The East Asian Collection at Oberlin College Library is one of the finest collections of East Asian materials among small to mid-sized East Asian collections and liberal arts college libraries in the U.S. It contains over 53,000 volumes of books, periodicals, thread-bound books and materials on East Asian subjects in Chinese, Japanese, Korean and English languages. In addition to the print materials, it also provides access to several Chinese and Japanese electronic resources. The collection actively supports the teaching and research needs of East Asian Studies and the interdisciplinary programs on campus and among OhioLINK  institutions. 

Locating Materials In the Library 
East Asian Materials are intershelved by their call number in the main collection in Oberlin College libraries. East Asian literature monographs, however, are shelves separately on the 3rd floor in East Asian Literature Room 
(MAPat Mudd Library. Please search OBIS records for location or status details.

If you need assistant locating materials in the Mudd Library or elsewhere on campus, please contact the East Asian Studies Librarian - Runxiao Zhu, runxiao.zhu@oberlin.edu; 440-775-5116.
Romanization System
East Asian Language (CJK) Romanization System
Libraries in the U.S. use China's pinyin system but have significant variations. Please refer to the Library of Congress Romanization Guideline for a quick reference. 
  • For Chinese Romanization system, please refer here (2011). The Chinese guideline also provides reference to Wade-Giles and Pinyin conversion.
  • For Japanese Romanization system, please refer here (2012).
  • For Korean Romanization system, please refer here (2009).
  • For Tibetan Romanization system, please refer here (2015).

OBIS/Summon DOES NOT support the search CJK language material using Chinese/Japanese/Korean characters. 
Database Highlight
East Asian Studies related Database (Provided by Oberlin College and OhioLink)

NDL Digital Collection and Exhibitions Unrestricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images
National Diet Library (NDL) OPAC provides online galleries of digitized material with detailed English description. 

2)Current Digest of the Chinese Press (2011 to date) Restricted Resource Some full text available

Selection of Chinese newspapers translated into English. 

)China: Culture and Society (1750-1929) Restricted Resource Some full text available
Pamphlets from Charles W. Wason Collection, mostly in English, published between 1750-1929. 

4)Eastview Universal Databases Restricted Resource Some full text available

Current Digest of the Chinese Press and the Russian Press.

)Meiji Japan: The Edward Morse Collection from Peabody Essex Museum Restricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images
The Edward Morse Papers (ca1858-1925) in the areas of ethnology, zoology, archaeology and art history.

6)Nikkei Telecom 21 Restricted Resource

All major Japanese newspaper, magazines from more than 500 sources (mid 1980s to present).

)Japan Times (1897-2015) Restricted Resource
Full text of Japan Times, the oldest English language newspaper covering from 1897-2015.
1. Resources for East Asian Language by Charles Muller 
The site provides some valuable resources related to Muller's own research and translation of some East Asian religious texts. 

2. Chinese New Clippings before 1949

The selection of newpaper clippings, historical documents published between 1930-1949.

3. Old Hongkong Newspaper

This collection is a selective collection of major old Hongkong Newspaper published from early Hong Kong to nowadays, aiming at preserving historical news reporting of Hongkong for reference and research.

4. Ming History: An Introduction Guide to Research

Free PDF download is available on the website for this research guide.

5. Open Access Monographs in East Asian Studies in Western Washington University (CEDAR publication)


6. The Chinese History Podcast - By Laszlo Montgomery 

7. China Online Museum - Features Famous Chinese Painters

8. Japanese Kotenseki Database 
National Diet Library Rare Books Image Database 
Kyoto University Digital Library Rare Materials Exhibition
Waseda University Library Japanese and Chinese Classical Kotenseki Sogo Database
Tohoku University Library Image Database of the KANO Collection 

9. Japanese Text Initiative (University of Virginia/Pittburgh)
The website provides full-text version of several important classical Japaneses literature and dictionary. 

10. Kobe University Library Newspaper Clippings Collection 

A collection of newspaper clippings from the end of the Meiji era to Showa 45 (1970).
Oberlin College Digital Collection-East Asia
  • Mary A. Ainsworth Collection of Japanese Artists
Mary A. Ainsworth, an Oberlin alumna of 1889, bequeathed her Japanese Artist Book collection to Oberlin College in 1950. The works are mostly from late Edo to 1912. 
  • Shansi: Oberlin and Asia
Digital collection related to the activities of Oberlinians in Asia from the 1880s to the 1950s. 
  • Book History Artifacts
Artifacts related to make the books, papers and book culture, including East Asia.
Searching Catalogs
To find bibliographic information on East Asian materials, search Oberlin College Library Online Catalog OBIS. When searching OBIS for a topic, try a keyword search using either romanized Chinese/Japanese terms or English terms.

Summon searches approximately 300 million books, scholarly articles, newspaper articles, databases, digital images, government documents and more. It draws not only from the OBIS, but also from many full text and article indexing database, as well as digital repositories from colleges, research centers and other open access on the web. 


Quick Links

Ohio Link Catalog 
- OhioLink provides a quick search on 80+ library catalog within Ohio network. This is a free service and it takes 3-4 business days for the requested item to arrive. Loan period: 3 weeks, up to 4 times renewal. 
Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
- ILL allows users to borrow materials from all the participated libraries worldwide. It takes about 2-4 weeks for the requested material to arrive. Many libraries charge for this service. Loan period: varies based on the lending library. 

Journal Finder RESOURCES
Major East Asian studies related articles in Journal Finder :

1)Bibliography of Asian Studies (1971 to date) Restricted Resource
English language articles on all aspects of Asian studies since 1971.

2)Chinese Insight Restricted Resource Some full text available
Full text database covers Chinese language journal from China and Taiwan. Content is indexed in both Chinese and English. 

3)Chinese Newspapers Collection (1832-1953) Restricted Resource Some full text available
Collection of 12 English-language newspapers from China covering 1832-1953.

4)CiNii Articles Unrestricted Resource
CiNii article database is a Japanese scholarly journal index. Abstracts are available. 

5)Historical Abstracts Restricted Resource
Index to thousands of academic journals covering world history from 1450 to present in 40+ languages, with full-text available.

6)JAIRO - Japanese Institutional Repositories Online Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
JAIRO is an index of over 1 million journal articles, dissertations, departmental bulletins etc, with links to the full text of more than three-quarters of them.  

7)JSTOR Restricted Resource Some full text available
Scholarly journal archive for the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.

8)Scripta Sinica Restricted Resource Some full text available
Scripta Sinicai, the largest Chinese full-text database contains almost all of the important Chinese classics, especially related to Chinese history. 

9)National Social Sciences Database Unrestricted Resource
NSSD provides current access to the Chinese Academy of Social Science (CASS) core journals. 

10)The NDL Zasshi Kiji Sakuin Unrestricted Resource
Bibliographic database that provides detailed information of journals published in Japan that held in the National Diet Library from 1948 - present.

11) Ars Orientalis v.1-v.41 via the Smithsonian Libraries and Internet Archives 
Dictionaries and Reference
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