For all works in Western languages, articles and books, dealing with Japan, China and Korea (among others), search first the online version of the
This contains more than 700,000 records on all subjects (especially humanities and social sciences) pertaining to East, Southeast, and South Asia published worldwide from 1971 to the present. Through the 1991 printed version, the BAS included citations to western-language periodical articles, individually authored monographs, chapters in edited volumes, conference proceedings, anthologies, and Festschriften, etc. Since 1992, newly published individual monographs are no longer being added to the database, and users seeking monographs are urged to consult other general resources and databases.
The online BAS contains the full data of all printed editions of the BAS issued from 1971 up to the 1991 edition (published 1997), as well as tens of thousands of entries compiled since. For any particular journal, full information on years of coverage is provided through the Journal Title Browse function.
You can search by phrase in specified field, can combine searches, and can specify your desired display, with or without diacritics; a downloadable font is provided. You can limit your searches to specific countries. Subject searching is also provided, but subject ranges are broad and have changed over the years. If you need assistance, contact the Western bibliographer or inquire using this form.
The paper version is
Bibliography of Asian studies (Z3001.B49).
For the years before 1971 see the
Cumulative Bibliography of Asian studies (Z3001.C94)
of which there are two: one for 1941-65, and one for 1965-70. Both have author and subject bibliographies. An electronic version should be available by spring 1998.
A guide to articles published in Japan, irrespective of language and subject, with the titles translated into English, is the two-yearly:
Current contents of Academic journals in Japan (AI19.J3C85)
For some other richly annotated beginners’ guides to special subjects, do not forget to go to a series of similar looking red books called Guide to ... published by G.K. Hall. Published until now are
Japanese prose (Z3308.L5M37)
Japanese poetry (Z3308.L5R54)
Japanese drama (Z3308.L5P76)
Chinese prose (Z3108.L5P34)
Chinese poetry and drama (Z3108.L5B34)
Chinese philosophy (Z7129.C5F8)
Chinese religion (Z7757.C6Y8)
Classical Chinese fiction (Z3108.L5Y29)
Buddhist religion (Z7860.R48).