There is no single database that will cover the literature of Asian American Studies, but Asian American Studies literature is indexed in a variety of databases. This lists two important journals in Asian American Studies. The discourse in these journals may provide important key words for those searching the more general databases listed below.

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Amerasia Journal has been the forum both nationally and internationally for academic, community, and student views of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States and elsewhere since 1971. The articles in this journal may provide important keywords for those searching Asian American Studies topics in more general databases.

Journal of Asian American Studies (JAAS) explores all aspects of Asian American experiences through original articles detailing new theoretical developments, research results, methodological innovations, public policy concerns, and pedagogical issues. This the articles in this journal may provide helpful vocabulary for those searching Asian American topics in more general databases.

Prime resource for accessing the latest research in sociology and related disciplines in the social, behavioral, and cultural studies. The database draws information from an international selection of over 2,600 journals and other serials publications, plus conference papers, books, and dissertations. Records added after 1974 contain in-depth and nonevaluative abstracts of journal articles.

Coverage: 1963-present
Tags: Sociology

Bibliographic database containing citations to articles on American and Canadian history, including ethnic history and relations, from prehistory to the present. Covers more than 2000 journals published worldwide.

Coverage: 1964-present
Tags: Canada, History, United States Of America

The Modern Language Association International Bibliography (MLAIB) covers international scholarly materials on all languages, literatures, linguistics, and folklore from around the world. It includes citations to items from journals, series, books, essay collections, working papers, proceedings, dissertations, and bibliographies. MLAIB does not index book reviews.

Coverage: 1926-present
Tags: Language, Literature

An interdisciplinary database combined from Women Studies Abstracts (1984-present), Women’s Studies Database (1972-present), New Books on Women and Feminism (1987-present), Women of Color and Southern Women (1975-present), and several major bibliographies.

Coverage: 1972 (and earlier)-present
Tags: Women, Women's Studies

The online version of the Bibliography of Asian Studies contains more than 800,000 records on all subjects (especially humanities and social sciences) pertaining to East, Southeast, and South Asia published worldwide beginning in 1971 to present.

Coverage: 1971-present, depending upon the subfile.
Tags: Asia, Literature, Multidisciplinary

“Calisphere is the University of California’s free public gateway to a world of primary sources. More than 150,000 digitized items — including photographs, documents, newspaper pages, political cartoons, works of art, diaries, transcribed oral histories, advertising, and other unique cultural artifacts — reveal the diverse history and culture of California and its role in national and world history. Calisphere’s content has been selected from the libraries and museums of the UC campuses, and from a variety of cultural heritage organizations.”

The OAC brings together historical materials from a variety of California institutions, including museums, historical societies, and archives. It includes searchable finding aids for collections held in these institutions as well as a large selection of scanned images and documents from these collections.

A full-text collection of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press in the United States.

Coverage: 1960-present
Tags: Cultural Studies, News, United States Of America

Search the following Chadwyck-Healey databases: Palmer’s Index to The Times, 1790-1905 (with full text from 1800-1870) the Official Index to the Times, 1906-1980, and the Historical Index to The New York Times, 1851-1922.

Tags: History, News

Access World News from NewsBank provides full-text information and perspectives from over 600 U.S. and over 700 international sources, each with its own distinctive focus offering diverse viewpoints on local, regional and world issues. Access World News also includes a selection of Spanish language newspapers from the United States and other countries. Date coverage varies with individual newspaper.

Tags: News

A full text collection of 13 California Newspapers covering the period between 1850 and 1900. It can be searched separately or in conjunction with the Early American Newspapers Collection (Series 1).

Coverage: 1850-1900
Tags: California, News

More than 250 plays, some previously unpublished, along with related biographical, production, and theatrical information.

Coverage: late 19th century-present
Tags: Asian Americans, Drama

The Library of Congress’ digital collections provides open access to full text historical documents and materials . Includes written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience.

Current full-text of the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, New York Times (including the New York Times Magazine and the New York Times Book Review), Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. For historical backfiles, see ProQuest Historical Newspapers. Direct Links to the individual papers:
http://uclibs.org/PID/301866                        Chicago Tribune (1985- )
http://uclibs.org/PID/301869                        Los Angeles Times (1985- )
http://uclibs.org/PID/301870                        New York Times (1980- )
http://uclibs.org/PID/301871                        Wall Street Journal (1984- )
http://uclibs.org/PID/301872                        Washington Post (1987- )

“The Chinese in California, 1850-1925 illustrates nineteenth and early twentieth century Chinese immigration to California through about 8,000 images and pages of primary source materials. Included are photographs, original art, cartoons and other illustrations; letters, excerpts from diaries, business records, and legal documents; as well as pamphlets, broadsides, speeches, sheet music, and other printed matter.”  Some of this material is available online.

The Japanese American Relocation Digital Archive (JARDA) serves as a gateway to the archival and manuscript holdings of numerous California archives, libraries, oral history programs, and museums featuring online finding aids, digital images, electronic texts and oral histories. There are 10,000 digital images complemented by 20,000 pages of electronic transcriptions documenting the experience of Japanese Americans in World War II internment camps.

Coverage: 1941-1945

The South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA) documents, preserves, and shares stories from South Asian American history and experience.

The Welga Project Digital Archive and Repository focuses on preserving and presenting primary sources regarding the Filipino American  activism, labor, and immigration history. The majority of the collection focuses on Filipino involvement in the Delano Grape Strikes and United Farm Worker history.

Note: The Welga Project will be incorporated into the future Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies in the Asian American Studies Department at UC Davis.

This archive offers a window into the story of South Asian immigrants from the Punjab region in north India to California since the turn of the twentieth century.  Explore over 700 video interviews, speeches, diaries, photographs, articles, and letters in which Punjabi Americans share their life stories, values, and contributions to California’s history over the last hundred and twenty years.