photographed experiences of Europeans and Americans who traveled to Southeast Asia during the period of imperialism. From the Cornell University Library.

Southeast Asian Newspapers

Coverage: 1839-1958

Digital collection of over 60 newspapers primarily from Indonesia, Philippines, and Vietnam. Languages include Vietnamese, English, French, Dutch, and a handful of titles in Filipino, Indonesian, Cebuano, Javanese, and more.

Taiwan: Political And Economic Reports 1861–1960


Reproductions of British diplomatic reports from Taiwan covering 100 years of Taiwanese history.

Taking India, How the Military Established Company Rule, 1752-1774


Digital archive of papers from two key East India Company employees. The papers cover the transfer of power from the Mughal Empire to the British Empire, including battles, hiring of Indians, and how these employees and their compatriots viewed the events taking place.