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Asian Studies: Korea (North & South)

Korea (North & South)

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Secondary Sources

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


UofL Databases

Open Access

Open Government Data Portal - 데이터 포털 열기

Open Government Data portal is the central (one-stop-shop) portal that provides data created or acquired and managed by all public sector organizations in Korea.

Statistics Korea

As a central government organization for statistics, the Statistics Korea aims at prompting services of overall planning and coordination of national statistics, establishment of statistical standards, production & distribution of various economic and social statistics, processing & management of statistical information and provision of various statistical data.


Encyclopedia of Korean Culture - 한국민족문화대백과사전

A Korean language encyclopedia published by the Academy of Korean Studies and DongBang Media Co.

Encyclopedia Britannica - Historic Korea 

Encyclopedia Britannica - North Korea 

Encyclopedia Britannica - South Korea 

Full-text journal and magazine articles, primary sources, multimedia, and other unique resources and tools that make research easier and more productive.

The World Factbook - Korea (North) 

The World Factbook - Korea (South) 

The World Factbook provides basic intelligence on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, environment, communications, transportation, military, terrorism, and transnational issues for 266 world entities.

BBC Country Profiles - North Korea

BBC Country Profiles - South Korea

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

North Korea : A Country Study

South Korea : 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 Resources Guide - North Korea

UofL Government Resources Guide - South Korea

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 East Asia to find additional databases and resources covering broader regions.

UofL Databases

Open Access

Korean Classics Database - 한국고전종합DB  

A database of classical documents and eBooks such as the translation of the classics, the Annals of the Joseon Dynasty, the Diary of Seungjeongwon, Ilseongnok, and the Korean Literature Collection.

The Republic of Korea Newspaper Archive - 대한민국 신문 아카이브는 한

Newspapers from 1883 to 1960, which have important historical values ​​for the study of politics, economy, society, and culture of modern and contemporary Korean history.

National Archives of Korea 국가기록원

A variety of archival culture services such as access to records, content development, and exhibitions so that the public can use them more easily and conveniently. 

Naver News Library - 뉴스 라이브러리 - 네이버

Digital archive of 4 major newspapers in South Korea: Kyŏnghyang sinmun 京鄉新聞, Tonga ilbo 東亞日報, and Maeil kyŏngje sinmun 每日經濟新聞

Korean Rare Book Digital Collection

The digital collection draws from the 654 titles in the Korean Rare Book Collection housed in the Asian Division of the Library of Congress. The initial online presentation includes 11 digitized rare titles.

North Korean Serials

This digital collection presented here makes some of the most sought-after materials in the Library’s North Korean collection available for free. 


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North and South Korea cover
North Korea cover
North Korea's Hidden Revolution cover
The Korean Buddhist Empire cover
Encyclopedia of Korean seasonal customs cover
Korea Reborn (Hyundai Ed. ) cover
Korea: the Impossible Country cover
Korea: Where the American Century Began cover


Language and Truth in North Korea cover
Queer Korea cover
Sunshine in Korea  cover
Assimilating Seoul cover
Turning Toward Edification cover
The Power of the Brush cover
Imperial Genus cover
Parameters of Disavowal cover