Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS)

April 13, 2011 at 12:14 pm Leave a comment


BAS, the Bibliography of Asian Studies, is a large database with thousands of articles on various subjects on East Asia, Southeast Asia and South Asia. It is a great starting point for collecting materials when doing research or writing a paper.

The great thing is you can read the article fulltext immediately from your screen –  provided Leiden University has access. Find out if we do by clicking ‘find it @ your library’ which appears just below the article description – it will take you to the Leiden SFX screen where you can click the links.

Search BAS by typing in search words in the simple home search screen, but if you want to view a selection of articles, it is more conventient to browse BAS by subject and then choose for which country:

When showing the search results of a subject search in BAS, it is not clear how the ranking is done, it is probably by relevancy. It doesn’t rank by date and there is no button for you to display it any other way. There are a lot of ‘older’ articles shown, but BAS is up to date, I did find articles from 2010. Please note the advanced search screen is rather good to use, here you can for example restrict by year, plus many more options. Worth checking out here: advanced search screen.
There are some Help pages available on how to perform better searches, but those were last updated in 2001.

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