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Asian Studies

Your guide to Asian Studies resources at the University of Melbourne Library.


Welcome to the Asian Studies Subject Research Guide

Your subject librarians have designed this guide to highlight online resources at the University of Melbourne Library relevant to the Asian Studies major and its elective subjects. 

This guide is intended to be a starting point for your research. For a more comprehensive list of Library resources for this subject please visit the A-Z eJournals and Databases website.

Quick start





Core Arts and Humanities databases (try these first):

The databases below are multidisciplinary so you can expect lots of results from different subject areas.

Asian Studies-specific databases:
For more focused results try searching in one of these subject-specific databases.
Other useful databases:
Free online resource

Neliti is a database giving access to a collection of over 300,000 books, datasets, journal articles and datasets from Indonesia.



Books in the East Asian Collection

East Asian Collection consists of both print and electronic research materials in Chinese, Japanese and Korean languages. This collection mainly covers the areas of arts and humanities, social sciences and architectural history. Print materials are kept on the 4th floor of the Eastern Resource Centre (ERC) Library.

Tips on finding books in the Library Catalogue

To find books on a particular subject, use a keyword search on the Library Catalogue. For example:


Human rights

Asia cinema




Keyword searching often retrieves a large number of results. These four techniques can help you focus your search:



Narrows your search

E.g. Asia AND cinema


Expands your search

E.g. transgender OR LGBT 


" "

Searches for an exact phrase

E.g. "human rights"


searches for variant endings

E.g. democra* = democracy, democratize, democatic


The video below (3:47 mins) explains how you can use these advanced search techniques to quickly find relevant books and ebooks in the catalogue:


You can also find books on similar topics through the subject headings in item records. Click on  these headings to view related subjects around your area and the all the books that the library has related to that subject. The image below shows where you can find subject headings.



Screenshot of how to use subject headings in the library catalogue

Looking for a book we don't have or is not on our shelves?


Inter-Library Loans

University of Melbourne staff and students can request resources through the Library’s Inter-Library Loans service. For more information visit the ILL web page, or you can access the request forms.


Logo of CAVAL

A CAVAL card allows you to borrow from other universities and TAFEs. Visit the CAVAL website to find out how to sign up for a CAVAL card.

You can then use the Trove website to see which library has the book you want.


For more information about finding news, click on the button below (this will open in a new window).


Visit the News and Newspapers Library Guide



Country information

For more information about finding country information, click on the button below (this will open in a new window).


Visit the Company, Industry & Country Information Library Guide



Streaming videos and media



Relevant library guides

Browse the links below to find resources for your specific subject or research area:




Referencing and citing

Need help with your referencing? Click on the button below:


Contact us

Contact your subject librarian


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Xiaoju Liu

Senior Librarian, Chinese & Asian Studies

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