New E-Resource – East India Company

We are very pleased to announce that the East India Company is now available to Cambridge University members.

Painting of the East India House, Leadenhall Street, London, 1796. Copyright © 2000, The British Library Board

From the publisher website –

East India Company offers access to a unique collection of India Office Records from the British Library, London. Containing royal charters, correspondence, trading diaries, minutes of council meetings and reports of expeditions, among other document types, this resource charts the history of British trade and rule in the Indian subcontinent and beyond from 1599 to 1947.

From sixteenth century origins as a trading venture to the East Indies, through to its rise as the world’s most powerful company and de facto ruler of India, to its demise amid allegations of greed and corruption, the East India Company was an extraordinary force in global history for three centuries.

This digital resource allows students and researchers to access a vast and remarkable collection of primary source documents from the India Office Records held by the British Library, the single most important archive for the study of the East India Company.

This collection is also available to access via the Databases A-Z.

HRAF launches new version of eHRAF World Cultures

The new eHRAF World Cultures application offers a fresh look and feel that combines the best aspects of the classic eHRAF interface with a host of added features and enhancements. For example, search filters have been expanded with new options, and users can customize how they would like their search results to be displayed on the page.

The Search Insights panel offers additional options for visualizing and drilling down through results sets. An exciting new development for researchers is the eHRAF Notebook, which allows paragraph search results to be saved, organized, annotated, and shared. In addition to the sleek new appearance, users will benefit from many performance upgrades enabling faster searching and more relevant paragraph results.

See the Quick Start Guide for tips on where to begin.

eHRAF World Cultures new interface

eHRAF World Cultures is also available to access via the Databases A-Z.

CHINOPERL: Journal of Chinese Oral and Performing Literature

New ejournal available :

CHINOPERL: Journal of Chinese Oral and Performing Literature

Cambridge University members now have online access to CHINOPERL: Journal of Chinese Oral and Performing Literature (1969 to present) on the Project Muse platform.

From the Project Muse website:

“The focus of CHINOPERL is on literature connected to oral performance, broadly defined as any form of verse or prose that has elements of oral transmission, and, whether currently or in the past, performed either formally on stage or informally as a means of everyday communication. Such “literature” includes widely-accepted genres such as the novel, short story, drama, and poetry, but may also include proverbs, folksongs, and other traditional forms of linguistic expression.

“Formerly CHINOPERL Papers, number 6 (1976) through number 31 (2012); CHINOPERL News, number 1 (1969) through number 5 (1975).”

Also available to access via iDiscover.

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E-Resource Update : Bungei Shunju Archives (1933-1950)

We are very pleased to announce that our access to the Bungei Shunju Archives has been extended to cover the years 1933-1950.

​​From the publisher website:

Bungeishunju is a general monthly magazine founded by the author Kikuchi Kan in January 1923 (Taisho 12). As Kikuchi wrote in his Founding Message, “I’m tired of being asked to say things. I want to say what I am thinking with a sense of freedom, without having to be concerned about readers and editors,” he founded the magazine with the wish to conduct free writing activities that would not be hemmed in by the framework of literary circles. Bungeishunju became a forum for the publication of essays and creative writing by a great number of authors including, of course, Akutagawa Ryunosuke, but also Kume Masao, Kawabata Yasunari, Satomi Ton, Kobayashi Hideo and Naoki Sanjugo.

The publication of articles on current affairs also began in the early Showa period, and what especially caught the attention of the reading public were the round-table discussions. Bungeishunju was able to invite to these the most prominent personalities of the time to speak on a variety of topics.

Also available to access via iDiscover and the Databases A-Z.

This archive is part of JapanKnowledge which has a limit of 4 concurrent users, so please log out when you have finished using the resource.

Bibliography of East Asian Periodicals (Colonial Korea)

The Bibliography of East Asian Periodicals (Colonial Korea 1900-1945) is a comprehensive bibliography created by Jee-Young Park, Korean Studies Librarian at the University of Chicago Library.

This bibliography contains 913 periodicals from the colonial period (1910-1945), pre-colonial period (1896-1910), and post-colonial period from liberation in 1945 to the establishment of the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in 1948. It covers subjects in every field including politics, economy, industry, society, literature, education, religion, women, children, medicine, science and friendship societies.

Korean magazine cover from 1930

In Korea and its neighboring nations, the period from 1900-1945, known as the modern era, was marked by political transformations and chaos.These changes did not remain limited to the realm of politics, but extended into a multitude of efforts to transform culture and society as well. As evidence of these efforts, one of the defining characteristics of the colonial era was the proliferation of modern print media across a number of fields. In particular, periodical publications serve as important primary source materials through which to better grasp the complexities of this era of transformation.

Materials from the modern era pose a number of difficulties. The most significant reasons are that older materials are scattered sporadically throughout multiple regions and locations, which makes identifying them more challenging; additionally, many sources are written in mixed Chinese-Korean script, which means that even scholars with knowledge of Korean and Classical Chinese must invest significant time to read and understand the texts. Motivated by such challenges, the Bibliography project began with the goal of facilitating the research activities of Korean and East Asian studies scholars in English-speaking regions. It was expected that the bibliography would enable these scholars to more effectively use a vast archive of Korean-, Japanese-, and Chinese-language primary sources, and more easily identify holding institutions of those periodicals and magazines. 

Bibliography of East Asian Periodicals (Colonial Korea) is also available to access via the Databases A-Z.

JSTOR collections available until 30th June 2023 (Lives of Literature, Security Studies, Sustainability, Arts & Sciences XV)

Our access to the JSTOR collections that have been made available during the Covid-19 pandemic will continue until 30th June 2023.

All of our JSTOR databases are listed in the A-Z Databases.

Please send your feedback about these collections via the online form.

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Arts & Sciences Collection XV

Collection XV has been added to our library in addition to collections I to XIV that are already available to us. A title list for this collection is available here. Now, when you search the JSTOR platform, you will have full text access to all of the collections.

Lives of Literature

JSTOR Lives of Literature is a collection of academic journals devoted to the deep study of writers and texts associated with core literary movements. Key topics include: Medieval Authors & Texts; Modernist Authors; Victorian, Edwardian & Gothic Authors; and Literary Theorists.

A complete title list is available to view here.

Security Studies

Explore a wide range of journals, ebooks, and research reports in the field of security studies. This content looks at security studies through a broad lens, encompassing research on international security and peace and conflict studies from all corners of the globe.


Discover a wide range of journals, ebooks, and research reports in the field of sustainability. The subjects of resilience and sustainability are explored broadly, covering research on environmental stresses and their impact on society.

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New E-Resource – Taiwan Electronic Periodicals Service (TEPS)

We are delighted to provide online access to Taiwan Electronic Periodicals Service (TEPS) on the Airiti platform.

Taiwan Electronic Periodical Services (TEPS) is an on-line database which offers several hundred Taiwanese periodical in various disciplines, including the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, applied sciences, medicine and life sciences. Most of the journals included are covered for 2000 onwards. Additional titles are added regularly.

TEPS is also available to access via the Databases A-Z; individual titles are available via iDiscover.

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