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Asian and African Studies: English language resources

The electronic resources listed here, of interest to researchers on Asia, the Middle East and Islamic North Africa.

Except where stated, titles listed here are only available within the Library's Reading Rooms - access from outside the Library is not available owing to licensing reasons.

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Non-English language APAC databases

Complete listing of British Library electronic resources

Title Brief Description Format
100 Years of Modern Korean Literature This resource traces the development of modern Korean literature during the 20th century. It includes the text of a number of important literary works and information about them. CD-ROM
A+ Education A+ Education includes articles from journals indexed in AEI, the Australian Education Index. It includes links to full text information freely available on the web, scanned articles and index information from over 130 Australian and New Zealand journals covering all levels of education (from early childhood to tertiary and adult learning); curriculum; educational history, planning administration and policy; educational psychology and sociology; educational systems and institutions; and research measurement techniques. Full text coverage is from 2000: index coverage from 1978. Online resource
Africa: Confidential Print 1834-1966 Confidential Print: Africa consists of the core records relating to British government decision-making on Africa between 1834 and 1966, and is an invaluable source for historians of this period. It includes correspondence and other records that were printed and circulated for discussion within UK government departments. Three hundred maps from other record series have also been added. The resource includes well over 1,000 files and bound volumes, and is free-text searchable.
Online resource
Africa-Wide: NiPAD Africa-Wide: NiPAD is a collection of databases providing a wide range of information sources on Africa. Content includes humanities and social science coverage, government publications, development data and cultural heritage information, including material in African languages. It combines two popular NISC databases: South African Studies and African Studies. Online resource
African Blue Books, 1821-1953 Part of British Online Archives: The Blue Books provide an annual statistical record of activity and life in the colonies and protectorates of the British Empire. The volumes provide detailed records of income and expenditure, population estimates, and provide insight into local and colonial policy and administration.
Remote access is available for registered Reader Pass holders.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities or Rare Books & Music Reference Enquiry desks.
Online resource
African Newspapers, 1800-1922 Part of Readex's World Newspaper Archive. African Newspapers includes over 30 fully searchable African newspapers including key publications from Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Remote access is available for registered Reader Pass holders.
Online resource
AGIS Plus Text AGIS Plus Text is a full text online database providing access to articles from over 130 legal journals from Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region indexed in the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Information Service (AGIS) database. Subject coverage includes all aspects of law including administrative law, banking, companies and securities, constitutional law, copyright law, criminal law, environmental law, family law, human rights, international law, legal aid, and trade practices. Full text coverage is from 1999; index coverage from 1975. Online resource
ALISA (Australian Library & Information Science Abstracts)
ALISA is a bibliographic database that indexes and abstracts articles from published and unpublished material on library and information science from 1982 onwards. ALISA aims to cover comprehensively all current Australian literature on library and information services and the library workforce including education and training, information technology including CD-ROM, networking, electronic publishing, and telecommunications. There are also records relating to Australian children's literature, and archives. Online resource
Apartheid South Africa 1948-80 Apartheid South Africa makes available British government files from the Foreign, Colonial, Dominion and Foreign and Commonwealth Offices. It includes previously restricted letters, diplomatic dispatches, reports, trial papers, activists' biographies and first-hand accounts.
Online resource
Australian Public Affairs - Full Text (APA-FT) Australian Public Affairs - Full Text is an online collection of articles from more than 400 Australian journals indexed in APAIS, the Australian Public Affairs Information Service produced by the National Library of Australia. Subject coverage includes social science, education, current affairs, business, economics, humanities, health and law. Full text coverage is from 1995: index coverage from 1978.
Online resource
BACSA Cemetery Photograph Library The British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia (BACSA) is a charity set up in 1977 to protect European cemeteries in South Asia, to work towards their restoration and maintenance, and to record inscriptions in words and images. Online resource
Bibliography of Asian Studies The online Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS) references western-language monographs, articles and book chapters on all parts of Asia published since 1971. Online
Burma Gazetteers 1911-1935 CD-ROM of searchable reproductions of Gazetteers produced between 1911 and 1935, covering such areas as the history, occupations of inhabitants, education and customs of each district. CD-ROM
Cambodian Genocide Program Since 1994, the award-winning Cambodian Genocide Program, a project of the Genocide Studies Program at the Yale Center for International and Area Studies, has been trying to learn as much as possible about the tragedy of 1975/79, and to help determine who was responsible for the crimes of the Pol Pot regime. In Phnom Penh in 1996, for instance the program gained access to the 100,000-page archive of that defunct regime's security police, the Santebal. This material has been microfilmed by Yale University's Sterling Library and made available to scholars worldwide. The team responsible for the program have compiled and published 22,000 biographic and bibliographic records, and over 6,000 photographs, documents, translations, and maps, along with an extensive list of CGP books and research papers on the genocide.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
China: Trade, Politics and Culture, 1793-1980 China: Trade, Politics and Culture 1793-1980 is based on substantial collections of unique manuscript materials held at the library of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and the British Library in London, supplemented by additional sources from Cambridge University Library, the Church Missionary Society Archive, the Council for World Missions Library, Duke University, the National Archives at Kew, the Alexander Turnbull Library at the National Library of New Zealand and Yale Divinity Library.  In addition we have included a range of rare printed materials including missionary periodicals, atlases and books which help to contextualize the other sources. Online
Chinese Cultural Revolution Database The largest database for the study of the Cultural Revolution with detailed original documents including CCP memos, instructions, proclamations, speeches and major media commentaries. Searchable in English or Chinese. Online
Chinese Song Period Resources
Song Research Tools is an online research guide that lists and describes reference materials relating to all aspects of Song society. The online edition, last updated in November 2006, is a revised edition of Peter Bol's Sung Research Tools, which appeared first in 1990 and in a second edition in 1996. This online edition, maintained since 2003 by Hilde De Weerdt, contains more than 200 new titles.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
CINCH (Australian Criminology Database) Australian Criminology Database (CINCH), produced by the Australian Institute of Criminology, is a bibliographic database that indexes and abstracts articles from published and unpublished material on all aspects of crime and criminal justice from 1968 onwards. Source documents include journal articles, monographs, monograph chapters, conference papers, government documents, book reviews and theses. Statistical publications in serial form such as annual statistical reviews are gradually being added to the database. Online resource
Deccan Queen Deccan Queen describes the Cantonment, the Civil Lines, the Sadr Bazar and part of the 'Native City' of the Western Indian Settlement of Poona in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Contains historical maps overlaid with demographic data derived from address directories. This model has been used to explore socio-spatial patterning in the city of Poona and the presented analysis concentrates particularly upon issues that concern racial and functional segregation within the local population. CD-ROM
Digital Dictionaries of South Asia The aim of this project is to provide digital versions of at least one multilingual dictionary for each of the literary languages of South Asia, and a monolingual dictionary for each of the more frequently taught languages. The results of the digitisation are freely available to readers via the World Wide Web.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Encylopaedia of Islam The online Encyclopaedia of Islam incorporates the entire text of volumes I to XI and Supplement (Volume XII) of the printed edition of the Encyclopaedia of Islam. Additional search facilities and the Supplement enable the user to efficiently search and combine data from a vast corpus of over 12,000 printed pages. Online
Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an (EQ) is an encyclopaedic dictionary of qur'anic terms, concepts, personalities, place names, cultural history and exegesis extended with essays on the most important themes and subjects within qur'anic studies. Online
Excerpta Indonesica Excerpta Indonesica contains abstracts in English, arranged by subject, of recent journal articles about Indonesia in the humanities and social sciences written in all languages. CD-ROM
Families & Society Collection Families & Society Collection (previously known as Family & Society Plus) is the authoritative Australian full text family information service. It provides access to citations and abstracts plus full text journal articles and over 9000 links to other full text material available on the web. Source documents include journal articles, conference papers, books, government publications, research reports, discussion and working papers, statistical documents, annual reports, bibliographies and theses. Subject coverage includes adolescence and youth, aged care, health policy, family law and social change. Full text coverage is from 2000: index coverage from 1980. Online resource
Far Eastern Economic Review: Asia's story CD-ROM edition of a business and news weekly periodical from 1946 to 1997. CD-ROM
The Great Book of Aesthetics The Great Book of Aesthetics contains the proceedings of the 15th International Congress of Aesthetics held in Japan in 2001. CD-ROM
Grove Dictionary of Art Online An online reference resource for all aspects of the visual arts from prehistory to the present day. Online
Illustrated Incunable Short Title Catalogue (IISTC) The IISTC is based on the Incunable Short-Title Catalogue, a database of fifteenth century printings which has been in development at the British Library since 1980. CD-ROM
Imperial Gazetteer of India The digital book form of the complete set of the Gazetteers in 25 volumes. New edition, published under the authority of His Majesty's secretary of state for India in council. Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1908-1931. The digitization is undertaken by the South Asia Library of the Chicago University.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Index Islamicus Index Islamicus is the international classified bibliography of publications in European languages on all aspects of Islam and the Muslim world. The publications recorded are (journal) articles, books and reviews. All essays and papers contained in multi-author volumes are recorded, classified and indexed separately. About 2500 periodicals are surveyed, including general history, social science, history of science and arts titles as well as specialist area- and subject-based ones. Some relevant articles and reviews published electronically are also recorded. Online
Index to Jewish Periodicals A comprehensive index of references to articles, book reviews, essays, feature stories, and letters in English, published in more than 180 periodicals devoted to Jewish concerns. Most titles indexed are not found in the standard periodical literature guides. Online
India Office Family History Search The India Office Family History Search database will eventually provide access to around 300,000 brief records for births, marriages, military and naval service, deaths, burials, baptisms, bonds, pensions, wills and brief biographies of Europeans in British India up to 1947.
The information is taken from the biographical card index in the Asian and African Studies reading room. If you cannot find someone in this database, please see our family history web pages for further information on other sources you could consult.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
India Office Select Materials These catalogues cover the holdings of India Office Private Papers, Prints and Drawings, and Photographs within the Library's Asia, Pacific and Africa Collections. Their main focus is on the countries of South Asia, although there are also considerable holdings relevant to other parts of Asia and the Middle East.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Informit Informit indexes and provides access to the full text of articles relating to Australasian scholarly research in a number of fields, including: public affairs, law, education, health, the family, library and information science, sport, criminology and immigration. Online
Informit Health Collection Full text databases providing access to core nursing and allied health information from the Australasian region. Content includes research articles, reports and case studies. Online
International Crisis Group The International Crisis Group (ICG) is an independent, non-profit, multinational organisation, which works through field-based analysis and high-level advocacy to prevent and resolve deadly conflict. It produces a series of in-depth reports on areas of conflict all over the world. The reports on regional conflicts in Indonesia are particularly valuable.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Iraq 1914-1974 Iraq 1914-1974 comprises original source material from the Foreign Office, Colonial Office, War Office and Cabinet Papers covering the period from the Anglo-Indian landing in Basra in 1914 through the British Mandate in Iraq of 1920-32 to the rise of Saddam Hussein in 1974. Major policy statements and other working documents are set out in context, the minor documents and marginalia revealing the workings of the mandate administration, diplomacy, treaties, oil and arms dealing. The resource includes photographs, colour maps from The National Archives and contemporary film.
NB:  To view the multimedia video’s click on the ‘change player’ link at the bottom of the page and select the ‘Shockwave Flash’ player.
Japan Times Archives Online / Japan Times Online Founded in 1897 The Japan Times is Japan's oldest and most important English language newspaper.  The Japan Times Archives Online includes articles published between 1897 and 2013 and The Japan Times covers 1999-present.
NB: Free access for a trial period until 11 July 2015.
MAIS (Multicultural Australia and Immigration Studies) Multicultural Australia and Immigration Studies (MAIS), produced by the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs Library, is a bibliographic database that indexes and abstracts a wide range of media from published and unpublished material on all aspects of Australian immigration and multicultural issues from 1988 onwards. Source documents include books, book chapters, journal articles, selected newspaper articles, government documents, conference papers, research reports, theses and multimedia. Online resource
National Democratic Institute The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) is a non-profit organization working to strengthen and expand democracy worldwide. Calling on a global network of volunteer experts, NDI provides practical assistance to civic and political leaders advancing democratic values, practices and institutions. NDI works with democrats in every region of the world to build political and civic organizations, safeguard elections, and to promote citizen participation, openness and accountability in government. NDI publishes reports on developments in political processes in countries all over the world including Indonesia.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
National Palace Museum (NPM) Photo images and related description articles of all the collections exhibited in the National Palace Museum, Taiwan. Online resource
Nipponalia Books on Japan in European Languages in the library of Kyoto University of Foreign Studies. CD-ROM
The Paintings of India 26 films containing film footage with music and audio commentary. The duration of each film is approximately 30 minutes. This electronic resource material has been reproduced for Doordarshan by Benoy K. Behl Films. CD-ROM
Philippine National Bibliography The following issues are currently available:
Monographs 1999, Monographs 2004, Monographs 2005, Monographs 2006, Theses 1995 and Theses 2000-2005.
Sabinet Sabinet is a collection of over one hundred South African journals, covering the social sciences, arts and humanities, and law. Full text is provided for most entries. Online
Silk Road Seattle Silk Road Seattle is an ongoing public education project using the "Silk Road" theme to explore cultural interaction across Eurasia from the beginning of the Common Era (A. D.) to the Seventeenth Century. This web site provides Internet materials for learning and teaching about the Silk Road.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
South and Southeast Asian Literature Searchable collection of fiction and poetry written in English by authors from South and Southeast Asia, focusing on works composed during the late-colonial and postcolonial eras. Online
Southeast Asia in the Ming Reign Chronicles (14th-17th Centuries) Southeast Asia in the Ming Reign Chronicles (14th-17th Centuries): "An English-language translation of Ming shi-lu references to Southeast Asia by Geoff Wade, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore".
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Taiwan Electronic Periodical Services (TEPS) Taiwan Electronic Periodical Services (TEPS) provides access to the largest online collection of Taiwanese periodicals. There are over 900 journals covering various disciplines in the humanities and sciences. Online resource
Welcome to Nagorno Karabakh Welcome to Nagorno Karabakh is a compilation of information on the area's geography, history, government, culture and economy, with accompanying bibliography, documents, maps, video and photo material. CD-ROM
World of Learning Information on over 30,000 universities, colleges, schools of art and music, libraries, learned societies, museums and art galleries, research institutes and international cultural, scientific and educational organisations, together with details of more than 200,000 staff and officials.