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Korean Electronic Resources

Since 2008, the Asian Division has been acquiring Korean e-resources. The databases listed below are continuing subscriptions and can only be accessed from the Asian Reading Room.Disclaimer


A multimedia e-book service provider with titles from more than 100 Korean publishers and copyright holders, including academic works and history critiques. Book contents are fully searchable. For open access titles click on the "Read" button. [Interface: Korean & English; search in Korean]. Please turn off Pop-up blockers to read the books.
Coverage: Various Dates

Chosun Daily Newspaper Archive

Contains the full-text in Korean (with images) of articles from the Chosun Ilbo, the most widely read newspapers published in South Korea. [Search in Korean only]
Coverage: 1920 to present.

Collection of Korean Anthologies

Compiled large amount of precious anthologies written by Korean scholars from 7th century to 1945. The database makes it easier for users to browse the original contents with the table of contents which contains information on title, period, different edition, and index of the whole Korean literature collection. It is a powerful tool to Korean researchers since each title deals with various historical events, literature, arts, and diplomacy, which provides an important foundation for the development of Korean Studies. [Korean in Chinese scripts]
Coverage: 7th century to 1945.


DBpia is a full text database of scholarly journals published by major Korean academic societies and research institutes. It includes over 1.8 million articles from 1918 to present. It provides digital full text of Korean reputational journals and conference proceedings together with their bibliographic data. Convenient management of bibliographic information using RefWorks, Endnote and Scholar's Aid.
Coverage: various dates

e-Korean Studies

e-Korean Studies is an integrated and comprehensive service whose objective is to make electronic resources in the field of Korean studies accessible worldwide. It offers various contents and sources in all academic disciplines of Korean Studies. Offerings cover the arts and humanities, social sciences, sciences, medical sciences, physical education, and various sources of content, including monographs, periodicals and newspapers, dissertations and research reports, law, classical literature and video lectures. The following individual databases are available within e-Korean Studies:

  • eArticle: A database of e-article is the information system that researchers can easily search and download academic materials of academic societies based on diverse search methods. [search in Korean, Chinese scripts, & English]
  • History Culture Series: A multi-media content database dedicated to Korean history and culture. Developed for general users to professionals, and museum curators. It allows the users to store the contents easily and quickly or use in the classroom to understand Korean history and culture outside of Korea. Abundant photos and images and function to save the photos and images. [search in Korean, Chinese scripts, & English]
  • Korea A2Z: A knowledge content resource for Korean studies, including full-text online databases collecting primary sources and classics organized by subjects or format. Works such as Samguk sagi (Chronicles of the Three Kingdoms) and the Digital Encyclopedia of National Culture (EncyKorea) are included in KoreaA2Z. Includes Translation, comments, original text and scanned files. [Korean only]
  • Korean History & Culture Research Database: A full-text collection of excavation reports of historical sites in Korea operated by national and university museums and private research institutions since 1910. It contains research reports, catalogs, and maps related to Korean geography, history, folklore, and architecture. Easy search categorized into periods, areas, characteristics, and keywords. Also rare books published during Japanese Colonial Period by Japanese Government General are included. [search in Korean, Chinese scripts]
  • KSDC DB (Korea Social Science Data Center): A database based on more than 40 statistical yearbooks published by the government and related organizations (economy, education, labor, industry, information and communication, law, society, politics, population census, environment, and others.) and overseas institutions. The users can easily access this advanced variable-oriented DB, and analyze them statistically on the Website. [Interface: Korean and English; search in Korean & English]
  • KSI e-books A full-text database of almost 9,000 e-books on philosophy, religion, social science, natural science, engineering, arts, linguistics, literature, and history. [search in Korean and Japanese]
    Coverage: various dates
  • LAWnB’s Legal Information Service: A portal service for all law-related issues, indexing 50 categories such as statues, precedents, commentaries, administrative documents and statistics, academic articles, law journals, law related news and so on. [search in Korean only]
  • Scholar: A full-text academic journal service established by Kyobo Book Centre which is the top bookstore in Korea and Hakjisa which is well-known publisher in the field of psychology and education. Scholar is covering all academic fields and supplying 3rd largest volume, 400,000 articles. [Interface: Korean and English; Search in Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese & Global IME]

KPM: North Korea's Newspaper & Journals Database

Full text of journals and newspapers published North Korea, including the English edition of the Pyongyang Times. Searchable by keywords, and browsable by subject areas or journal/newspaper titles.  [Search in Korean & Japanese]
Coverage: various dates


KRpia is a full text database for Korean Studies covering history, literature, dictionaries and traditional medicines. Includes image files of original texts in classical Chinese with searchable translated texts in Korean. [Search in Korean & Chinese]
Coverage: various dates

National Assembly Library (Korea) Databases

The full-text databases contain over five million items, including monographs, government publications, and dissertations covering all subject fields. [Search in Korean & Japanese]
Coverage: various dates

Naver News Library

This renowned search engine and portal service in Korea is offering high-quality news archive services for four major Korean newspapers (Tonga ilbo, Kyonghyang sinmun, Maeil kyongje, and Hangyore). The integrating database enables users to explore the history of Korea in a wide range of categories according to subjects (e.g. politics, economy) and document types (e.g., news articles, advertisement). [Search in Korean only]
Coverage: 1920 - 1999

NK Pro

This site aims to be a one-stop-shop on North Korea, bringing together news, opinion & analysis, research tools, data, and subject specialists in one convenient place. Built by North Korea specialists for professionals working on or with the subject, NK Pro brings together North Korea related news and analysis in the world and provides them in real-time from over 100 hand-selected sources daily. Users also have access to a range of regularly updated directories of organizations, companies, experts and practitioners working in this specialist field.


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