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Chinese Studies: Home

A guide to resources for the study of China

Introduction to China Related Resources in the HBLL

This page provides general information about accessing China-related resources held in the HBLL (in both Chinese and English).  

For help with discipline-specific research, click on the relevant tab near the top of this page. These tabs will take you to library guides focused on the following topics: Pre-Modern and Modern Chinese History, Pre-Modern and Modern Chinese Literature, Chinese Linguistics, and Chinese Government and Politics. (Additional guides will appear in the future).   

Call Numbers for Books About China

Your research process should always involve Browsing the Book Stacks.

Books on similar topics are shelved next to each other.  If you visit a call number location in person, I guarantee you will find relevant materials that you did not know existed.

All Chinese Language Books are found in the Asian Collection on the 4th Floor. Click the map at the right for details. ---->

English language materials about China are located in several different parts of the library as noted below (in parentheses).

Call number categories are the same for materials in the Asian Collection and English language materials shelved in other parts of the library.

BL 1900 Daoism (2nd Floor, Religion & Family History Library)

BQ Buddhism (2nd Floor, Religion & Family History Library)

DS 700–799 History of China (1st Floor, Social Science Library)

GR 335–340 Fables, Myths, Legends, Folklore (1st Floor, Social Science Library)

JZ 1730–1734 Chinese Politics and Government (1st Floor, Central Stacks)

PL 1001–3300 Chinese Language and Literature (5th Floor, North Stacks)

Sources in Chinese

Wangfang COJChina Online Journals

Wangfang Data China Online Journals (COJ) provides access to 8,183 journals (Humanities, Social Sciences, Medicine, Life Sciences, etc.) published in China and over 43.17 million articles, many provided in full-text. Searching is done in Chinese 

National Social Sciences Database (Chinese Journals)National Social Sciences Database (China)

Provides current access to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) core journals. Many journals provide full text links to article PDF files, others just provide citations (use Interlibrary Loan to get a copy of the article). To make use of some features you will need to create a personal username and password. 

Airiti Library: Search this database to find citations for articles published in academic journals from Taiwan. After discovering an article you want, order it through Interlibrary Loan; this database does not provide access to full text articles.

Asian Collection 4th Floor Map (Click to Enlarge)

Searching the Library Catalog for Books in Chinese

If you know the author or title you want:    

Use the Library Catalog to look up the book using Chinese Characters 漢字 or Pinyin 拼音 Romanization

If you search by Pinyin, leave a space between the Romanization of every character except when searching with place names.


Pinyin Title Search:

   san guo yan yi  NOT  sanguo yanyi

Pinyin Title Search that Includes a Place Name

    Zhongguo NOT Zhong Guo; Henan NOT He Nan             

Databases for Finding Asian Studies Scholarship

Hover over the  icon to reveal detailed information about each database. For some very helpful tips on how to conduct a successful database search, click Here.

TIP: Use multiple databases when searching for articles related to your research project as each database has different coverage and unique features. Also, don't forget to search for Dissertations and Theses, as these often have very comprehensive bibliographies.

Databases of Primary Sources

North China Herald MastheadNorth China Herald Online (Newspaper 1850-1940)

The North China Herald is the prime printed source for the history of the foreign presence in China from around 1850 to 1940s. No other newspaper existed over such an extended period or covers the era with such depth and variety. Full-text searchable 

[British] Foreign Office Files China (1919–1980) Database maintained by Adam Matthews Digital

China, America and the PacificChina, America, and the Pacific 18th–20th Centuries Database maintained by Adam Matthews Digital

Happy Family Chairman Mao Portrait Chinese Propaganda Posters 

Click on "Themes" to view posters related to such topics as "The Long March," "The Sino-Japanese War," "The Great Leap Forward," "The Cultural Revolution," Mao Zedong and other leaders of the Chinese Communist Party, Models and Martrys, Working Women, Villains, etc.

US Government Documents (Search for Asia Related Documents)

Asian Studies Librarian

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Tim Davis

Office: 4523 HBLL

I'm currently working from home. Please e-mail me if you need help with Asian-related research questions or if you are having trouble accessing library resources. I'm happy to help!

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Hours: M-Th: 8am-9pm; 
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Online Newspapers



China Digital Times (CDT) is an independent, bilingual media organization that brings uncensored news and online voices from China to the world.

Encyclopedias in Chinese

Zhongguo dabaike quanshu 中国大百科全书  Asian Reference AE17 .C483x


Chinese Reading Database