Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences — Interdisciplinary Humanities & Social Sciences
East Asian Studies

Librarian Subject Specialist

Elmyra Appel — (530) 752‑2002 — Humanities, Social Sciences, and Government Information Services (
Spanish Language and Literature, Latin American Studies, & Library Science
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Subject Specific Databases

Bibliography of Asian Studies ( [Restricted] VPN
The online version of the Bibliography of Asian Studies contains more than 800,000 records on all subjects (especially humanities and social sciences) pertaining to East, Southeast, and South Asia published worldwide beginning in 1971 to present.
Coverage: 1971-present, depending upon the subfile.
Bibliography of Japanese History to 1912 (
A completely revised bibliography of Japanese history to the end of the Meiji period, by Peter Kornicki. The original appeared in 1996 (UC-Davis has this copy at H/SS Reference, call no. DS835 K67 1996.) The bibliography is arranged by period and also by topics such as foreign relations 1800-1900 and Meiji economic, intellectual, social, and military history.
CiNii = NII 論文ナビゲ--タ = NII Scholarly and Academic Information Navigator (Japanese Database) ( [Restricted] VPN
CiNii (Citation Information by National Institute of Informatics) is a bibliographic information system for scholarly journal articles, with which users can (1) search article citations originally from various databases, covering ca. 17,000 journal titles in 8 million articles; (2) view photographic image of the full-text articles for ca. 1500 journal titles in 2 million articles; (3) trace articles that were referred to in the article, and trace articles that cite the article, covering ca. 1200 titles in 0.8 million articles. As a periodical index to Japanese academic journal as well as an access to full text articles from some journals, CiNii, at present, is the only resource that provides full text access to Japanese journal articles.
Coverage: 1948 to present
  • Needs Japanese word processor for searching in Japanese.
  • CiNii Quick guide (
Dacheng Old Journal Full Text Database ( [Restricted] VPN
This collection of old journals contains more than 7,000 journal titles and 130,000 issues published in China from the late Qing Dynasty to 1949. Subject content includes, but is not limited to, philosophy, economics, politics, military, literature, history, industry, agriculture, geography and medicine. Well-known titles include The Young Companion (良友), Huang Pu(黃埔), and Wan Guo Gong Bao (萬國公報). The database can be browsed by journal title, and searched by article title, author, journal title, publishing year and publishing place. Articles can be downloaded in PDF format.
Coverage: Late Qing Dynasty - 1949
Lian he zhi shi ku 聯合知識庫= News Database=UDNDATA (Chinese Database) ( [Restricted] VPN
UDNDATA is a newspaper database of the United Daily News Group, the largest news group in Taiwan. UDNDATA covers seven Chinese newspapers in Taiwan, Europe and North America: Lian He Bao 聯合報, Jing Ji Ri Bao 經濟日報, Min Sheng Bao 民生報, Lian He Wan Bao 聯合晚報, Xing Bao 星報 in Taiwan, Ouzhou Ri Bao 歐洲日報 in Europe and Meizhou Shi Jie Ri bao 美洲世界日報 in North America. The online database provides current and searchable full-text articles, as well as searchable images, published on the above seven newspapers. It is not only a major information source in Taiwan, but also an important information sources on overseas Chinese in Europe and North America.
  • For better search result, use traditional Chinese words in searching.
Quan guo bao kan suo yin 全國報刊索引= National Index to Chinese Newspapers and Periodicals (NICNP) (Chinese Database) ( [Restricted] VPN
NICNP is provided by Shanghai Wenda Information Co., Ltd., based in Shanghai, China. The database provides internet access to titles, authors, and abstracts of newspaper/journal articles published between 1833 to 1979 in China. NICNP covers various subject areas in social sciences and humanities, such as religion, literature, culture, art, politics, economics, and history.
Coverage: 1833-1992
  • Needs Chinese word processor for searching in Chinese.
Shu zi hua qi kan shu ju ku 数字化期刊数据库= China Online Journals=COJ (Chinese Database) ( [Restricted] VPN
COJ is a comprehensive databases in the area of social sciences, arts and humanities, and business and economics. The sub-databases include China Academic Conference Proceedings (Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences), China Online Journals (Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences), Chinese Companies and Products, Dissertations of China(Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences), and Policies and Laws of China. The digital resources are all in PDF, HTML format, with an integrated cross-database search platform. All databases are updated frequently.
Coverage: from 1986--
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  • Needs Chinese word processor for searching in Chinese.
Taiwan dian zi qi kan fu wu wang 臺灣電子期刊服務網=Taiwan electronic periodical services =TEPS (Chinese Database) ( [Restricted] VPN
TEPS offers full text articles of periodicals published in Taiwan. The subject includes humanities, natural science, applied science, medical & life science, and social sciences.
  • For better search result, use traditional Chinese words in searching.
  • User Guide (
Zasshi Kiji Sakuin 雑誌記事索引 = MagazinePlus= Nichiga/web sabisu (Japanese Database) ( [Restricted] VPN
This is an index of Japanese language journals and periodical articles.
Coverage: 1975-present.
  • Needs Japanese word processor for searching in Japanese.
Zhongguo qi kan quan wen shu ju ku 中国期刊全文数据库= China Academic Journals = CAJ (Chinese database) ( [Restricted] VPN
This is a full-text Chinese academic journal database for Chinese Studies researchers. The UC system subscribes the series in the Literature/History/Philosophy, Economics/Politics/Law, and Education/Social Sciences. The database includes current issues, plus total of 1207 titles from the Century Journal Project (covers the years of 1915-1993.)
Coverage: 1915--2002 for UCD
  • Needs Chinese word processor for searching in Chinese.

Full-Text Resources

Annuals of the Choson Dynasty 朝鮮王朝實錄 (Korean Database) (
The annuals of the Choson Dynasty comprises 1893 books, covering 472 years (1392-1863) history of the Choson Dynasty, from the reign of King Taejo (the founder) to the end of the reign of King Cheoljong. Thick extensive set of records is considered to deal with the longest period of a single dynasty in the world.
Coverage: 1392-1863
  • It is recommended to download the special fonts onto your computer before using this database.
  • This is free, in Korean language.
Bungei kurabu 文藝倶楽部/Taiyō 太陽, ( [Restricted] VPN

Bungei kurabu was originally published by Hakubunkan from 1895 to 1933. This online version of the journal offers access to 284 issues published between 1895 and 1912 in 108,070 pages, comprising articles by ca. 2,600 authors, including Higuchi Ichiyō, Izumi Kyōka, Ozaki Kōyō, Tayama Katai, and Yamada Bimyō. In addition to literary texts, the journal features also color illustrations at front pages (kuchie) by well-known artists of the time.

Article titles in 3 journals included in the series (Taiyō, Bungei kurabu, Kōyūkai zasshi)can be searched. Full-text access is available only for “Taiyō and “Bungei kurabu.”

Coverage: 1895-1912
Gu jin tu shu ji cheng 古今图书集成 (标点) = Complete classics collection of ancient China (Chinese Database) ( [Restricted] VPN
Trace 5000 years of Chinese civilization from its early origins to the Qing Dynasty. Edited by Chen Meng-lei, a renowed scholar of the Qing Dynasty. Based on the authoritative 64 volume edition from 1934 with original text, illustrations and punctuation. The collection includes works on astronomy, geography, history, philosophy, literature, politics, economics, art, education, agriculture, medicine and more.
Coverage: From ancient China through the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)
  • Needs Chinese word processor for searching in Chinese.
Ren min ri bao 人民日报电子版= People's Daily (Chinese Database) ( [Restricted] VPN
The "People's Daily" is the official voice of the central government of the People's Republic of China. This database provides complete official records of the Chinese government from 1946-2005.
Coverage: 1946-2005
  • Needs Chinese word processor for searching in Chinese.
Shun Bao 申报 = Shanghai News ( [Restricted] VPN
The ShunBao (Shen Bao)database is composed of the digitized issues of the Shanghai, China newspaper published from 1872 to 1949. Considered by many to be the longest lasting and most influential newspaper in modern China, the publication covered the major political and social developments for over half a century. The full name of the newspaper was Shenjiang Xinbao (translated as Shenjiang New Post, also known in English as the Shanghai News). Content has not been translated or transliterated from the Chinese script.
Coverage: 1872-1949
Taiwan wen xian cong kan 臺灣文獻叢刊= The Encyclopedia of Taiwan (Chinese database) ( [Restricted] VPN
This is the largest single database on Taiwanese history in the Chinese language, including abstracts and indexing from thousand of books. The database contains 595 books divided into 309 categories. This collection incorporaates local histories, official documents of Ming, Qin and Nan-Ming Dynasties, poetry, and private collections. It covers multiple dimensions of study, including geography, local customs, politics, economics, sociology, laws and culture. Based on the Taiwan Literature Series and edited by Chou Hsien-wen. It is also useful to the research on history of China's international trades and relations.
Coverage: From Tang Dynasty (618-907) through the Japanese occupation period (1895-1945.)
  • For best result, use traditional Chinese words for searching.
TBRC digital library. Core text collections The Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center ( [Restricted] VPN
Author: Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center
TBRC actively seeks out new publications, rare literature, and electronic texts for incorporation into the TBRC Library full text digital holdings. Tibetan publications from small printing houses, monasteries, and educational institutions in China, India, Bhutan, and Nepal are included. The TBRC Library contains works that span the range of every major literary genre of Tibetan literature. The mission of TBRC is seek out works and organize them in all in a single place. This library is continually expanding.
Coverage: Varies
Wen Yuan Ge Si ku Quan Shu 文淵閣四庫全書=Si ku quan shu (Online) [Chinese Database] ( [Restricted] VPN

The "Siku Quan Shu=Complete Library in Four Branches" was compiled during the years 1773-1782 by edict from Emperor Qianlong. It includes 3460 works, with a total of more then 36,000 volumes. In the "Siku Quan shu", the important works include history, astronomy, geography, rules and regulations, politics, economics, society, science and technology, and philosophy. Its four main bibliographic divisions are jing 經, shi 史, zi 子, and ji 集.

NOTE: Access to the "Siku Quan Shu" is available ONLY by using the Internet Explorer (IE) browser. Off campus the database is accessible only through the Proxy Server (; the "Siku Quan Shu" is not accessible using the VPN.

Coverage: 878 BC--1600
  • User Guide (
  • Works only with IE browser. Need to use traditional Chinese words for searching.
Yomidas Rekishikan ヨミダス歴史館 ( [Restricted] VPN
Author: Yomiuri Shinbun
Yomidas Rekishikan is the full text database of the Yomiuri shinbun, Japan's largest newspaper. Coverage ranges from 1874 to the present. More than 11 million Japanese-language articles from the Yomiuri shinbun 読売新聞 are supplemented by English-language articles from the Daily Yomiuri (1989-present). Am image file and biographical sketches of nearly 26,000 contemporary individuals are included in the database.
Coverage: 1874 - present
Zhongguo fan you yun dong shu ju ku, 1957- Chinese anti-rightist campaign database, 1957-
Author: Song, Yongyi, editor
Database covers sources on Chinese political movements between 1955-1958. Included are more than 10,000 government documents and files, speeches, bulletins and articles labeled "Rightist" at the time. Searchable in both Chinese and English.
Coverage: 1957-1958
Date: 2010
Location: Madrid Workstation, H/SS & Gov Info Services Reference, 2nd Floor, Shields Library


ARTstor ( [Restricted] VPN
ARTStor is a library of digital images, associated information, and software tools designed to enhance teaching, learning and scholarship. It contains a searchable database of more than 500,000 digital images, covers many time periods and cultures, and documents the fields of architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, and design, as well as many other forms of visual culture.
  • ARTstor
    For off-campus access, first register with ARTstor from a computer on campus. Then, you may login from off campus with your ARTstor ID by going directly to Or, you may use the VPN or the Proxy Server.
  • If you would like to join a UCD community of ARTstor users to share discoveries and help solve problems, please join our ARTstor Users Group on Smartsite.
Gu gong xian shang 故宮線上典藏資料庫=National Palace Museum Online=NPM Online (Chinese database)
The NPM Online is the only online database authorized by the National Palace Museum in Taiwan to display photo images and related descriptive articles about the pieces in their collections. Currently there are more than 12,000 images of Chinese art and antiques. The collections are classified into seven categories: painting, calligraphy, ceramics, jade, bronze, Buddhist antiques, and rarities. THE NPM ONLINE DATABASE IS NO LONGER PRODUCED AND AVAILABLE FOR SUBSCRIPTION.
Coverage: Coverage ranges from 4000 BC to the modern era.
  • Needs Chinese (traditional) word processor for searching.
  • User Guide (

General Databases

Academic Search Complete [via EBSCO] ( [Restricted] VPN
Academic Search Complete (ASC) provides coverage of multidisciplinary, full-text academic journals to support scholarly research in all areas of the arts, humanities and the social, life and physical sciences. The database includes the full-text articles from 9,100 journals, with an additional 13,690 journals indexed and abstracted. Searches can be restricted to peer-reviewed articles.
Coverage: 1887-present
JSTOR: The Scholarly Journal Archive ( [Restricted] VPN
JSTOR provides Full-Text access to back files of hundreds important scholarly journals in nearly 50 disciplines spanning the arts, humanities, social sciences and the sciences. Current issues are now included for selected titles. Holdings vary by journal. JSTOR is a not-for-profit organization established with the assistance of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
  • About J Stor (
    Visit this page to learn about the holdings of JSTOR journals. See Harvest Library Catalog for UC Davis access to recent and current materials.
Melvyl: The Catalog of the University of California Libraries (
The Melvyl catalog contains records for materials held by the libraries of the ten UC campuses, the California State Library, Hastings College of the Law, the California Academy of Sciences, the California Historical Society, the Center for Research Libraries, the Graduate Theological Union, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. All publication dates are included. The database contains over 23,000,000 records, and most campuses update their holdings on a weekly basis.
Project Muse: Scholarly Journals Online ( [Restricted] VPN
Project Muse provides full text access to hundreds of journals in the arts, humanities, social sciences and mathematics. It is useful for searching interdisciplinary cultural studies topics. Its full-text search engine permits finer-grained searching than any other index for these journals. Coverage varies by journal.
WorldCat [via FirstSearch/OCLC] ( [Restricted] VPN
OCLC catalog of millions of records for books, journal titles and materials in other formats from approximately 12,000 libraries worldwide.
Coverage: 1000 A.D.-present

Other Resources

East Asian Language Collection [UC Davis Library] (
The home page for the East Asian Language Collection at UC Davis. The East Asian Languages Collection supports the Undergraduate programs in Chinese, Japanese, and East Asian Studies; it also supports the graduate programs in Chinese History, Art History, and Comparative Literature in the University of California, Davis.