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East Asian Studies: Korea

This guide provides access to key resources for East Asian Studies at NYU and elsewhere.

Korean Search Tips

BobCat and WorldCat can now be searched using 한글! Give it a try. You can search either in original Korean scripts or the McCune-Reischauer romanization system.  BobCat and WorldCat both use the Library of Congress romanization system for Korean, based on the principles of the McCune-Reischauer system. McCune-Reischauer romanization was created in 1937. In 2009, the Library of Congress released the revised McCune-Reischauer Romanization system and word division.

Online Bibliography

A very comprehensive bibliography of works about Korea in English is available online in two forms. One is a browsable list sorted by topic, and the other is in searchable database form. Although the list is modestly entitled Korean History: A Bibliography, it encompasses resources covering disciplines outside history as well. It was compiled by Kenneth R. Robinson of International Christian University and is maintained by the University of Hawaii's Center for Korean Studies.

Not at Bobst?

If you need a resource that we don't appear to have yet, please be sure to contact the East Asian Studies librarian using the links on the right side of this page. Request it! You may also want to request the material via InterLibrary Loan.

Digital Collections on Korea

Photo Postcard Image Collection of Colonial Korea

A digital collection from the University of Chicago, the Photo Postcard Image Collection of Colonial Korea includes over 7000 postcard images of Korea and was created during the first half of the 20th century.

Online Resources in Korean - Databases, E-Books, Journal Articles, and Newspapers

Print Journals

We subscribe to the following Korean print journals. Current issues are in the Current Periodical room on the 3rd floor of Bobst; bound back issues are found in the stacks of Bobst at the call number indicated in BobCat.

Ch'angjak kwa pip'yong


Munhak kwa sahoe


Munhak tongne


Yoksa pip'yong


Tangdae pip'yong


Wolgan choson


Sin tonga


Yosong kwa sahoe

여성과 사회

Segye ui munhak


Kyongje wa sahoe

경제와 사회

Tonghyang kwa chonmang


North Korea

For news, intelligence analysis, travel reports, and other data about North Korea, go to NK News.

Try NK Pro for "a wide range of research tools, databases, comprehensive media monitoring services and long-form, expert analysis on contemporary issues."

Subject Librarian

Recommend a Purchase for the Library

Korean Studies

Korean Studies Portal: This portal has links to many useful resources for Korean Studies research. It covers Korean Studies, Korean TV and Video, News, and many subjects of interest, including art, academia, computing, history, literature, news, maps, and more.

Korean History: A Bibliography: A wonderful resource for academic studies covering Korean history compiled by Kenneth R. Robinson at the University of Hawaii.