UC Press E-Books Collection, 1982-2004

UC Press E-Books Collection, 1982-2004.

Formerly known as eScholarship Editions, this resource “includes almost 2,000 books from academic presses on a range of topics, including art, science, history, music, religion, and fiction” (UC Press). Over 500 titles in the collection are open to the public while the other titles are limited to users at the University of California. Dozens of books in Asian studies are in the category of “public access books”.

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Nihon Gaiko Bunsho (1867-1926) 日本外交文書デジタルアーカイブ

Nihon Gaiko Bunsho (1867-1926) 日本外交文書デジタルアーカイブ.

Provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, this resource includes the digitized version of Nihon Gaiko Bunsho (documents on Japanese foreign policy), covering the Meiji and Taisho eras (1867-1926). Users can browse the volumes by downloading the required DjVu viewer, but will not be able to conduct full-text search. Toshio Takagi of Australian National University first reported this to the Eastlib listserv.

The print version of Nihon Gaiko Bunsho may be available in a library near you.

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HaithiTrust Digital Library

HathiTrust Digital Library

University of Michigan Library recently announced that fulltext search is now available across the entire HathiTrust Digital Library of more than 4.6 million volumes, including materials in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean (CJK). Jidong Yang, Head of Asia Library at the University of Michigan tested the fulltext search capability and found that the OCR accuracy for CJK materials is low. Also according to Jidong, “searching by Latin and even Cyrillic scripts seems to work pretty well. So it’s definitely a useful tool for searching western studies on East Asia. Compared with Google Book, Hathi has a more library-OPAC-like catalog (which is closely related to the new Mirlyn, Michigan’s VuFind-based OPAC) and thus provides a good alternative for those who often get lost in Google’s search interface.” (Jidong Yang, eastlib message, November 20, 2009)

For more info about Hathi see Large Scale Search Blog & Twitter.

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Webcat Plus

Webcat Plus.

Developed by the National Institute of Informatics, Webcat Plus “helps you find out-of-print books that are in the collections of university libraries and other institutions”, covering a total of over 12 million records. For books published after 1986, table of contents, related advertisement, or book cover may be provided.

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NLC Collection of Republican Period Publications 中国国家图书馆特色资源(民国专栏)

NLC Collection of Republican Period Publications 中国国家图书馆特色资源(民国专栏).

Developed by the National Library of China, this online collection of Republican period (1913-1949) publications includes full images of over 8000 books, full images of over 8000 legal documents, and the full text of over 4000 periodicals.

Adobe Reader 7.0 and above (Chinese version) is recommended for reading full text.

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Internet Archive

Internet Archive.

The Internet Archive’s “purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format… Now the Internet Archive includes texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages in our collections, and is working to provide specialized services relating to training, education, or adaptive reading or information access needs of blind or other persons with disabilities.” It includes many items related to East Asian studies, such as the Siku Quanshu collection.

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J-TEXTS 日本文学電子図書館

J-TEXTS 日本文学電子図書館.

Reportedly belonging to Mr. Keiichi Arayama & Prof. Shinichi Kikuchi (currently of Keio University), J-TEXTS provides fulltext of Japanese literary works in downloadable files.

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