Library Research Guide


CLIO (Columbia Libraries Information Online) is the online catalog for the Columbia libraries including Korean collections. Since CLIO utilizes both the McCune-Reischauer romanization and Korean scripts for bibliographic records, searches can be done in either Korean or with the romanization. However, searches using romanization are more reliable for finding materials than using the Korean script. For a quick introduction to CLIO, use the CLIO Quick Guide flyer or, within CLIO, the online help pages. If you are having trouble with CLIO, ask a librarian or a circulation desk attendant for help.

If you are unable to find materials in CLIO, please search one of the following catalogs using romanized search terms.

  • Borrow Direct
    An interlibrary loan service including Columbia University, Brown University, the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and Yale University. It is designed to allow students, faculty and staff at these institutions to request books directly from each other's collections.
  • OCLC WorldCat
    A union catalog consisting of over 150 million cataloging records in libraries worldwide, comprising of books, serials, manuscript collections, audiovisual materials, computer files, and other media. These materials can be borrowed through Interlibrary Loan.
  • KORCIS Korean Old and Rare Collection Information System
    A union catalog of Korean old books and manuscripts. Search by title, keyword, author, and publisher.
  • National Digital Library of Korea
    A union catalog which consists of over a million cataloging records of public libraries in Korea.
  • RISS International
    A union catalog, similar as OCLC WorldCat which consists of over 7 million cataloging records of libraries in Korea. (CU affiliates only)   

Most books in the Korean Collection are located on the 150 and 100 levels of the stacks in the library, where they are shelved along with Chinese, Japanese, and Western-language materials by subject using the Library of Congress Classification number. Materials not being used for a while as well as all bound periodicals are held in off-site. See Off-site Library Shelving Facilities for more information.


  • History Culture Series
    A multimedia contents database dedicated to Korean history and culture. The database covers subjects such as archeology, Korean history, and art history. (CU affiliates only)
  • Korea AtoZ
    A collection of full-text databases on a variety of subjects related to Korean Studies. The databases are arranged into 11 categories and include many classical works, dictionaries, and so on. (CU affiliates only)
  • Korean History & Culture Research DB
    A full-text database of excavation reports and provides a full-text reports in History, archeology, anthropology, literature and folklore in 3,000 volumes from many organizations. (CU affiliates only)
  • KRPia
    A collection of full-text databases related to Korean Studies offering a variety of subjects such as Korean history, literature, art, oriental medicine and the classics. They are arranged in 11 categories and each database provides access to full text as well as image files. (CU affiliates only)
  • KSI E-book
    Full-text electronic books in the fields of humanities and social sciences. (CU affiliates only)
  • LawnB's Legal Information Service
    A legal information portal service that provides a collection of South Korean legal materials online including law information, judicial precedent, lawyer and law firm information, etc. (CU affiliates only)

Journal Articles

The entire collection of Korean periodicals received by Columbia University Libraries is available through CLIO and the status of each periodical can be checked online. Please note that CLIO contains information about periodical titles only and does not contain periodical articles.

The most recent issues are unbound and shelved, in call number order, in the periodicals alcove on the Southside of the reading room. Due to space limitations, bound volumes are located offsite and can be requested online via CLIO.

For microforms of periodicals, check the title in CLIO just as you would check for a book title. For journal articles, please use the following databases:

English Journal Articles

  • Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS)
    Comprehensive bibliographic citations and subject classifications for Western-language journal articles, books, contributed articles in edited volumes and compilations, conference proceedings, etc. on all subjects in Asian Studies. It covers materials from 1971 to the present. Columbia University Libraries have the printed format from 1941-1970. (CU affiliates only)
    An online archive of academic journals in all fields including Asian Studies. Coverage dates from the nineteenth/early twentieth centuries for many journals and continues to 2-5 years prior to the current year. (CU affiliates only)
  • Periodical index online
    An index to the tables of contents of periodicals in the arts, humanities, and social sciences including those published in the 18th, 19th and early 20th century. Includes periodicals in English and other Western languages. (CU affiliates only)

Korean Journal Articles

  • DBpia (Nuri Media)
    A full-text database including over 820 Korean scholarly journals. The journal titles are arranged by 11 subject categories and all journals are available from the first issue to the present. (CU affiliates only)
  • Han'guk Kunhyondae Chapchi Charyo
    Full text and indexes of Korean journals published in the early 20th century. It is freely available.
  • Kdatabase
    A full-text database on humanities and social sciences. It features contemporary Korean historians' and scholars' works and documents, from 1945 to the present. The database also includes 23 full text archives on Korean history. (CU affiliates only)  
  • KISS (Korean Studies Information Co.)
    A full-text database of Korean scholarly journal articles, university publications and research papers published by over 1,200 research institutions in Korea. The database covers all subject areas and has been publishing since 1945. (CU affiliates only)
  • KPJournal
    A full text database including 18 North Korean scholarly journals mostly in science and engineering. It can be searched by keyword, journal title, etc. (CU affiliates only)
  • Kyobo Scholar
    A full text database including 510 Korean scholarly journals in Humanities, social sciences, science and so on. (CU affiliates only)
  • RISS International
    A comprehensive search engine that provides access to the full text of journal articles published by Korean Scholarly Associations, university research institutes and so on. It can be a search tool which provides access to full text journal articles via KISS, DBpia and Kyobo Scholar. (CU affiliates only)             

Dissertations & Theses

English Dissertations and Theses

  • ProQuest Digital Dissertations & Theses
    The world's most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from 1861 to the present. Masters theses have been selectively indexed since 1962. The full texts of dissertations and theses have been added since 1997. (CU affiliates only)

Korean Dissertations and Theses


The Library is subscribing a number of Korean newspapers, both in paper and in microfilm. New arrivals are put on racks in the Korean periodicals reading room area. Back issues of the newspapers are kept for six months on the newspaper shelves in front of the alcove to the right of the stained glass window. Check the locations with the Korean studies librarian. Microfilm is stored in off-site. Below are available online.

  • Choson Ilbo Archive
    A full-text database of the Choson Daily Newspaper Archives from its beginning issue in 1920 to the present. The database is searchable by keyword, journalist, date and so on. (CU affiliates only)
  • Donga Ilbo Archive
    A full-text database of the Donga Daily Newspaper Archives from its beginning issue in 1920 to the present.
  • Keijo Nippo = Kyŏngsŏng ilbo (1915-1935)
    Image reproductions in pdf format of an official Japanese-language newspaper from colonial-period Korea. (CU affiliates only)
  • KINDS (Korean Integrated News Database System)
    A comprehensive online news database that provides full-text articles from national dailies, economic dailies, TV news programs, English language dailies, local dailies, trade newspapers, and news magazines. This database covers articles from 1990 to the present.  Full-text of Tongnip Sinmun and Taehan Maeil Sinmun is also available.
  • Naenara
    An official North Korean news source and the online website of the Pyongyang Times. It is available in English, Korean and many other languages.
  • National Institute of Korean History -- Newspapers
    Iimage reproductions of a number of historical Korean newspapers which can be browsed by date. Please note that Innovative iBrowser must be installed to view the newspapers; a link to the download is also available on the help page.
  • Naver News Library
    A full-text database of Korean newspapers including the four major newspapers, Dong-A Ilbo, Kyunghyang Shinmun, Maeil Business Newspaper, and Hankyoreh covering from 1920 through 1999. It can be browsed by dates and searched by keywords. Original images, orignal text, and Ha'gul version displays are available.

References Sources

Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

  • EncyKorea
    An online version of the Korean Cultural Heritage Encyclopedia (=Han'guk minjok munhwa tae paekkwa sajon). This encyclopedia covers many subjects including cultural heritages such as art, language, society, nature, history and so on. It not only contains text, but also images, and maps. (CU affiliates only)
  • Korea AtoZ
    A collection of full-text databases including encyclopedias and dictionaries related to Korean Studies such as EncyKorea, Korean language dictionaries, and Who's Who in North Korean artists. (CU affiliates only)
  • Korean Database
    An online database originally developed by the Academy of Korean Studies including much information on Korean art, culture, folklore, history, literature, religion, and etc. It can be searched by keyword or by subject.
  • Korean McCune-Reischauer Romanization Dictionary
    An online tool developed by the Korean Studies librarians in North America in converting Hangul to the McCune-Reischauer romanization.
  • KRPia
    A collection of full-text databases related to Korean Studies offering many encyclopedias, dictionaries. who's who, etc. (CU affiliates only)
  • P'yojun Kugo Taesajon
    An online dictionary for Korean language developed by National Institute of the Korean Language covering not only basic words but also idioms, proverbs, dialects and so on.