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A-Z Korean Language Databases 한국어 데이터베이스

This page lists the Korean language databases available at SOAS; for other databases use the letter navigation on the left or go to the A-Z database homepage

On-campus access is automatic for most databases; and many can be accessed off-campus using your SOAS id and password (the same as you use for SOAS e-mail and computers). Off-campus access is only available to SOAS students and staff; and is available only where there is a link for 'off-campus use'.

If you need help with any of the databases you can:

  • Ask at the Library Enquiry Desk (Ground floor/Level E), Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.
  • E-mail electronic@soas.ac.uk  
  • Phone 020 7898 4146
TitleDescriptionLinks
Chosun Ilbo Archive 조선일보 아카이브
Newspaper database for Chosun Ilbo. 
Chosun Ilbo Archive 조선일보 아카이브
URL

On-campus: http://srchdb1.chosun.com/pdf/i_archive/
Off-campus: https://ezproxy.soas.ac.uk/login?url=http://srchdb1.chosun.com/pdf/i_archive/

Also accessible through KISS on/off-campus.

Access
Any Library user from computers on-campus. SOAS students and staff only from computers off-campus.

Authentication
Available to all Library users on-campus. Off-campus access available to SOAS staff and students, using their SOAS id and password.

Full-text or bibliographic
Full-text.

Description
Newspaper database for Chosun Ilbo.

Dates covered
1920 to the present date.

Download/e-mail/print/reference software
Download/print available.

On-campus use

Off-campus use
DBpia
Korean language database of 1,200 scholarly journals covering a wide range of subjects including humanities, social sciences, and engineering. 
DBpia
URL

On-campus: http://www.dbpia.co.kr/index_b2b.asp  
Off-campus: https://ezproxy.soas.ac.uk/login?url=http://www.dbpia.co.kr/index_b2b.asp  

Access

Any Library user from computers on-campus. SOAS students and staff only from computers off-campus.

Authentication

Available to all Library users on-campus. Off-campus access available to SOAS staff and students, using their SOAS ID and Password.

Full-text or bibliographic

Full-text.

Description

Journal collection. Contains 1,200,000 articles in from 1,200 scholarly journals. Covers all subject area. Especially strong in humanities, social sciences, and engineering.

Dates covered

First issue to the most recent issue.

Download/e-mail/print/reference software

Download/ Print available

Note

Subscription is partially supported by the Korea Foundation.

On-campus use

Off-campus use
Digital Culture Art Course
A subset of KoreaA2Z. VOD lectures presented by scholars and specialists under 70 titles for 923 courses. Subjects cover literature, culture, art, cinema, music, architecture, animation, and philosophy. 
Digital Culture Art Course

URL
On-campus: http://www.koreaa2z.com/main_ek.htm
Off-campus: https://ezproxy.soas.ac.uk/login?url=http://www.koreaa2z.com/main_ek.htm

Access
Any Library user from computers on-campus. SOAS students and staff only from computers off-campus. 

Authentication
Available to all Library users on-campus. Off-campus access available to SOAS staff and students, using their SOAS ID and Password. 

Full-text or bibliographic
Visual material 

Description
A subset of KoreaA2Z. VOD lectures presented by scholars and specialists under 70 titles for 923 courses. Subjects cover literature, culture, art, cinema, music, architecture, animation, and philosophy.

This resource is part of E-Korean Studies.  

Dates covered
Various 

Download/e-mail/print/reference software 
Print

Note
Subscription is partially supported by the Korea Foundation. 

On-campus use

Off-campus use
e-Korean Studies (EKS) 한국학 데이터베이스
EKS provides access to some 1,400 periodicals, 6,000 e-journals and 5,000 e-books and reference materials. Covers all academic disciplines.   On-campus use

Off-campus use
History Culture Series   
Contains photographs. Subjects cover archaeology, art history, and history. 
History Culture Series   

URL
On-campus: http://www.hisculture.co.kr/
Off-campus: http://ezproxy.soas.ac.uk/login?url=http://www.hisculture.co.kr/

Access
Any Library user from computers on-campus. SOAS students and staff only from computers off-campus. 

Authentication
Available to all Library users on-campus. Off-campus access available to SOAS staff and students, using their SOAS ID and Password. 

Full-text or bibliographic
Full-text and visual material 

Description
Contains photographs. Subjects cover archaeology, art history, and history.

This resource is part of E-Korean Studies.  

Dates covered
Various 

Download/e-mail/print/reference software 
Print

Note
Subscription is partially supported by the Korea Foundation. 

On-campus use

Off-campus use
Kdatabase
Contains journal articles and e-books on Korean history (modern and contemporary); including archive documents during the Japanese colonial period and the U.S. military government, and reference resources on North Korea.  
Kdatabase

URL

On-campus: http://www.kdatabase.com/
Off-campus: https://ezproxy.soas.ac.uk/login?url=http://www.kdatabase.com/

Access
Any Library user from computers on-campus. SOAS students and staff only from computers off-campus. 

Authentication
Available to all Library users on-campus. Off-campus access available to SOAS staff and students, using their SOAS ID and Password. 

Full-text or bibliographic
Full-text. 

Description
Contains journal articles and e-books on Korean history (modern and contemporary); including archive documents during the Japanese colonial period and the U.S. military government, and reference resources on North Korea. This resource is part of E-Korean Studies.  

Dates covered
Various 

Download/e-mail/print/reference software
Print available. 

Note
Subscription is partially supported by the Korea Foundation. 

On-campus use

Off-campus use
KISS [Korean-studies Information Service System]
Contains scholarly articles mainly in Korean, published in some 3,500 journals from 1,200 research institutions in Korea. Covers all subjects in social sciences, humanities and natural sciences. 
KISS [Korean-studies Information Service System]
URL:

On-campus: http://kiss.kstudy.com/

Off-campus: https://ezproxy.soas.ac.uk/login?url=http://kiss.kstudy.com/

Access

Any Library user from computers on-campus. SOAS students and staff only from computers off-campus.

Authentication

Available to all Library users on-campus. Off-campus access available to SOAS staff and students, using their SOAS id and password.

Full-text or bibliographic

Full-text.

Description

Contains scholarly articles mainly in Korean, published in some 3,500 journals from 1,200 research institutions in Korea. Covers all subjects in social sciences, humanities and natural sciences.

Dates covered

1945 to the present date; 1st issue to the latest issue.

Download/e-mail/print/reference software

Download/print available.

On-campus use

Off-campus use
KoreaA2Z
Collection of primary sources and reference materials, including Chosŏn Wangjo Sillok [朝鮮王朝実録], EncyKorea (updated digital edition of Han’guk Minjok Munhwa Taebaekkwa Sajŏn [한국민족문화대백과사전]) and dictionaries. 
KoreaA2Z

URL
On-campus: http://www.koreaa2z.com/
Off-campus: https://ezproxy.soas.ac.uk/login?url=http://www.koreaa2z.com/

Access
Any Library user from computers on-campus. SOAS students and staff only from computers off-campus.
 

Authentication
Available to all Library users on-campus. Off-campus access available to SOAS staff and students, using their SOAS ID and Password.
 

Full-text or bibliographic
Full text and visual material 
 

Description
Collection of primary sources and reference materials, including Chosŏn Wangjo Sillok [
朝鮮王朝実録], EncyKorea (updated digital edition of Han’guk Minjok Munhwa Taebaekkwa Sajŏn [한국민족문화대백과사전]) and dictionaries.

This resource is part of E-Korean Studies.  

Dates covered
Various
 

Download/e-mail/print/reference software
Print available.
 

Note
Subscription is partially supported by the Korea Foundation.
 

On-campus use

Off-campus use
Kpjournal
30,000 articles from 18 academic journals on science in North Korea. 
Kpjournal

URL
On-campus: http://www.kpjournal.com/
Off-campus: https://ezproxy.soas.ac.uk/login?url=http://www.kpjournal.com/

Access
Any Library user from computers on-campus. SOAS students and staff only from computers off-campus. 

Authentication
Available to all Library users on-campus. Off-campus access available to SOAS staff and students, using their SOAS ID and Password 

Full-text or bibliographic
Full-text. 

Description
30,000 articles from 18 academic journals on science in North Korea.

This resource is part of E-Korean Studies.  

Dates covered
Various  

Download/e-mail/print/reference software
Print available. 

Note
Subscription is partially supported by the Korea Foundation. 

On-campus use

Off-campus use
KRpia
Korean language e-book database including reference resources (encyclopaedias, dictionaries, guidebooks, and bibliographies). 
KRpia
URL

On-campus: http://www.krpia.co.kr/  
Off-campus: https://ezproxy.soas.ac.uk/login?url=http://www.krpia.co.kr/

Access

Any Library user from computers on-campus. SOAS students and staff only from computers off-campus.

Authentication

Available to all Library users on-campus. Off-campus access available to SOAS staff and students, using their SOAS ID and Password.

Full-text or bibliographic

Full-text.

Description

E-book database including reference resources (encyclopaedias, dictionaries, guidebooks, and bibliographies). Contents can be searched by author, title and keyword, as well as browsing by subject: Philosophy, history, religion & mythology, social sciences, arts, literature, history, Korean culture, natural flora and fauna, science, and oriental medicine.

Dates covered

Various

Download/e-mail/print/reference software

Download/ Print available

Note

Subscription is partially supported by the Korea Foundation.

On-campus use

Off-campus use
KSI e-book
Provides 4,500 full-text e-books in humanities, social sciences, natural and medical science, arts and physical education, etc. 
KSI e-book

URL
On-campus: http://ebook.kstudy.com
Off-campus: https://ezproxy.soas.ac.uk/login?url=http://ebook.kstudy.com/

Access
Any Library user from computers on-campus. SOAS students and staff only from computers off-campus. 

Authentication
Available to all Library users on-campus. Off-campus access available to SOAS staff and students, using their SOAS ID and Password. 

Full-text or bibliographic
Full-text. 

Description
Provides 4,500 full-text e-books in humanities, social sciences, natural and medical science, arts and physical education, etc. This resource is part of E-Korean Studies.  

Dates covered
Various 

Download/e-mail/print/reference software
Download/Print available. 

Note
Subscription is partially supported by the Korea Foundation. 

On-campus use

Off-campus use
LawnB  
A legal information service. Includes a collection of South Korean legal resources, court reports, administrative data, articles from law journals and newspapers, e-books, directories.  
LawnB  

URL
On-campus:  http://london.lawnb.com
Off-campus: http://ezproxy.soas.ac.uk/login?url=http://london.lawnb.com

Access
Any Library user from computers on-campus. SOAS students and staff only from computers off-campus. 

Authentication
Available to all Library users on-campus. Off-campus access available to SOAS staff and students, using their SOAS ID and Password. 

Full-text or bibliographic
Full-text. 

Description
A legal information service. Includes a collection of South Korean legal resources, court reports, administrative data, articles from law journals and newspapers, e-books, directories.

This resource is part of E-Korean Studies.  

Dates covered
Various 

Download/e-mail/print/reference software
Print available. 

Note
Subscription is partially supported by the Korea Foundation.

On-campus use

Off-campus use
Naver News Library [Naver 뉴스 라이브러리]
Newspaper database. A digital archive for Tonga ilbo[東亞日報], Kyŏnghyang sinmun  [京鄕新聞] and Maeil kyŏngje sinmun [每日經濟新聞].  
Naver News Library [Naver 뉴스 라이브러리]
URL

On-campus: http://newslibrary.naver.com/
Off-campus: https://ezproxy.soas.ac.uk/login?url=http://newslibrary.naver.com/

Access

Any Library user from computers on-campus. SOAS students and staff only from computers off-campus.


Authentication

Available to all Library users on-campus. Off-campus access available to SOAS staff and students, using their SOAS id and password.


Full-text or bibliographic

Full-text.

Description

Newspaper database. A digital archive for Tonga ilbo[東亞日報], Kyŏnghyang sinmun  [京鄕新聞] and Maeil kyŏngje sinmun [每日經濟新聞]. Keyword search is available. Advanced search allows by choosing categories among eight subjects (e.g., politics, economy) and 25 document types (e.g., news articles, advertisements)

Dates covered

東亞日報  [Tonga ilbo] : 1920-1999
京鄕新聞  [Kyŏnghyang sinmun] : 1946-1999
每日經濟新聞  [Maeil kyŏngje sinmun = Maeil Business Newspaper] : 1966-1999

Download/e-mail/print/reference software

Download/e-mail/print not available.

On-campus use

Off-campus use