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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies


Tips on searching various catalogues in English or vernacular scripts

Last updated May 2018


You can find all the available online databases Cambridge University subscribes to on our library website under 'Selected online resources' for each subject with detaileddescriptions of most databases.

Alternatively, go to the University Library website and click 'eResources and ejournals', select 'Asian and Middle Eastern Studies', where you can find a list of online resources in our subject areas. 


SEARCHING FOR A KNOWN/UNKNOWN ITEMS (books, chapters, articles)

You can often find journal articles online. Try searching in various databases listed below.

a.) Find the online journals by title/ISSN in iDiscover. If the relevant year is covered by our online subscription, click on the link to the journal and navigate to the article. Where the relevant year is not covered by an ejournal (not available online), check whether the University is subscribing to the print version.

b.) For online journal articles in English language : search in Google or in the highly recommended 

Google Scholar :picks up keywords from the articles as well as from the title.

iDiscover: select 'Articles and online resources' in the search window. You can search for articles across all subscription-based online databases/journals by keywords from the article title only.

JSTOR : picks up keywords not only from the article title but also from the article(s).

WorldCat:picks up key words from the article title only. You can also search some journal article databases here in vernacular scripts.

Bibliography of Asian Studies: searchable by title, title keywords, authors etc., referencing principally western-language articles and book chapters from all parts of Asia published since 1971. It is available via the University's subscription.

c.) For journal articles in vernacular script: search relevant databases the University subscribes to. (Click the relevant Selected Online Resources on our website for lists of databases). For freely available articles try Google.

CiNii : Articles in Japanese. For more information click HERE

Chinese Academic Journals : for more information  click HERE.


d.) For books and book chapters in any language : try searching by chapter title in


WorldCat. New publications are often catalogued adding chapter titles to the bibliographic record which are searchable on these platforms.

Index Islamicus : international classified bibliography of publications in European languages on all aspects of Islam and the Muslim world (monographs, articles and reviews). It is available via library subscription.


Have you had a research article accepted for publication? Upload your accepted manuscripts to the Open Access website called 'Apollo' to meet REF and funder Open Access requirements. Publications will normally be added to 'Apollo' and be made public as permitted, depending on the length of the embargo period imposed by the publisher. (Only for articles or conference proceedings with an ISSN should be deposited). Searchable in LibrarySearch!

There is an increased emphasis on managing and sharing data produced in research. Many of the research funders supporting work at the University of Cambridge require that research data are openly available with as few restrictions as possible. This website will guide researchers through various aspects of research data planning and management and will provide assistance in meeting funders’ expectations.