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Asia & Pacific Government Information

Collections | Library Catalogs | Online Databases | Regional Organizations | Non-Governmental Organizations | National Governments | Research Guides

Collections Overview

The University of California Berkeley houses extensive collections of government publications from the countries of East Asia, South and SouthEast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. The majority of these publications are housed in the East Asian and Center for Chinese Studies libraries. Some general exceptions to this are statistical yearbooks, which are housed in GREF, and census volumes which are located in the Main library. The University is also a depository library for the Asian Development Bank and takes part in an extensive approval plan with Stanford University for publications from Pan-Pacifica.

Library Catalogs

Like United States government documents, publications from Asian & Pacific governments can be located using the Library's catalogs: Pathfinder (the catalog of materials in UC Berkeley library collections) and Melvyl (the catalog of materials available from the libraries at the ten UC campuses and other research collections in the state). Asian & Pacific government publications held at other institutions can also be found using the WorldCat or RLIN databases.

Online Databases

Access UNDP (UCB Only). Indexes United Nations Development Programme's Project Reports from 1972-1998. Full text of the publications are available in the "United Nations Development Programme Project Reports" microfiche collection (Microfiche 24773) in the Heyns Reading Room, 2nd floor Doe Library. Reports after 1998 are available on the UNDP Programme Documentation Library.

International Development Abstracts (UCB Only). Excellent database with abstracts in international development, agriculture, economics, demography, the environment, urbanization, housing, health, education, and politics. Includes citations to journals, books, conference proceedings and government documents.

Japan National Diet Library. Key resource for Japanese legislative information. Includes a full-text database of the Diet session proceedings since the 1st session (May 1947). Japanese only.

PAIS International. Excellent source for publications by international organizations and foreign governments.

UNIDO Industrial Development Abstracts. Information on the activities of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) to assist with industrialization in developing countries. Contains over 11,000 abstracts of UNIDO studies and reports, proceedings, workshops, seminars, and other publications. Documents from 1999 onwards are full-text.

Regional Organizations

The following is a selected list of some of the more important International Organizations dealing with Asia. See also the Union of International Organizations database for directories for Asia and the Pacific.

Asian Development Bank. Multilateral development finance institution dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific. Established in 1966, ADB is now owned 61 members.

Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). Forum for facilitating economic growth, cooperation, trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific region, currently with a membership of 21 economic jurisdictions. See also ApecLit a a bibliography of published materials about APEC.

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC): Asia & the Pacific. Links to ICRC country offices in Asia & the Pacific. Each site typically contains background information for each programme, and reports of recent activities.

United Nations Economic & Social Commission for Asia & the Pacific. Regional arm of the United Nations, mandated to support the economic and social development of its .

Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO's)

The following are some selected resources. See also the Union of International Organizations for directories for Asia and the Pacific.

Asian NGO's. Excellent NGO research guide, listed by country with subject categories and IGO affiliations. Also contains NGO statistical data sources. From the documents and maps department, Duke University Libraries.

World Directory of Development Organizations. Huge database of NGO's, searchable by project and organization, and browseable by organization, nationality, and by country and field of activity.

National Governments

The following are selected directories of Asian government gateway sites. Many of these are useful for locating important ministries and offices that might be difficult to find by browsing the main government homepage.

Asian Governments on the World Wide Web. Nice directory by Gunnar Anzinger. Links to national institutions, representations in foreign countries, political information, and more.

Foreign Governments. Contains extensive links for each country, including parliaments, ministries, cabinets, and central banks. From Northwestern University Government Publications and Maps.

Foreign Governments: Asia & the Pacific. Informative site with annotations for each country. Includes links to other regions, as well as information on laws and treaties and statistics. From the University of Michigan Documents Center.

Government & Politics of South Asia. Official websites of South Asian Governments, political parties, information on elections, and more. (South & Southeast Asian Studies, Columbia University).

Research Guides

Accessing Japanese Government Documents. From the University of Hawaii Library. Includes detailed information about the Japanese policy making process and links to the House of Representatives and the House of Councilors.

ChinaLaw Web. Provide information about Chinese law and the legal system in the four different legal jurisdictions in China; the People's Republic of China (PRC), the Republic of China on Taiwan (ROC), the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China, and the Portuguese Colony of Macau.

Chinese Law & Government. Links to Chinese & Taiwanese government institutions, agencies and legal bibliographies.

Japanese Government Publications: Resources at Duke and Beyond. Includes guides to Japanese government publications, links to the Digest to the Official Gazette, lists of white papers, and more.

Japan Information Center. List of government publications and other related organizations' publications available in the reference library of the Japan Information Center, Japanese Consulate General San Francisco.