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Korean Studies: Home

A guide to resources for Korean Studies

Finding Secondary Scholarship & Primary Sources

A List of Useful Databases for Finding Scholarly Articles

Use the databases listed below to search for scholarly articles on your research topic.  Hovering over the "info" icon  will reveal detailed information about each database. For some very helpful tips on how to conduct a successful database search, click Here.

TIP: Use multiple databases when searching for articles related to your research project as each database has different coverage and unique features.

Library Resources about Korea, Committee on Korean Studies (Association for Asian Studies)

Subject Specific Databases

ProQuest Global Newsstream enables users to search the most recent global news content, as well as archives which stretch back into the 1980s featuring content from newspapers, newswires, and news sites in active full-text format. This product provides one of the largest collections of news from the US, Canada, Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Australia. All titles are cross-searchable on the ProQuest platform allowing researchers easy access to multiple perspectives, resources, and languages on the topic they are researching.

North Korean News

NK News (North Korean News) is an independent, privately owned English language specialist site on North Korea. NK News has no affiliation to any political organization or country.


Joins North Korean Net [Joins 풐한너투] (North Korean News in Korean)


Korean News (Mostly South Korea)

The Korea Times

Free access to the current issue of the New York Times is available to BYU students and faculty. You will need to create a free account using your email address. To access news about Korea, type "Korea" In the search box of the NYT hompage.


Kanopy partners with public libraries and universities to stream thoughtful entertainment to your preferred device with no fees and no commercials. Click the logo above and log in with your BYU NetID to enjoy Kanopy's diverse catalog with new titles added every month. You can search for films on Asian topics and in Asian languages.

ProQuest's Alexander Street is the world’s leading provider of academic streaming media to libraries. They have partnered with top video producers around the world to deliver more than 60,000 video titles across all disciplines. They are particularly strong in the fields of anthropology, history, diversity studies, theatre, film, music, dance, news, current affairs, and the social sciences. For video related to Asian Studies, click Here.

FRONTLINE produces works of investigative journalism that both question and explain complicated and controversial aspects of our modern world. Frontline has been one of American television’s top long-form news and current affairs series since 1983. They have won every major journalism and broadcasting award, including 91 Emmy Awards and 22 Peabody Awards. You can watch more than 200 documentaries online, for free, any time.

Extensive collection of streamable documentary video. Maintained by Infobase.


North Korean News

NK News (North Korean News) is an independent, privately owned English language specialist site on North Korea. NK News has no affiliation to any political organization or country.

Primary Sources

Online Korean Language Study Applications

BYU subscribes to two very good programs for learning Korean (and numerous other languages) at your own speed. Click below to explore:



Look for the option below the login boxes to explore the site as a guest.

You can explore the site as a guest or create a free account to save progress.

Type Korean in to the "Pick a Language" box to see what resources are available.



Try it with “instant access” then type Korean in the "I want to learn______." box.

You can also create an account to save your progress.

Asian Studies Librarian

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Tim Davis

Office: 4523 HBLL

I'm currently working from home. Please e-mail me if you need help with Asian-related research questions or if you are having trouble accessing library resources. I'm happy to help!

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Hours: M-Th: 8am-9pm; 
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Asian Collection Map • 4th Floor (Click to Enlarge)

Call Number Guide

Those who Browse the Stacks always discover additional research materials!

All books published in Asian languages are located on the 4th Floor in the Asian Collection.

English materials on Asian topics are located in different parts of the library as noted below.

If you have trouble finding a book, ask the Asian Studies Librarian or inquire at any library help desk.

AC-AE Collections, Encyclopedias (1st Floor, Social Science Reference)

BL 1900 Daoism (2nd Floor, Religion & Family History Library)

BQ Buddhism (2nd Floor, Religion & Family History Library)

BR-BX Christianity (2nd Floor, Religion & Family History Library)

DS Asian History (1st Floor, Social Science Library)     

      DS 400-485 India

      DS 700–799 China

      DS 800–899 Japan

      DS 900–940 Korea

G 1019-2357 Maps

GR 335-340 Fables, Myths, Legends, Folklore (1st Floor, Social Science Library)

GR 342-GT  Customs (1st Floor, Social Science Library)

GV 1100-1400 Martial arts, games

HC 427-470 Economic conditions

HN-HQ  Society

J Politics and Government (1st Floor, Central Stacks)

      JZ 1730-1734 Chinese

      JZ 1745 Japanese

      JZ 1748 Korean

K Law

M Music

N Arts & Crafts (5th Floor, North Stacks)

   NB 1912 Buddhist Sculpture

   ND 1060 Korean Art

PL Asian Languages and Literatures (5th Floor, North Stacks)

   PL 501-845 Japanese

   PL 901-949 Korean

   PL 1001-3300 Chinese

Q Science

R  Medicine

S  Agriculture

T Technology

U Military science

Z Libraries