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Asian Studies: Laos


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Secondary Sources

Use these databases to find articles and/or essays in scholarly journals and books.


UofL Databases

Open Access

Lao Statistics Bureau

The official government website for population demographics and census data for Laos.


Encyclopedia Britannica - Laos

Information on the land, people, economy, administration and social conditions, cultural life, and history. 

The World Factbook - Laos 

Basic intelligence on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, environment, communications, transportation, military, terrorism, and transnational issues.

BBC Country Profiles - Laos

An instant guide to the history, politics, and economic background of countries and territories.

Laos : A Country Study

Offers a comprehensive description and analysis of the country or region's historical setting, geography, society, economy, political system, and foreign policy. 

UofL Government Resource Guide - Laos

Our Government Resources guide provides an extensive list of articles related to politics, culture, and society

Primary Sources

These databases and websites provide access to digital archival materials such as manuscripts, letters, photographs, moving image and sound materials, artwork, books, diaries, and other artifacts. You can also visit our main pages for Asia and Southeast Asia to find additional databases and resources covering broader regions.

Open Access

Laotian Elections Web Archive

The Laotian Elections Web Archive covers elections for the country of Laos, and currently includes archived websites on the parliamentary and presidential elections of 2011.

The Digital Library of Lao Manuscripts

Over 12,000 texts from throughout Laos, covering a large geographical area and historical timeframe, different literary traditions and schools of scribes, and different languages and scripts. The majority of the texts are from the Lao, Lan Na and Tai Lue traditions, with smaller numbers in Tai Nuea, and Tai Dam, etc.


Lao Folktales
The Lao
Gathering Leaves and Lifting Words
Spirits of the Place
Before the Quagmire