Selected reference sources
Dictionaries and encyclopedias are often a useful starting point. They can supply basic factual information and definitions. The University of Melbourne Library holds a large collection of reference works in print and electronic formats including subject specific dictionaries and encyclopedias.
Some online resources are available only to University of Melbourne staff and students. You will be prompted to enter your University email username and password. Once you have logged in go to Find a Database and type in the title of the resource.
Bibliography of Asian Studies (online resource):
This on-line version of the Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS) contains records 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. The BAS is updated regularly, with batch posting of thousands of new entries in each upload.
A Select Directory of Databases (ASIANRES), contains information on selected Asia/Pacific related databases and services. Some services can be accessed free on the Internet, while others require a subscription, and/or payment for online connect time.
Since numerous commercial databases on science, technology, business, commerce and economics are already well documented in existing directories; the primary focus here is research, the social sciences and humanities, and smaller, less commercial, databases that are being developed in the Asia/Pacific region.