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East Asian Studies

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

Welcome to the East Asian Studies Library Guide

The East Asian Studies Collection at Bobst Library reflects the history of East Asian Studies at NYU. An East Asian Studies program came into existence in the 1980s and the East Asian Studies Department was created in the late 1990s. Graduate degree candidates were admitted in the Fall of 2004. With assistance from faculty in the East Asian Studies Department, the East Asian Studies Librarian began building the library collection in the 1990s.

The Collection includes materials in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages, as well as resources in English and other languages about the region of East Asia. For assistance with locating materials or with conducting research on East Asia in English, Chinese, Japanese, or Korean, please contact the East Asian Studies Librarian

Finding East Asian Studies Materials at Bobst Library - Request Online

Searching at Bobst Library 

Since entering Bobst Library is limited due to the pandemic, start your search with our library catalog, Bobcat

  • You can search by title, author, keyword, subject heading, ISBN, and more.
  • You can limit your search to Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language holdings, or also search directly in East Asian languages.
  • Ebooks are available from the online catalog, and as of Fall Semester, print materials can be requested online with some scanning and contactless pickup or delivery options available.

If you are looking for journal articles, try searching our many databases.

Contact the East Asian Studies librarian to learn how to do all of this and more.

Locating Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language materials within the library


  • Books, reference books, and non-current periodicals written in the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages are located in the 10th Floor North Reading Room, or may be offsite and can be requested through our Bobcat catalog.
  • Books, reference books, and bound journals about East Asia written in Western languages are located on floors 1-9, or may be offsite and can be requested through our Bobcat catalog.

Journals, Articles, & Online Databases

  • Current issues of print periodicals are in the Current Periodicals room on the 3rd floor. Older issues are on the 10th Floor, or may be offsite and can be requested through our Bobcat catalog.
  • Databases, e-Books, and online resources can be used from any NYU Library computer, or your own by logging on with your NYU Net ID, whether in the library or not.

Visual Materials

Films, Videorecordings, DVDs, and other visual materials are in the Avery Fisher Center for Music and Media, 7th floor (search the Bobcat catalog to locate them as you would books, reference books, and journals. In the Advanced Search screen, you can limit "Material Type" to video for your search. You can also limit the language to Chinese, Japanese, or Korean).

Archival Materials

Archival material and special collections resources related to East Asia are held in the Fales Library and Special Collections, and the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives in the Special Collections Center. Check their websites for hours and to search their finding aids. For example: interested in East Asian serials or Asian American serials in the archives? Check out the finding aid for the newly processed collection at Tamiment Library: Asia Serials TAM.779

Data & GIS

For finding data or GIS, please check with our Data Services Department. It is located on the 5th Floor, Research Commons, Bobst Library. Send Email to

Guide to Finding Online Resources

Search Tips

  • To find Chinese, Japanese, and Korean materials (books, articles, video & audio), you can always select the language from the drop-down box under language, or use the filters to select language (on the left-hand side of the Advanced Search screen in Bobcat).
  • When searching EBSCO Discovery Services for articles, you can also select language as a filter on the left-hand side of the search screen, and select FULL TEXT for online.  
  • Try the New Feature: Always Available Online filter option.  From the Advanced Search screen, click on Always Available Online 

Language learning resources at NYU Library

Online Database:

Mango is an online language-learning system that provides instruction for Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian and other languages. Includes audio and video learning tools.

Other Resources:

  • For Japanese language learning: Tadoku books (readers)
  • Access Japanese language learning e-book readers with Maruzen ebook Library
    • にほんご多読ブックス/Nihongo tadoku bukkusu (34 vols.)
    • にほんごよむよむ文庫/Nihongo Yomuyomu bunko (43 vols.)

East Asian Digital Collections

National Collections

Library of Congress:

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

The China Collection

British Library

Cultural Japan

A digital platform that connects collections related to Japanese culture published in museums and libraries from around the world

Digital Library

NDLTD in Taiwan

National Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations in Taiwan

National Diet Library of Japan

National Library of Korea

Digital Collections

Academic Libraries

Harvard University


East Asia Image Collection

University of Oregon

e-Asia Digital Library

University of Pittsburgh

  • Chinese Political Prisoners - Collection includes 104 photographs of Chinese political prisoners taken between 1924-1946. Each photograph is  2 x 1 inches in size. Possibly political prisoners from the French concession in Shanghai during the 1930’s and 1940’s.
  • Overseas Chinese Studies Newsletters - Content reflects literary and artistic creations, thoughts on social, economic, and political issues in the 1960s and 1970s. 832 individual newsletters from 169 serial newsletters. 15,833 scanned pages.

University of Hawaii at Manoa Library

The Emery D. Middleton Collection: Photos during the Allied Occupation of Japan - The image site contains over 600 photo images taken in Okinawa and elsewhere in Japan between 1945-1947 while Middleton served in the Okinawa Campaign of the Pacific and then during the Occupation of Japan as Battalion Commander of the Military Police.

USC Libraries

Unpinning History--Japanese Posters in the Age of Commercialism, Imperialism, and Modernism - A unique collection of Japanese posters that were produced in the 1910s and 1920s. Curated by the “Later Japanese Art” class of Spring 2020, the exhibition focuses on approximately half of the collection to illuminate themes emblematic of Japan in the tumultuous Taishō (1912-1926) and early Shōwa (1926-1989) periods. 

Ritsumeikan University, Art Research Center (ARC)

The Gion Festival Digital Museum 2020: The Past, Present, and Future of the Gion Festival - Digitized cultural resources related to the summer Gion festival, including the Funeboko and Hachiman-yama floats, as well as the Nagae Family Residence, a large-scale Kyo-machiya designated a cultural property by the city of Kyoto. This collection contains maps, audio-visual materials, photographs and images, paintings, old videos, and documents.

East Asian Digital Scholarship Resources

Digital Scholarship Resources for East Asian Studies and Beyond (PDF) compiled by the Committee on Technical Processing (CEAL) in summer 2018

This list includes:

  • Biographic Databases
  • Geographic Databases
  • Bibliographic Databases
  • Dictionaries
  • Digital Platforms
  • Digital Infrastructure and Frameworks
  • DH Tools
  • DH Library Resources
  • Thesauri

East Asian Studies at NYU

East Asian Resources in New York City

Asian American Resources at NYU

For assistance with Asian/Pacific/American Studies research, please contact NYU librarian Andrew H. Lee.

For the Department, contact the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU

Citing Sources in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language

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