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Purdue Databases

  • China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI)
    Three CNKI databases in the Chinese language feature full-text articles in the fields of history, literature, and philosophy, including subtopics such as archaeology, the arts, biography, folklore, language, religion, and sports: 1) China Academic Journals (CAJ), 1994-present; 2) China Dissertations and Master's Theses (CDMD), 2000-present; 3) China Conference Proceedings (CPCD), 2000-present.
  • Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS)
    References western-language journal articles, book chapters, and monographs on all subjects (especially humanities and social sciences) pertaining to East, Southeast, and South Asia published worldwide from 1971 to the present.
  • Anthropological Index Online
    Indexes journals held by The Anthropology Library at the The British Museum (Museum of Mankind) which receives periodicals in all branches of anthropology, from academic institutions and publishers around the world.
  • Art Index
    Indexes articles from English-language periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins, as well as periodicals published in French, Italian, German, Japanese, Spanish, Dutch, and Swedish. Subjects include Architecture, Art History, Fashion Design, Folk Art, Graphic Arts, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Motion Pictures, Painting, Photography, Pottery, Sculpture, Television, Textiles, Video and more.
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index
    is a multidisciplinary database covering the journal literature of the arts and humanities. It indexes 1,100 of the world's leading arts and humanities journals. Searches may focus on authors, contents of individual journals, ranges of publications dates, keywords, and by combinations of the above. An added feature is the capacity to trace citatons to given authors, etc. A Representative selection of non-English language journals is included.
  • Ethnic NewsWatch
    Provides access to full-text articles from 200 magazines, journals, and newspapers published by the ethnic, minority, and native press in America. Searchable in both English and Spanish.
  • Historical Abstracts  
    Abstracts of selected journal articles, citations of books, book reviews and dissertations on the history of all parts of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to present. Published since 1954, Historical Abstracts currently covers over 2,000 journals published throughout the world. Besides article citations, each year it adds approximately 3,000 book citations, for a total of over 20,000 entries added each year.
  • Humanities Abstracts
    Indexes 400 English-language journals in the fields of archaeology and classical studies, art and photography, dance, drama, film, folklore, history, journalism and communications, language, literature, music, and more. Includes abstracts since 1994.
  • Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts
    Covers all aspects of linguistics and the study of language: Speech, hearing, phonetics, interpersonal behavior, learning disabilities, nonverbal communication, grammar, morphology, semantics, history of languages, etc.
  • Philosopher's Index
    This database indexes and abstracts books and articles (over 400 journals) in philosophy. Among the subfields covered are aesthetics, epistemology, ethics (pure and applied), logic, metaphysics, and social and political philosophy. Author, title, journal, and keyword(s) may be searched. International in scope, it includes both English and non-English literature.
  • Social Sciences Abstracts
    Indexes over 400 English-language journals in the fields of anthropology, economics, geography, international relations, political science, psychology, sociology, and related subjects. Includes abstracts since 1994.
  • Social Sciences Citation Index
    is a multidisciplinary database, with searchable author abstracts, covering the journal literature of the social sciences. It indexes 1,700 journals spanning 50 disciplines, and is searchable by keyword, author, journal title, and by date. An added feature is searching for citations to individual authors and/or publications. This database indexes a representative selection of non-English language journals.
  • Sociological Abstracts
    Abstracts the world's serial literature in sociology and related disciplines and contains enhanced bibliographic citations of relevant dissertations from the Sociological Abstracts and SOPODA. Approximately 1600 journals in 30 languages from 55 countries are abstracted in this resource.
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
    Up-to-date indexing, abstracts, and research links in political science and related fields, including international relations, law, sociology, economics, and public administration/policy. Monitors 1,235 titles for relevant items, including materials in 34 languages.

Free Internet Databases

  • Asian Film Connections
    Created by the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema, the University of Southern California's University Libraries, and other organizations, this site seeks to create a deeper awareness and understanding of Asian cinema by providing immediate and comprehensive information about films from Asia.
  • Asian Historical Architecture
    is a photographic survey of Asia's architectural heritage. Hthe site contains over 6500 photos of 461 sites in seventeen countries, with background information and virtual tours. The editors of this webpage are Tim Ciccone (Columbia University) and Abe Ahn, (Yale University); and professors Yunsheng Huang (UVA) , Robert D. Fiala (Concordia), and Kerk L Phillips (Brigham Young).
  • Asian Reading Room
    The Asian Reading Room is the primary public access point for researchers seeking to use the Asian collections of the Library of Congress in the many languages of Asia. The reading room covers the area from the South Asian subcontinent and Southeast Asia to China, Japan, and Korea. With almost 2 million books, periodicals, newspapers, manuscripts, and electronic media, the collections are the most comprehensive sources of Asian language materials outside of Asia.
  • Bibliography for seldom studied and endangered South Asian Languages
    The Department of Linguistics, University of Osnabruck, Germany. This site is intended to help researchers of seldom studied or endangered South Asian languages, and those embarking on such a study for the first time, in locating literature on these languages. It is also intended to be a means of letting other researchers know of new work in the field which may be of interest to them. "South Asia" here includes India, Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Tibet.
  • Chinese Text Initiative
    The Electronic Text Center at the University of Virginia Library, the Chinese Text Initiative is an effort to make texts of Chinese literature available on the World Wide Web. These sites are still very much under construction.
  • Japanese Text Initiative
    The University of Virginia Library Electronic Text Center and the University of Pittsburgh East Asian Library comes the Japanese Text Initiative, a collaborative effort to make texts of classical Japanese literature available on the World Wide Web.
  • Silk Road Narratives
    The Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities, University of Washington. A collection of historic texts that explores cultural contacts from 100 B.C. to the 1670s across Eurasia.
  • South Asian Literary Recording Project
    Launched in April 2000, to record the voices of South Asian authors for the Library of Congress' Archive of Recorded World Literature, the project has captured the readings of prominent South Asian poets, novelists, and playwrights. The authors recorded so far represent more than fifteen of the languages of India, Nepal, Pakistan, SriLanka and Bangladesh.
  • Southeast Asian Archaeology Scholarly Website
    A University of Pennsylvania Museum web-based bibliography for the dissemination of scholarship on the archaeology and anthropology of Southeast Asia.
  • Universtiy of California Press Scholarship Editions
    Contains complete texts of over 100 books on Asian topics.
  • A Visual Sourcebook of Chinese Civilization
    According to the author, Patricia Buckley Ebrey of Washington University, the goal of this "visual sourcebook" is to add to the material teachers can use to help their students understand Chinese history, culture, and society.
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