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Subject-specific eGuides

Asian & Middle Eastern Studies (AMES)

Searching for resources

Your first ports of call for finding relevant resources for your work will probably be by visiting or searching libraries. You will be able to borrow from Girton’s Library and the University Library and you may also find it helpful to visit and use the FAMES (Faculty for Asian and Middle Eastern Studies) Library, and the SAS (South Asia Studies) Library. However, there may be other libraries within Cambridge which stock useful resources. For a full list of the Cambridge libraries see the directory and check each library for access guidelines.

To find relevant materials for your course, you'll probably need to search the two library catalogues below:

Girton Library catalogue (Heritage) –  here you can search Girton Library’s collection and see if items are available or already on loan. See our eGuide for further information.

iDiscover – here you can search across the University’s print and electronic collections, including books, eBooks, journals, newspapers, articles and much more, from other colleges, faculty and department libraries, and the University Library. This includes material from the FAMES Library too. Most, but not all, of Girton’s own collection can be found here. See our Searching iDiscover eGuide for further information.

Subject-specific resources

There are lots of very worthwhile databases for AMES listed in the Database A-Z LibGuide, representing a wide range of regions, most notably China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, and India. These include:

  • dictionaries, encyclopaedia, and reference works
  • collections of scholarly articles, journals, and eBooks
  • a wide range of newspapers and magazines
  • special collections, such as manuscripts and archives
  • bibliographical works 

There is also a specified LibGuide for Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, which includes information, quick links to resources, and details about the FAMES Library and the dedicated Faculty Librarian. 

The SOAS Library at the University of London also has subject guides that are worth a look, with lists of excellent resources and tips. 

Finding relevant material if you don't have a reading list

These databases below cover a very wide range of different resources, from all disciplines, and can be very helpful when you don't have a reading list, or when you're just starting out.  

  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index (including the Web of Science Core Collection) - an online index that covers journal articles published in the physical and life sciences, health sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities.
  • BrowZine – search a large range of online journals in all sorts of subjects provided by Cambridge University.
  • HathiTrust – searchable collaborative collection of academic and research libraries preserving 17+ million digitized items. 
  • JSTOR - provides access to more than 12 million academic journal articles, books, and primary sources in 75 disciplines.
  • WorldCat - lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world.
  • ZETOC - one of the world’s most comprehensive research databases, giving you access to over 39,500 journals and more than 65.5 million article citations and conference papers through the British Library’s electronic table of contents and over 875,000 OA article citations and conference papers from PubMed.

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