Chinese & Japanese - Finding Articles

For some assignments, our Discovery Service will give you enough sources to work with.

Sometimes you may want to try specific databases or journals – perhaps your lecturer has recommended particular names as a good way of finding articles. This page lists key sources for East Asian Studies:



An academic journal archive containing thousands of articles on a wide range of subjects. You will need to search other databases to find the most recent years.

A journal archive containing thousands of articles relevant to your studies.

More Specialist Sources

Try these especially for dissertation work

Search across Chinese holdings in large UK university libraries in just one search.

Search across Japanese holdings in large UK university libraries in just one search.


A peer-reviewed journal which presents timely and in-depth analyses of major developments in contemporary China and overseas Chinese communities in the areas of politics, economics, law, ecology, culture, and society, including literature and the arts.

The leading, peer-reviewed journal covering all aspects of contemporary China including Taiwan. First published in 1960, this journal gives you historical perspectives, in-depth analyses, and a deeper understanding of China and Chinese culture.

The leading European peer-reviewed journal in the field of Japanese Studies - subject areas range from archaeology, language, literature, philosophy and culture to history, economics, politics, international relations and law.

A key, peer-reviewed journal which covers the whole of Asia, past and present, and includes the arts, history, literature, the social sciences, and cultural studies.

An open access journal which publishes research papers on China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao and transnational issues.

The leading, American, peer-reviewed journal focusing on Japan and Japanese Society.

A peer-reviewed journal covering the history, sociology, economics and culture of modern South Asia, South-East Asia, China, Japan and Korea.

A peer-reviewed journal which publishes history and social science articles focusing on late-imperial, twentieth-century, and present-day China.

News Services & Archives

The official English newspaper of China.

The most widely read English language newspaper in Japan.

• Nexis not in Discovery 

Full text articles from many news sources and trade journals both UK and international. Archives sometimes stretching back to the mid 1980's.

Regional and national newspapers from the UK, Europe, the USA and Australasia, dating from the 1980s onwards – includes The South China Morning Post.

• Nikkei 

Japan’s online media leader – this links to the English version.

• not in Discovery 

The best way to trace newspapers from countries not covered by Nexis.

The best way to trace newspapers across the world.

The most influential and authoritative newspaper in China, created in May 1946, containing government policy information and resolutions as well as major domestic and international news.

• The Times: Digital Archive 1785-2011 not in Discovery 

Search over 200 years of articles. Articles are full facsimiles of what was published on the day and you can view the article in its original page location if you want.

Book Locations

Please check the Library Catalogue to find the exact book you need. A few useful starting points include

Asian foreign policy - 327.5
Asian politics in general - 320.95
history of China & adjacent areas - 951
history of Japan - 952
languages of East & Southeast Asia - 495


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