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East Asian studies


Sources for Background Information

Core and Additional Databases

E-Journals (in English)

  • Asian Perspectives  Semiannual journal of archaeology; Asian and Pacific history; prehistory; and anthropology
  • The China Quarterly The Cambridge Journals
  • Chinese Cultural Relics English translation of the Chinese Journal Wenwu 文物
  • Early China  publishes original research on all aspects of the civilization of China from earliest times through the Han dynasty period (CE 220). It is interdisciplinary in scope, including Chinese archaeology, history,  religion, literature, and paleography.
  • Early medieval China 中国中古研究. 
    A journal devoted to academic scholarship relating to the period roughly between the end of the Han and beginning of the Tang eras.
  • Journal of Anthropological Archeology From the earliest archeological evidence for the emergence of human culture to historically documented societies and the contemporary observations of the ethnographer, ethnoarcheologist, or sociologist.
  • Journal of Inner Asian Art and Archeology  A major forum for discussion of current international research projects and fieldwork concerning the art and archeology of Inner Asia.  Uniquely the journal covers the vast regions flanking the ancient Silk road .

Primary Sources (in English)

  • Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers Including news on China between 1800-1900.
  • Nineteenth Century British Library Newspapers Including news on China between 1800-1860.
  • North China Herald Principal English newspaper published in Shanghai, China during the so called "treaty century"(1842-1943), when the Great Western Powers established a strong presence in China.
  • China: Trade, Politics & Culture  This collection answers a need for clear, intelligible and informative English-language sources relating to China and the West, 1793-1980. It Includes almost any aspect of Chinese modern history during the two centuries of monumental social and political upheaval that ultimately recreated China into a modern power, with manuscripts encompassing events from the earliest English embassy to the birth and early years of the People’s Republic.
  • Nineteenth Century Collections Online Including many files such as manuscripts, maps, photos, monographs, images on Asia and the West, and cultural and diplomatic exchange.
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers. Chinese Newspapers Collection This database provides easily searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time period 1832-1953.

DVDS / E-Videos

  • The Memory Project Pilot Video Oral Histories Records This project was undertaken by Wu Wenguang's documentary film studio to document life in rural China during the mid-20th Century..
  • Kanopy Major subjects covered include: The arts, business and training, natural sciences, social sciences, and teacher education.
  • Films on Demand Major subjects covered include:Area studies, Asia and Pacific, anthropology, etc.

Selected Internet Suites


China (Internet Resources)

Other Resources

Newspapers / Journals



Hong Kong

East Asian Electronic Journals

Electronic texts

East Asian Libraries and Organizations in Canada & US


United States


Library Guides

East Asian Studies Librarian

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Macy Zheng
Humanities and Social Sciences Library

Office hours and location:
Every Thursday 2:15-3:45

Room 268, 688 Sherbrooke Street

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