A general encyclopedia, but includes basic information on East Asia.
Cambridge Encyclopedia of China (call no.: DS705 C35X 1991+, Starr Main Reference Room)
A major English-language encyclopedia on China.
Kodansha Encyclopedia of Japan
A major English-language encyclopedia on Japan.
World Biographical Index
Includes over 70 thousand Chinese names and 86 thousand Japanese names. Provides a brief bio and citations to other sources. Search Chinese/Japanese names in romanized forms (see details here).
Primary sources at Yale
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Useful subject terms for finding primary sources in Orbis include: sources, archives, personal narratives, biography. You may use "Advanced Search" in Orbis to incorporate these subject terms into your search (for example: "sources" + "Korea").
Yale University Library catalog.
Yale Law Library catalog, which may have books on East Asia that are not available in Orbis.
A union catalog for many academic, public, and special libraries in the world. More than 100 million bibliographic records are included. As an alternative, you can use a free web version WorldCat.org. It searches the entire WorldCat databases, but only displays results from participating member libraries.
1) To find articles on East Asia, start with the following databases:
|Database Name||Format||Subject||Type of Content||Years of Coverage|
|Bibliography of Asian Studies||Citation||Asia-specific||Academic||1971-present|
|Periodicals Index Online||Citation||Multi-disciplinary, but has a subject list of Asian studies journals||Academic + General interest||beginning -1995|
|JSTOR||Full-text||Multi-disciplinary, but has a subject list of Asian studies journals||Academic||beginning - 3 or 5 years ago|
|Project Muse||Full-text||Multi-disciplinary, but has a subject list of Asian studies journals||Academic||most recent several years|
|Academic Search||Full-text + Citation||Multi-disciplinary||Academic + General interest||varies|
|WilsonWeb||Citation + Full-text||Multi-disciplinary||Academic||varies|
In addition, you may also find articles relevant to your topic in discipline-specific indexes such as Anthropological Literature, EconLit, Historical Abstracts, International Political Science Abstracts and Sociological Abstracts, etc.
|2) When a database only gives you the citation, you may click on the icon
if available, to search for full text in other databases.
3) Another possible way to get full text immediately is to search the journal title in the Yale Library online journals list. You may use the English online journals in East Asian studies to identify relevant journals.
5) Interlibrary loan is the last resort when all the above options fail.