SOAS University of London

SOAS Library

Starting Your Research

  • How do I find books and journals?

    Search the SOAS Library catalogue. This will find print and electronic books and print journals.

    Widen your search to include other research libraries in the UK and Ireland by using Copac

  • How do I find journal articles?

    If you know the article you are looking for, search the Library catalogue and/or EBSCO Discovery searching tool and then move on to more subject-specific databases.

    If you want to find  Chinese language articles then search A-Z Chinese Language Databases 中文資料庫

  • How do I find multimedia resources?

    In the Library you can search by classmark for DVDs and CDs.

  • How do I find newspapers?

    World-wide newspapers 1996- (including China, Hong Kong and Taiwan) on Access World News

    Renmin ribao 人民日报and 聯合新聞網 via A-Z Chinese Language databases

    North China Herald via Brill Primary Source Periodicals. 1850-1940

    UK Newspapers on Lexis Library

    19th century British Library newspapers (48 selected national, regional & local titles)

  • SOAS Research online

    SOAS Research Online - Open access e-print repository of academic publications (articles, book chapters, theses etc.) by SOAS staff and students. 

  • What if SOAS library does not hold what I need?

    Try other Libraries:

    Try our e-book collections:

    Western ebook

    Chinese ebook

    • Apabi Digital Library 阿帕比数字资源库 (On-campus only)
    • China Maxx (中文集献) (SOAS staff & students only when off-site)
    • Duxiu 读秀 (SOAS staff & students only when off-site)

    Use the Inter-Library loans service to request books from other Libraries
    See Interlibrary loan for further details.

  • I'd like further training. Who do I ask?

    Check the Library Events pages for upcoming training sessions.

    Contact the Subject Librarian for China and Inner Asia