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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies


The Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Library only collects publications in English and in European languages to support teaching. Primary and secondary research materials in vernacular sripts (Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew, Hindi, Persian, Sanscrit etc.) are collected by the appropriate departments at the University Library (UL) which can be found on West Road in Cambridge.

Tips on searching for research material available at Cambidge


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

Alternatively, click HERE, then select relevant online resource (Newspapers, e-journals or databases). To see available databases in your subject area within Databases A-Z,  select 'Asian and Middle Eastern Studies' from the 'All subjects' drop-down box.


We recommend Lean Library over other OA browser plugins. Lean Library delivers to your desktop the article or chapter you want seamlessly if Cambridge University Libraries provide subscription access, regardless where you are accessing from (on or off campus). Lean Library finds and delivers an OA version of the article or chapter if there is no subscription access.

In the last resort (no subscription and no OA version) Lean Library triggers an Inter Library Loan form so you can place an order and have the article emailed to you.


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

a.) Finding 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.) Finding 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). NB In order to be able to read articles found via JSTOR you must go via iDiscover and follow the link to the subscription. Not all articles found in JSTOR are available to Cambridge University.

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.) Finding 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.

China Academic Journals Database: for more information click HERE.


d.) Searching for books and book chapters in any language : 

New edited publications are often catalogued with chapter titles added to their bibliographic record which are searchable on the platforms below. Chapters in older edited volumes are more challenging to find.



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 articles or conference proceedings with an ISSN should be deposited, NOT books). Searchable in iDiscover!

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.