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Asian Studies: Singapore


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Secondary Sources

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


UofL Databases

Open Access

Department of Statistics Singapore

National statistical authority responsible for official statistics on the Singapore economy and population


Encyclopedia Britannica -Singapore

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

The World Factbook - Singapore 

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

BBC Country Profiles - Singapore

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

Singapore: 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 - Singapore

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

National Archives of Singapore Online

the official custodian of Singapore's collective memory. Ranging from government files, private memoirs, historical maps and photographs to oral history interviews and audio-visual materials, the NAS is responsible for the collection, preservation and management of Singapore's public and private archival records.

Singapore Digitised Books (BooksSG)

BookSG is a collection of books and other printed material digitized from the collections of the National Library of Singapore, complemented by selected works from the British Library's Oriental & India Office Collection. These material present a valuable resource on Singapore’s history and culture.

Voices of civilian internment: WWII Singapore

The Royal Commonwealth Society Collection at Cambridge University Library has digitised the archives of two Second World War civilian internment camps established by the Japanese at Singapore. The archive is composed of two types of material from the men’s camp: official records of the camp administration and the poignant personal memoirs of individuals.


Culture and Customs of Singapore and Malaysia
Post-Colonial Chinese Literatures in Singapore and Malaysia
Singapore, Singapura
The Politics of Multiculturalism
The Singing Top
Lion City
Seven Hundred Years


Singapore in Global History
Reframing Singapore
Responding to Globalization


UofL Databases

Recommended Titles:

International Business Times

The New Paper


Singapore Government News

The Straits Times

The Urban Wire