Starting Your Research
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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 Library Hub Discover
How do I find journal articles?
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?
How do I find newspapers?
- World-wide newspapers 1996- (including China, Hong Kong and Taiwan) on Access World News
- 聯合新聞網udn.com 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:
- British Library: Chinese Collections Details of the Chinese collections in the Oriental and India Office of the British Library.
- C.V. Starr East Asian Library The C. V. Starr East Asian Library is one of the major collections for the study of East Asia in the United States.
- Cambridge University Library The Oriental Collections at Cambridge University Library.
- The Council on East Asian Libraries Homepage (CEAL) The official homepage of CEAL, the organisation for East Asian librarians in North America. Site contains links to East Asian Library Websites in North America.
- The Harvard-Yenching Library One of the most important libraries in the US with coverage of East Asian subjects.
- UK Union Catalogue of Chinese Books Includes the British Library, Cambridge, Durham, Edinburgh, Leeds, Oxford and SOAS.
- University of Oxford, Bodleian Library, Department of Oriental Collections Includes Oriental Institute Library, Eastern Art Library, Japanese Library and Institute for Chinese Studies Library. Also the main host of the CJK online Research Support Libraries Programme in the UK
- European Association of Sinological Librarians (EASL) Links to Sinological Libraries in Europe and the rest of the world
Try our e-book collections:
- Cambridge Books Online (SOAS staff & students only when off-site)
- E-brary (SOAS staff & students only)
- Dawsonera (SOAS staff & students only)
- 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