Bibliography of Asian Studies

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The Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS) is the major multi-disciplinary index for the study of East, Southeast, and South Asia. It contains citations to Western language works published worldwide on all subjects pertaining to this vast region, especially in the humanities and the social sciences (including but not limited to art, history, language, literature, religion, anthropology, sociology, political science, and economics). 

The online BAS focuses on periodical articles and chapters in edited volumes; articles in over 100 "fast track journals" are given priority in indexing. Currently, the number of citations is approaching 800 thousand.

The online BAS offers users various methods to search, browse (by country-subject or journal title), download, and email citations. The "Find it @ your library" button under each record can be used to retrieve the full-text article, identify the availability of the print copy, or make an ILL request. 


Help is available from the menu bar at the top of every screen.

For help using these indexes see: How do I find an article on my topic?

User tools and features

  • Browse countries & browse journals
  • Bookbag (for downloading and emailing the records in the same browser session)
  • Fast track journal title list (these journals are given priority in indexing)
  • Find it @ your library

Dates covered

1971-present, with earlier material included for selected journals.

Updating frequency

Updated regularly.


Western-language periodical articles, monographs, chapters in edited volumes, conference proceedings, anthologies, and Festschriften, etc. Please note that monographs published since 1992 are no longer being added, but chapters in edited volumes are.

Type of coverage

Bibliographic citations, including subject indexing.

Print counterpart or
related resources

The print version of BAS is available as a standalone title for the period of 1969-1991 and part of the Journal of Asian Studies (and its predecessor the Far Eastern Quarterly) from 1941-1968. Note that entire backfiles of JAS and FEQ, BAS included, are available online through JSTOR In addition, cumulative printed volumes covering 1941-1970 were published by G. K. Hall in two separate sets in 1969 and 1972-73.

Producer/content provider

Association for Asian Studies

Vendor/electronic presentation provider

University of Michigan