Major Research Tools

Bibliography of Asian Studies

Coverage: 1971-present

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

Historical Abstracts

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

AHA Guide to Historical Literature

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.

China Academic Journals Database


Full-text database of Chinese academic journals from a wide range of disciplines. Most of the articles are in Chinese, not English.

Chinese Pamphlets: Political Communication & Mass Education

Full-Text, Visual Resource
Pamphlets, picture books, and other propaganda issued during the early years of the People’s Republic between 1947 and 1954.

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.

Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages

Full-Text, Reference

Reference work that covers "all key aspects of European history, society, and culture from 500 to 1500 A.D., as well as the Byzantine Empire, Islamic dynasties, and Asiatic peoples of the era."

Oxford Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages

Full-Text, Reference
Reference work that covers all aspects of the period from the fifth to the fifteenth century. With a focus on focus on Europe and Christendom, it also covers the rise of Islam and people of other cultures with whom Europeans came into contact.

South China Morning Post historical backfile


Coverage: 1903-1997

Electronic backfile of the South China Morning Post, an English-language newspaper published in Hong Kong, from the first issue through 1998.

Specialized Collections

East Asia Image 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.

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.

Kikuzo II Visual

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.

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.

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Books


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.

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.

Taiwan: Political And Economic Reports 1861–1960


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

Visualising China

Visual Resource

More than 8,000 digitized images of photographs of China taken between 1850 and 1950. The photographs are from several collections, including Historical Photographs of China, the Sir Robert Hart Collection, and Joseph Needham's Photographs of Wartime China.

Wilson Center Digital Archive


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

World War II Resources


Collection of primary source materials documenting the diplomatic and military activities of some of the war's major combatants. Includes links to other sites containing similar material.