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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.


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.  
China Academic Journals Restricted Resource Some full text available
Full text articles from hundreds of Chinese academic journals on literature/history/philosophy.  Many journals in Chinese include English abstracts.

Dates of coverage:  1994 -

Historical Abstracts Restricted Resource
Index to more than 3,100 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-

JSTOR Restricted Resource Some full text available
Scholarly journal archive for the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences;  recent volumes (within 2 to 5 years) not available for many titles.

Factiva Restricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images Resource contains video Resource contains audio
Includes 20,000+ full text global news and business sources, including newspapers, newswires, television and radio transcripts, numerous regional and industry publications, and photos 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 teaching in art history from pre-history to contemporary media. The quality of images may vary.

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-

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
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.

Organizations & Associations

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).”

Index of articles published in academic society journals and university research bulletins. Incorporates Zasshi Kiji Sakuin. Some full text articles available for free.
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