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Central Asia: Home

This guide will introduce its users to several library resources that are dedicated to region known as Central Asia.


For the purpose of this guide, Central Asia is defined as the region of Eurasia that currently consists of the modern nation-states of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Geographically, speaking Central Asia as a region can be defined from various perspectives. According to one perspective, it is the region that stretches from the eastern shores of the Caspian Sea to China in the West. And from the southern border of Russia in the North to Afghanistan and Iran in the South. These five Central Asian States acquired independence in the aftermath of the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 and comprise a multiethnic, multicultural tapestry of different people leaving in their borders. Furthermore, China, Russia, and countries of South Asia continue to play an important role in the economies of the region.

  • Please click on each flag above to see UC Berkeley's Resources. Mongolia is technically not a part of Central Asia but as part of Eurasia, it is included here due to my curatorial responsibilities. 


Core Reference Books on Central Asia

E-Books on Central Asia

Other significant Central Asian Turkic Collections and Manuscripts

Map of Central Asia

UC Library Search (short version)

 UC Library Search infographic about what is included

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COVID in Central Asia

The links below were provided by my colleague, Andy Spencer, the librarian for Slavic, Eastern European, Central Asian, and Middle Eastern Studies Collections at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Ситуация с коронавирусом:

Министерство здравоохранения Республики Казахстан (Republic of Kazakhstan Ministry of Health):


Кыргыз Республикасынын Саламаттык сактоо министрлиги (Kyrgyz Republic Ministry of Health):

English version:


Монгол улсын засгийн газар - Эрүүл мэндийн яам (Mongolian Ministry of Health) Коронавируст (COVID-19):


Вазорати тандурустӣ ва ҳифзи иҷтимоии аҳолии Ҷумҳурии Тоҷикистон (Republic of Tajikistan - Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Population) - Covid-19:


Ўзбекистон Республикаси Соғлиқни сақлаш вазирлиги (Ministry of Health of the Republic of Uzbekistan):


Social Sciences related Article Databases

Humanities and Literature Related Databases

Open Access Sources

Maps of Central Asia

Selected Journals

Subject Guide

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Relevant Subject Terms

News from Central Asia (in English): Radio Free Europe

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News in Russian and Central Asian Languages

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