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  • Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS)
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    The Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS) contains over 737,175 records (as of July 9, 2009) on all subjects (especially in the humanities and the social sciences) pertaining to East, Southeast, and South Asia published worldwide from 1971 to the present. Through the 1991 printed version, the BAS included citations to Western-language periodical articles, monographs, chapters in edited volumes, conference proceedings, anthologies, and Festschriften, etc. Monographs published since 1992 have not been added to the database, and users seeking such monographs are urged to consult other general resources and databases (RLIN, OCLC, etc.). The online BAS offers users various methods for seeking citations. A separate screen allows users to set their preferences for displaying and downloading data in different formats and character encodings. The BAS is updated regularly, with batch posting of thousands of new entries in each upload.
  • Brill's New Pauly
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    The online equivalent of the print edition of both New Pauly and Neue Pauly (available in Doheny Reference/Classics, Call No. DE5.N4813 2002).This work provides authoritative coverage of the ancient world, from the prehistory of the Aegean (2d millennium BCE) to late antiquity, with a special section devoted to the history of the classical tradition and the history of classical scholarship. Scholarly articles, many illustrated with maps, site plans, genealogical tables, and photos.It is automatically updated whenever a new print volume is published.If you need to make extensive use of this database, you should read "Fonts, special characters, and appearance of the text," on the Welcome page.
  • China, America and the Pacific
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    Explore an extensive range of archival material connected to the trading and cultural relationships that emerged between China, America and the Pacific region between the 18th and early 20th centuries. Manuscript sources, rare printed texts, visual images, objects and maps document this fascinating history.
  • China: Culture and Society
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    Spanning three centuries (c1750-1929), this resource makes available for the first time extremely rare pamphlets from Cornell University Library’s Charles W. Wason Collection on East Asia. The resource is full-text searchable, allowing for the collection to be comprehensively explored and studied.
  • China: Trade, Politics and Culture, 1793-1980
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    Sources from the School of Oriental and African Studies and the British Library, London.
  • Confidential Print: Middle East, 1839-1969
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    Confidential prints issued by the United Kingdom Foreign and Colonial Office since approximately 1820.
  • Early Photography of Japan
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    A collection of photographs of late 19th to early 20th centuries Japan from the E. G. Stillman Japanese Collection held by Widener Library and the Fine Arts Library at Harvard University. The collection contains hand-colored souvenir photograph albums by the early Japanese and European photographers and black-and-white snapshots of Japan probably taken by the collector in 1905. Also included is an online version of the 10-volume imperial edition of/Japan: Described and Illustrated by the Japanese/, published by J. B. Millet Company of Boston in 1897-1898.
  • Encyclopaedia Iranica
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    The Encyclopædia Iranica is a comprehensive research tool dedicated to the study of Iranian civilization in the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and the Indian subcontinent.
  • Foreign Office Files for India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, 1947-1980
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    Sourced from the British Foreign Office files, this resource covers the political and social history of India, Pakistan and Afghanistan in this period with additional content on Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim and Kashmir, as well as other frontier regions. The threat posed by China and the Soviet Union is analyzed in detail. Other files look at the impact on United Kingdom, US and European trade, industrial policy, education and the media. There is a variety of material including diplomatic dispatches, telegrams, newspaper cuttings and transcripts, maps, photographs, political and economic reports, minutes of meetings, conference proceedings, letters, and other ephemera. This project comprises the following three sections: Independence, Partition and the Nehru Era, 1947-1964; South Asian Conflicts and Independence for Bangladesh, 1965-1971; Afghanistan and the Cold War, Emergency Rule in India, and the Resumption of Civilian Rule in Pakistan, 1972-1980.
  • Historical Abstracts with Full Text
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    Covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present, including military history, women's history, history of education, and much more. This database provides indexing of historical articles from more than 1,800 journals in over 40 languages back to 1955 and access to the full text of more than 349 journals and more than 120 books.
  • India, Raj and Empire
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    Manuscript collections from the National Library of Scotland. The National Library of Scotland has wonderful collections documenting this history from the foundation of the East India Company in 1615 to the granting of independence for India and Pakistan in 1947.
  • Medieval Travel Writing
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    Provides direct access to a widely scattered collection of original medieval manuscripts that describe travel - real and imaginary - in the Middle Ages.
  • Meiji Japan
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    Original source materials based on The Edward Sylvester Morse Collection from the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.
  • Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO)
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    19th Century Collections Online is a multi-year global digitization and publishing program focusing on archival collections of primary sources providing full-text, fully searchable content. The collection includes monographs, newspapers, pamphlets, manuscripts, ephemera, maps, statistics, and more in both Western and non-Western languages. Currently available are over 10,000,000 pages in the following modules: Asia and the West: Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange;British Politics and Society;British Theatre, Music, and Literature: High & Popular Culture//European Literature, 1790-1840.
  • World Newsreels Online (1929–1966)
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    World Newsreels Online, 1929-1966, a streaming video product which captures full runs of many of the key international newsreels produced during the early twentieth century. These films, produced from 1929 right through to the early post-war period, provide a unique – and until now largely neglected, resource that will give scholars a real insight into how people learned about, and lived through the events that occurred during this period of history