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Asian Studies: Subscription Databases and Free Electronic Resources

The Library of Congress provides access to over 1,700 electronic databases through its E-Resources Online Catalog (EROC). This research guide provides guidance for selecting and accessing those resources focused on Asian Studies.


The Library of Congress provides access to a wide variety of databases and electronic resources through its E-Resources Online Catalog (EROC). The purpose of this resource guide is to focus on both free and subscription resources of particular interest to those doing research in the field of Asian Studies. Access to the subscription databases marked with a padlock are available to researchers on-site at the Library of Congress, and in some cases, only in the Asian Reading Room. If you are unable to visit the Library, you may be able to access these resources through your local public or academic library.

This guide is divided into sections that correspond to collections found in the Library's Asian Division:

The Library's Asian Reading Room is the public gateway for accessing more than 4 million items in many Asian languages and dialects. Learn more in this research guide: Asian Collections at the Library of Congress: An Overview. For help using these resources or locating materials in the Asian collections, contact us through Ask a Librarian.

About the Asian Division

The Asian Reading Room provides public access to more than 4 million items in approximately 200 languages and dialects from across Asia, including Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Mongolian, Thai, Tibetan, Urdu, Vietnamese, and many others. In the reading room, researchers can use the Asian Division’s collections of printed materials, microform, and databases and confer with reference librarians to answer research questions about the countries of East, South, and Southeast Asia.