Modern East Asia

Modern East Asia

United Nations

The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945. It is currently made up of 193 Member States. The mission and work of the United Nations are guided by the purposes and principles contained in its founding Charter.

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University of Minnesota Human Rights Library

Houses one of the largest collections of more than sixty thousand core human rights documents, including several hundred human rights treaties and other primary international human rights instruments. 

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When searching the library catalog for books, you can start with a general keyword search. Then, look at the records retrieved with your keyword search and examine the Subject Heading section of the records. These will help you find more useful books!

Some useful headings for your topic may include:

China – Foreign relations – [insert country here, e.g. United States, Japan]
China – Foreign relations -- History
China -- Military policy
Cold War -- Diplomatic history
Japan -- Foreign relations -- [insert country here, e.g. United States, China]
Japan -- Foreign relations -- History
Japan -- History -- 1945-
Japan -- Military policy
Korean War, 1961-1957
United States – Foreign relations – [insert country here, e.g. China, Japan, Korea]
Vietnam War, 1961-1975

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Historical Abstracts

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Public Affairs Information Services (PAIS)

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East & South Asia Database

Provides ongoing full-text academic journals that are locally published by scholarly publishing organizations and educational institutions in many East Asian and South Asian countries. Major subject areas of study are represented, including business, science, technology, engineering, social sciences, education, and humanities.

Part of ProQuest Central.

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Credo Reference - East Asia

is a collection of reference articles related to East Asia.

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Federal website providing data sets generated by the Executive Branch.

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ICPSR (Inter University Consortium for Political and Social Research)

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Primary Sources

New York Times (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)

Resource provides searchable archive for the New York Times dating back to 1851. Contains digital reproductions of every page from every issue in downloadable PDF files.

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covers 1851- (last 3 years not available). Use to find newspaper articles with American perspectives on China.
Times (London) Digital Archive

The Times Digital Archive, 1785–2006 makes 221 years of this highly regarded resource available for students and researchers of 19th-, 20th-, and early 21st-century history, literature, culture, business, art, art history, architecture, and more. Every complete page of every issue is full-text searchable — every headline, article, editorial, announcement, image and advertisement.

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covers 1785-2006. Fully searchable, including headlines, articles, editorials, announcements, images and advertisements. Use to find newspaper articles with British perspectives on China.
Readers' Guide Retrospective 1890-1982

Readers' Guide Retrospective is a database containing comprehensive indexing of the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States and reflects the history of 20th century America.This resource offers a wide range of researchers access to information about history, culture, science and seminal developments across nearly a century.

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indexes popular magazines, 1890-1982.
Cold War International History Project

Collection of governmental documents from multiple countries during the Cold War era.

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contains several collections related to Asia, including many translated and published Cold War documents.
Rutgers Oral History Archives

Nearly 500 oral history interviews from Rutgers Alumni and New Jersey residents who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

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Includes nearly 500 oral history interviews from Rutgers Alumni and New Jersey residents who served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
Vietnam Center and Archive (Texas Tech University)

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Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective

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Frontline Diplomacy

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makes available interview transcripts from the oral history archives of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (ADST). These transcripts present a window into the lives of U.S. diplomats and the major diplomatic crisis and issues that the United States faced during the second half of the 20th century and the early part of the 21st.

Government Resources

Official website for U.S. federal legislative information. Provides access to accurate, timely, and complete legislative information for Members of Congress, legislative agencies, and the public. Usually updated the morning after session adjourns.

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Contains more than 1,200 law and law-related periodicals. Coverage is from the first issue published for all periodicals and goes through the most-currently published issues allowed based on contracts with publishers. Retrieve articles by citation, browse, or search across nearly 50 million pages of content. HeinOnline also contains many useful resources for criminology, and public and international affairs, such as the Congressional Record Bound volumes in entirety, complete coverage of the U.S.

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Contains law journals, Treaties & Agreements, Congressional documents, and other legal information. Use Full Text Advanced Search to see more options, including a custom date range search.
U.S. State Department - U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets

From the State Department's Bureau of Public Affairs.

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Covers 1861-1960.
Foreign Relations of the United States

Resource provides access to U.S. foreign relation documents from 1861 to 1996.

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Covers 1945-1980.
Public Papers of the Presidents

Online versions of the papers of Presidents from Ronald Reagan to the present. Print copies of presidential papers back to the Teddy Roosevelt administration are in the library's General Collection J82.

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CIA Library

Contains declassified documents, current publications, basic references, reports, and maps. Sections of interest include Historical Collection Publications and the Freedom of Information Act Electronic Reading Room.

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Digital National Security Archive - (DNSA)

This resource consists of expertly curated, and meticulously indexed, declassified government documents covering U.S. policy toward critical world events – including their military, intelligence, diplomatic and human rights dimensions – from 1945 to the present.

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The Digital National Security Archive contains the most comprehensive set of declassified government documents available. Coverage Dates: 1945 - 2002; updated annually
Searching Beyond Randall Library

is a guide to searching beyond Randall Library for hard-to-find items.

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Writing Services

The Writing Center in the University Learning Center is located on the first floor of DePaolo Hall (DE 1003).

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