Asian Studies

Research Help

Literature Review

There are many excellent online guides to doing a literature review.  Samples include:

Annotated Bibliography


Use library's search tool on the home page, to find books, journal articles, media, and more with a single search.
Also try the Advanced Search.

Encyclopedias, Dictionaries & Handbooks

News Sources

For current news 

  • PressReader - easy to use global coverage pdf format.  The backfile varies by title.
  • Continuum Economics (formerly Roubini Global Economics)excellent news monitoring service.  Create an account for global economic news and analysis.

Tips for searching newspaper databases.

Other sources

For historical newspapers:




Key Databases for Journal Articles

Good to know:

  1. Within a database, limit your search to scholarly articles when it is appropriate to disregard other resources.
  2. Never limit to full-text only as we may subscribe to the journal you find from another vendor.  Use the Get it! icon to search for the full text when it is not immediately available.
  3. Use available options to search more than one database at a time.
  4. Look for the option to set up an RSS feed or to Create an Alert.  You are then notified when a new entry is added to the database that meets your search criteria.
  5. Use the Interlibrary Loans RACER form to request items not held at Carleton’s library.  

Use citation databases to find if a particular author and/or paper has been cited by other authors.


Web of Science    
       Select Cited Reference Search from top tool bar.
You have the article
         Capling, A, Ravenhill J.   "Multilateralising regionalism: What role for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement?"   Pacific Review Volume 24, Issue 5, December 2011, Pages 553-575

       Enter the  author in cited author box
               Capling A*  (use surname, first initial and truncation symbol)          
       Retrieve abbreviation of journal name from list provided, and enter year of publication.  PAC REV 2011
From the list, select the matching entries and click on Finish Search at the top of the list.
Results show the article has been cited 27 times - the most recent in  2017.
Note the option Create Alert to be notified of any future citings of this article.

       Choose Author Search from top tool bar.
       Enter author's name and affiliation if known
               Ravenhill J*
       Select displayed result.  All published articles by the author will be listed.  Click on article for citing references.

For example:  Ravenhill, J.  The 'new East Asian regionalism': A political domino effect.  Review of International Political Economy  Volume 17, Issue 2, May 2010, Pages 178-208

This article has been cited 61 times, the most recent in 2017.  

Tips for effective searching -

If you find one relevant article for your research it can lead to other relevant papers by the following:

  1. using the databases, including Summon, look to find all papers & books published by the author or co-authors
  2. Explore the bibliography in the paper for sources
  3. Using Web of Science or Scopus, look for articles that cite the article you found.    Remember, some databases will also list citing articles but those lists are limited to the current database.  The Web of Science and Scopus are more comprehensive, with coverage from multiple databases. 

Journal Ranking   

Journal Citation Reports - Provides evaluation of journals by the impact factor within a given discipline. 

Choose Select Categories and limit by subject areas such as:

  • Business, Finance
  • Economics
  • International Relations
  • Management
  • Political Science
  • Public Administration


Country Information

  • EIU Economist Intelligence Unit  provides current and historical economic data and forecasting.
  • globalEdge excellent free site from Michigan State University.  Explore the contents on the left hand side:
             for example:  Select Culture - Culture Crossing Guide is a database of cross-cultural information about every country in the world.                                                              Select Risk - to find the political and business risk rating plus strengths, weaknesses and current trends. 
                                      from the main page look for: US Commercial Service - Country Commercial Guide, Country profile etc.
  • Doing Business and Enterprise Surveys from the World Bank
  • Human development report

Trade Statistics

Content last updated: March 16, 2020