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Atlases & Maps

Japanese Historical Map Collection at UC Berkeley Resource contains images
The Japanese Historical Map Collection contains about 2,300 early maps of Japan and the World. The collection was acquired by the University of California from the Mitsui family in 1949, and is housed on the Berkeley campus in the East Asian Library. Represented in this online collection are over 1100 images of maps and books from this Collection. The maps were selected by Yuki Ishimatsu, Head of Japanese Collections at the East Asian Library, and scanned and put online by David Rumsey and Cartography Associates.

Background & Context Sources

Biographical Sources

Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Christianity Some full text available
The BDCC is an electronic database containing the essential biographical facts of Chinese and foreign Christian missionaries, church leaders, evangelists, and laity chiefly responsible for laying the foundations and advancing the growth of Chinese Christian communities and their influence in societies around the world. While the database is widely inclusive of time periods and faith traditions, the distinctive focus of the project is on the lesser-known Chinese Christians of the modern era (1800 to 1950).


Academic Search Complete Restricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images
Multidisciplinary - good for nearly all subjects. Scholarly and trade journals, popular magazines, newspapers, conference proceedings, book reviews, and more.
Bibliography of Asian Studies (1971 to date) Restricted Resource
Indexes English language articles on all aspects of  East, Southeast, and South Asian culture.  
Chinese Insight Restricted Resource Some full text available
Is a full-text database that provides coverage of a wide range of predominantly Chinese-language journals from both China mainland and Taiwan. It supports information and research needs related to the dynamic Greater China region. Content is indexed in both Chinese and English. 
Chinese Newspapers Collection (1832-1953) Restricted Resource Some full text available
Collection of 12 English-language newspapers from China covering 1832-1953, and representing a wide range of regions and cities including Canton, Peking and Shanghai
CiNii Articles
CiNii Article Database is a Japanese scholarly journal index. Abstracts are available. Includes NDL Zasshi Kiji Sakuin search. Many full text articles from Daigaku Kiyo are available in pdf. Can search holding institutions. Can save your bibliographic information in three different formats.
CiNii Articles Database is developed and managed by the National Institute of Informatics (NII)

Main databases included in CiNii Articles:

  1. Electronic Library Service Academic Society Journals (National Institute of Informatics)
  2. Electronic Library Service Research Bulletins (joint input from each university)
  3. Citation Database for Japanese Publications (National Institute of Informatics)
  4. Zasshi Kiji Sakuin (National Diet Library)
  5. Institutional Repository (Universities, etc.)   JAIRO - Japanese Institutional Repositories Online
  6. J-STAGE Journal@rchive (Japan Science and Technology Agency)

HathiTrust Digital Library Some full text available
HathiTrust is a repository of digital content from 50 research libraries, including electronic versions of nearly 8 million books at the time of writing.
Historical Abstracts Restricted Resource
Index to thousands of academic journals covering world history (excluding the US and Canada) from 1450 to present, in over 40 languages, with full-text available.
Dates of Coverage: 1955 to date
JAIRO - Japanese Institutional Repositories Online Some full text available
Japanese Institutional Repositories Online, 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.
JSTOR Restricted Resource Some full text available
Scholarly journal archive for the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences;  most journals 2-5 years out-of-date
LexisNexis Academic Restricted Resource Some full text available
A wide range of news, political, legal, and business information from thousands of sources, mostly full text. Includes newspapers, magazines, wire services, federal and state court opinions, federal and state statutes, federal regulations, and SEC filings. News information is updated daily and wire services several times daily.

National Social Sciences Database
Provides current access to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) core journals.

Users need to register (free) to see the full text articles.

Scripta Sinica Restricted Resource Some full text available
The project for the Scripta Sinica database began in 1984. The first aim of this project was to digitize all documents essential to research in traditional Sinology. Secondly, a full-text database was established for academic research. Until present, Scripta Sinica is the largest Chinese full text database to encompass an enormous breadth of historical materials of this scale. More than 580 titles ?new titles?and 423,000,000 characters of materials pertaining to the traditional Chinese classics have been included in the database and have been categorized with meticulous care. The Scripta Sinica database contains almost all of the important Chinese classics, especially those related to Chinese history.
The NDL Zasshi Kiji Sakuin
It is a bibliographic database that provides detailed bibliographic information of many journals published in Japan and received by the National Diet Library (NDL) from 1948 to present. The scope of coverage depends on each journal so please consult with the full list and information @ the Zassaku List. This guide provides some tips for your database search.
World News Connection (1995 - 2013) Restricted Resource Some full text available
Translations and transcripts of news stories from non-U.S. media sources including newspaper articles, conference proceedings, television and radio broadcasts, periodicals, and non-classified technical reports.  Coverage focuses on socioeconomic, political, scientific, technical, and environmental issues and events.
Dates of Coverage: 1995 - 2013
Factiva Restricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images Resource contains video Resource contains audio
Full-text global news sources, including newspapers, newswires, television and radio transcripts, numerous regional and industry publications, and images from Reuters. Content comes from ~160 countries in 22 languages. 
note: Only 3 Oberlin users at one time.
ARTstor Restricted Resource Resource contains images
Over 1 million images selected to support research and reaching in art history from pre-historical to contemporary media. See also Saskia Art History Images
Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts Restricted Resource
Covers all aspects of the study of language including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. Includes descriptive, historical, comparative, theoretical and geographical linguistics.

Dates of Coverage: 1973-

MLA International Bibliography Restricted Resource
Index to books, essays, and journal articles on modern languages, literatures, folklore and linguistics. Topics include literary theory, criticism, folk literature and belief systems, linguistics, semantics, translation, dramatic arts, and history of printing and publishing. Covers literature worldwide and includes materials in all genres and in foreign languages.
Dates of Coverage: 1926 to date

Dictionaries & Thesauri

Japanese Kanji Dictionary
Includes audio files for pronunciation and Quicktime movies for stroke order.
A collection of more than 50 Japanese dictionaries, each one provides source information.
nciku - Chinese characters and pinyin dictionary
This one lets you draw the characters with your mouse, and select the correct one from a list. The dictionary also includes pronunciation.
Collection of Japanese dictionaries: kokugo, ruigo, waei/eiwa, shugo (sign).
Yahoo! Japan Dictionaries
This set of dictionaries (J, thesaurus, JE, EJ,) can be searched individually or all at once. It also offers two dictionaries for J and JE/EJ so you can see variations.
Popular online Chinese character dictionary. contains the completeChinese Characters: A Genealogy and Dictionary published by Yale Press
Lin Yutang’s Chinese-English Dictionary of Modern Usage
Based on the first edition of Chinese-English Dictionary of Modern Usage published by the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1972, this resource provides English explanations for over 40,000 Chinese words or phrases. Please note that words that appeared more recently may not be included.


Chinese Encyclopedia Online
Provides online access to a medium-sized encyclopedia with 15,000 articles divided into 38 subects. Developed by Chinese Cultural University (Taiwan)


Mainichi photo bank Resource contains images
Provided by the Mainich Newspapers, this is the largest database of photos in Japan, with a total of 450 thousand photos from the Meiji era to today (120 thousand from the pre-WWII period). It allows free search, but reproduction rights and downloads are fee-based.

Meiji-Taisho photographs Resource contains images
About 500 photos on Tokyo taken in the 1890s-1910s period.  It is produced by National Diet Library Digital Gallery.
Visualizing Cultures at MIT Resource contains images
Visualizing Cultures was launched at MIT in 2002 to explore the potential of the Web for developing innovative image-driven scholarship and learning. Topical units to date focus on Japan in the modern world and early-modern China. The thrust of these explorations extends beyond Asia per se, however, to address "culture" in much broader ways—cultures of modernization, war and peace, consumerism, images of "Self" and "Others," and so on.

Library Catalogs

CALIS Online Catalog
China academic libraries' union catalog
CiNii Books
is a service that enables searching of information on books and journals that are held in university libraries in Japan. It is possible to search for about 10 million titles held in 1200 university libraries (totaled over 100 million books), and about 1.5 million authors of these books that has been accumulated through the online cataloging system (NACSIS-CAT) which NII provides. It is available for anyone without registering.
National Library of China
The largest library in mainland China.  Use its catalog to search books, journals, newspapers etc. 
Webcat Plus
Union catalog of Japanese academic libraries.

Museums & Galleries

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Collections Online Resource contains images
This searchable database includes approximately 45,000 records and 25,000 images from a wide variety of LACMA curatorial departments.

News & Analysis

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

Selections from Chinese newspapers translated into English; subject coverge includes Chinese politics and culture, international relations and security, and business and the economy.

Eastview Universal Databases Restricted Resource Some full text available
Full-text of Russian newspapers and English-language sources Current Digest of the Chinese Press and Current Digest of the Russian Press.
note: Includes newspapers from China (in English) and Russia (in English and Russian)
Nikkei Telecom 21 Restricted Resource

Resources from more than 500 sources.

  1. 140+ national/regional/specialized newspapers
  2. 140+ national/specialized periodicals
  3. 30+ newswires
  4. 30+ stats, marketing, research information
  5. 40+ International source
  6. Sources include Nikkei newspapers and magazines, Asahi, Yomiuri, Mainichi and Sankei.
  7. Extensive Corporate Profiles, People Search and English sources also available.

Update frequency: Daily. 10,000 added daily.

note: Access for this resource is limited.  Please contact Runxiao Zhu ( for log in information.

Organizations & Associations

North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources (NCC)
NCC creates programs and online services to support the research needs of the field of Japanese studies and for users with any interest in Japan, anywhere. This site also provides links to many recommended instructional and topical sites related to Japan.

Primary Sources

China: Culture and Society (1750-1929) Restricted Resource Some full text available
Rare pamphlets, mostly in English, on a wide variety of topics including the Chinese diaspora, foreign relations, missionaries, philosophy, art and literature and more.  
Meiji Japan: The Edward Morse Collection from Peabody Essex Museum Restricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images
The Edward Morse Papers (ca. 1858-1925), document the numerous and contributions made by Morse to the areas of zoology, ethnology, archaeology and art history.
NDL Digital Collection and Exhibitions Some full text available Resource contains images
The National Diet Library offers online galleries of digitized material with detailed English descriptions. The digitized content can be browsed on an English interface; however, the bibliographic information is available only in Japanese and must be searched using Japanese characters as well.  
Shansi: Oberlin and Asia
An online digital collection that documents the activity of Oberlinians in Asia from the 1880s to the 1950s. It contains materials from the Oberlin Shansi Memorial Association Records and personal paper collections, and it represents a small percentage of the total amount of materials in the College Archives that relate to the work of missionaries and Shansi Representatives in China and as well as other countries.


National Bureau of Statistics of China
Statistics related to the economypopulation and society of the People's Republic of China at national and local levels.

Web Sites

Chinese Movie Database
Chinese Movie Database is a database for the Chinese language movies and TV programmes. It has three versions, “in Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and English, covering production, cast and crew, awards and biographies, reviews and books, and many other information of Chinese language movies made in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and other regions. Starting from 2006, the Database also includes TV programmes. There are 17274 film/TV programme entries, 116099 name entries, and 12352 company entries in the Database (statistics).”
Dissertation Reviews-China
Founded in 2010, Dissertation Reviews is a new site that features overviews of recently defended, unpublished doctoral dissertations in a wide variety of disciplines across the Humanities and Social Sciences. The goal is to offer readers a glimpse of each discipline’s immediate present by focusing on the window of time between dissertation defense and first book publication.
Where is East Asian Collection in Mudd?
The East Asian literature collection is housed in the East Asian Reading Room on the 3rd floor of Mudd overlooking the cushion pit on the 2nd floor. The rest of Chinese, Japanese and Korean language materials are shelved with the main collection.
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Book Search
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