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History Research Guide: East Asia

East Asian History Research Links

[Interior view showing two men being served tea by a young boy in a commercial establishment, possibly druing a business transaction]

[Busy street scene in Beijing] [between 1860 and 1900] from Library of Congress [LC-USZ62-85906].

Here are links to sources for researching Asian history topics.

To find articles and books on this topic, also use pages on

Country Background Information

Use these links to find background information about a country, including historical information. Or start research using both of the interactive maps below.

CIA World FactbookCIAO Atlas

World Digital Library

The World Digital Library (WDL) makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world.

Books to get started


Use the search box to find books on your topic in the library. 




  • You can also search WorldCat and request books from other libraries.

Here are some encyclopedias or other general books on the history of Asia available online or at the library.