History - Asia

Major Research Tools


Coverage: 1971-present.

Index of Western-language publications on topics relating to Asia.


Time period covered: 1450 to present; Publication coverage: 1954 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.

Other Suggested Research Tools

Location: Skillman Ref; Call #: D20 A46 1995x

Highly selective, annotated bibliography of books and articles in every field of historical scholarship. Bibliographies are organized geographically and further subdivided by time period and topic.

Full-text, Gateway

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


Coverage: 1903-1995

Electronic backfile of the South China Morning Post from the first issue through 1995.

Specialized Collections

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.


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.

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.


Reproductions of British diplomatic reports on Korea. Covers the Korean monarchy, Japanese rule, the split into north and south Korea, and the Korean War.


Collection of declassified United States government documents on foreign affairs and national security since World War II. Documents are grouped by topic or region of the world and cover nuclear history, U.S. intelligence and government secrecy, humanitarian interventions, the 9/11 attacks, and more.

Full-text, Reference

Descriptions and analysis of 20th century massacres and genocide. Also includes information on people and concepts related to mass violence. Still a work-in-progress.


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


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


Declassified historical materials from archives around the world covering the Cold War, Korea, and nuclear proliferation.


Collection of primary source materials documenting the diplomatic and military activities of some of the war's major combatants.