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Art and Film


Korean films on Box of Broadcasts

Films within National Archives of Korea

Korean Art and Galleries around the world

Korean Film Archive (includes some full movies with subtitles)

Rakuten Viki (Korean and other East Asian dramas with optional subtitles. Movies available with premium subscription.)


Periodicals and Databases

A-Z Databases

Cambridge Core

DBpia (Nurimedia) See also the video DBpia User Guide in English.

Policy and Information Portal (South Korean government reports, policies, and statistics)

KISS (Korean studies Information Service System, journal articles)

KCI-Korean Journal Database (within Web of Science)

KLWAVE ('Korean Literature Now' and other content)

Korea Open Access Journals

Korean History Database

KRpia (Nurimedia)

North Korean Serials (1948-1964)

Publications of the DPRK (Recent North Korean books and periodicals. Select Korean interface to see Korean-language titles.)


Citation Databases

Bibliography of Asian Studies

RISS. Integrated search across Korean journals, dissertations, and theses. Free after registration.

KCI-Korean Journal Database (within Web of Science)

ZETOC (Citation database from Jisc and the British Library)


Dictionaries and Reference Works

Glossary of Korean Studies

Naver Dictionaries

Toktogi (add-on for Firefox)

Toktogi (extension for Chrome)


Early or Rare Books

Academy of Korean Studies

HathiTrust (Global Public Domain only)

KORCSIS: Korean Old and Rare Collection Information System

National Library of Korea Digital Collection

'Old Books About Korea Online' (list by Brother Anthony of Taizé, President of RAS Korea)

Rare Books of Korea (National Library of Korea Collection)


Full Text E-Books

BookRail Korean e-books

Cambridge Core

Google Books 

Korea Foundation e-books

Korean e-books and e-journals in Cambridge iDiscover (or search iDiscover)

National Library of Korea Digitized Materials (Items restricted to 'Partner libraries' / '협약도서관' may be viewed on dedicated PCs in the FAMES library and in the UL's Japanese and Korean office. Please contact for more information.)

Publications of the DPRK (Recent North Korean books and periodicals. Select Korean interface to see Korean-language titles.)


Historical Archives

Academy of Korean Studies

Annals of the Choson Dynasty (Full text) 朝鮮王朝實錄

Digital National Security Archive (includes 'The United States and the Two Koreas' (1969-2000; Part II 1969-2010)

Korean History On-line (한국역사정보 통합 시스템)

Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies: Kyujanggak Archive Search

National Archives of Korea (대한민국 국가기록원)

National Institute of Korean History (국사편찬위원회)

UCLA Online Archive of Korean Christianity


Language Learning Resources

First Step Korean, Yonsei University on Coursera

italki (find language exchange partners & private teachers)

Language Centre, University of Cambridge (study materials and options for speaking practice)

Learn to Speak Korean 1, Yonsei University on Coursera



Talk to Me in Korean

See also Art and Film.


Library Catalogues and Guides

AMES Faculty Library: Korean Studies Selected Online Resources

National Library of Korea

National Assembly Library

Northwestern University LibGuide for Korean Studies

Cambridge University Libraries iDiscover (main search for books and e-resources)

Cambridge University Libraries e-resources (databases, articles & eBooks)

University of Michigan Research Guide for Korean Online Resources



Newspapers and Newspaper Archives

News from North and South Korea

  • Factiva (articles from over 30,000 publications in 28 languages. In advanced search, select Korean or choose from a list of publications in South Korea or North Korea.)
  • World News Connection (English translations of world news stories, 1995 to 2013 only)

News from North Korea

News from South Korea


UK or Europe Specific Asian Studies Information

British Library Korean Collection

NACIRA : National Committee for Information Resources on Asia 

Opening hours

Monday to Thursday

9am to 6:50pm (staffed 9am to 5:10pm)


9am to 6:50pm (staffed 9am to 16:50pm)


9am to 4:30pm (not staffed)

No fetching or transfers 12.30pm to 2pm, after 4:45pm (4:30pm Friday), and all day Saturday. Readers wishing to consult non-borrowable items on Saturdays, please order by 3pm on Friday, for transfer to the Manuscripts Reading Room for consultation.

Contact us

Korean Section

Cambridge University Library
West Road Cambridge

Tel. 01223 333155