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Asian and Middle East Studies Resources: Internet Sites

Evaluating Internet Resources

Authority

  • Who created this web site?
  • Do they provide information on their background, experience, and credentials?
  • Is the site maintained by a well-known or reputable organization (e.g. the American Psychological Association, American Cancer Society, etc)?

Objectivity and Reliability

  • Is the coverage objective? If not, is the bias clearly stated?
  • Is the site sponsored by a commercial organization? Is it trying to sell you something?

Scope

  • Who is the intended audience? Is this site for scholarly purposes or just for fun?
  • Are both sides of an issue or topic provided?
  • What geographical area is covered?
  • What time period is covered?
  • Is this the original document or has it been edited or abridged in some way?

Currency

  • Does the web site give a date when it was last updated?
  • If so, has it been updated recently?
  • Is some of the information clearly out of date?
  • Are there many links that are broken and no longer connect to the resources listed? Broken links can be an indicator that a web site is not being updated regularly.

Websites

Digital South Asia Library This resource is a collaborative effort funded by the Mellon Foundation. The site provides access to articles in Urdu, Tamil, and English language journals. There are maps, images, and full-text access to 19th century reference texts and Official publications of India titles.

Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library
A global collaborative project which provides access in bibliographic and in hypertext terms to networked scholarly documents, resources and information systems concerned with or relevant to Asian Studies.

Association for Asian Studies Resource List

H-Asia, Asian History and Studies
A scholarly communication network for Asian Studies research which includes listservs and book reviews.

National Bureau of Asian Research
NBR conducts advanced independent research on strategic, political, economic, globalization, health, and energy issues affecting U.S. relations with Asia.

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