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Global Commodities

The Global Commodities database provides a vast range of visual, manuscript and printed materials, sourced from over twenty key libraries and more than a dozen companies and trade organisations worldwide. These original sources will help scholars to explore the history of fifteen major commodities from about 1500 and to examine the ways that these have changed the world.

The commodities explored in this resource are: coffee, tea, chocolate, cotton, fur, opium, oil, porcelain, silver and gold, spices, sugar, timber, tobacco, wheat, wine and spirits. The content of Global Commodities comprises mainly primary sources providing high quality visual materials, descriptions, diaries, shipping manifests, travel logs, and much more. (more…)

August 23, 2015 at 9:56 am Leave a comment

Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies

Since 2014, Leiden University Libraries are hosting a ‘Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies‘. This resource center, established by an official agreement between the National Central Library in Taiwan (NCL) and the Leiden University Libraries (UBL) signed in 2014, will be the platform for Taiwan to promote and share both Taiwan and China studies with the faculty, scholars and students of Leiden University. The agreement, aimed to strenghten academic ties, resulted in a generous donation of books on all kinds of subjects relating to Chinese studies, and provides access to a wealth of digital Chinese resources.

The TRCCS book collection (here’s the list) which is continuously updated, can be found on dedicated bookshelves inside the East Asian Library Reading Room. All books are available for browsing and borrowing. Apart from printed works, staff and students of Leiden University have access to many electronic databases, hosted by the National Central Library in Taipei.

Here are two important ones:

  • Linking Publishing ebooks collection 聯經電子書 Lianjing dianzi shu:
    A collection of 270 ebooks on various topics including history, literature, economy, and arts and lifestyle. Although downloading these PDFs is not possible, all ebooks can be read from the screen. Access from within the University campus.

For a full list of available databases go to the TRCCS website and browse the ‘Resources’ section. There are a lot of interesting databases, of which below a small selection :

  • Rare Books and Special Collections 古籍與特藏文獻資源. Integrated search box for all following collections:
    • Union Catalog of Rare Books Database 中文古籍聯合目錄 | National Central Library’s rare books catalogue.
    • Digital Images 古籍影像檢索. Tick the box saying 是否有影像 on the search screen, then click”瀏覽影像” top left to view scanned books from the NCL, the Library of Congress, the C.V. Starr East Asian Library, and others.
    • Genealogy Catalogue 臺灣家譜聯合目錄 | Search through the genealogy catalogues of 11 Taiwanese libraries and institutions.
    • Collection of Rubbings from Metal and Stone 金石拓片資料 | Scanned collection of almost 4,000 Chinese rubbings and epitaphs. Click on the image to view full screen or to print.

The most important of these databases will in due time be added to the Database list for Chinastudies in the library catalogue.

July 7, 2015 at 12:54 pm Leave a comment

Shenbao 申报

Shenbao

Established in 1872, 申报 Shenbao (historically transliterated as Shun Pao or Shen-pao) was the most influential and longest lasting commercial newspaper of before the establishment of the People’s Republic. Published in Shanghai until 1949, Shenbao was founded by Englishman Ernest Major, but, uniquely, as a newspaper for Chinese readers, written by Chinese reporters. During its existence, Shenbao gradually shifted from a conservative to a more liberal perspective, and played a pivotal role in the formation of public opinion in the imperial period and into the tumultuous beginnings of modern China.

Published over eight decades of its existence, Shenbao’s content varies: politics, economics, history, cultural studies – literature, art, cinema. Shenbao is a standard source for late 19th and early 20th-century history. Its multicultural editors and correspondents’ claims can be keyed to any research whose objectives are global historical patterns of interaction and modernity or the resistance and reinterpretation of traditions. (more…)

December 16, 2014 at 9:23 am Leave a comment

Chinese Studies – Oxford Bibliographies Online

We have access to Chinese Studies – Oxford Bibliographies, with Tim Wright (Emeritus Professor of Chinese Studies, University of Sheffield) as editor in chief, and a board of editors and expert contributors who have written on the subject. The list of research fields is updated regularly.

The Bibliography in Chinese Studies provides an authoritative guide to the whole field’s key works and the most important scholarship in European languages as well as Chinese and Japanese. (more…)

June 27, 2014 at 12:16 pm Leave a comment

Special collections: Van Gulik collection

Van Gulik Collection

the Lore of the Chinese luteThe Van Gulik Collection consists mostly of books from the personal library of Robert Hans van Gulik 高羅佩 (1910-1967), Dutch sinologist, diplomat and writer of detective stories.

Van Gulik’s collection is best known for its ancient Chinese novels, literature, and books on art and music (qin), and for its special publications like Japanese blockprints of Chinese works, studies on China and Japan, and a collection of congshu, Chinese ‘collected works’ or collectanea. (more…)

May 30, 2014 at 2:40 pm Leave a comment

IMF eLibrary data

We have a trial until the beginning of June to lots of data for you to work with: the IMF eLibrary data database, the eLibrary of the International Monetary Fund or IMF.

This database simplifies analysis and research with direct access to the IMF’s periodicals, books, working papers and studies, and data and statistical tools.
IMF Data provides information and perspective on macroeconomics, globalization, development, trade, aid, demographics, emerging markets, policy advice, poverty reduction and more.

IMF eLibrary is easy to use, you can build your own queries and run specified data reports: (quote) “Data Reports helps users to easily build reports and charts covering many common IMF data topics. Predetermined country, topic, and data sources are available through the dropdown menus in the Data Reports tool. Query Builder allows users to develop a customized data search by filtering across country, concepts, and database sources to generate a report” (unquote). Read more from the IMF’s brochure [in PDF] Explore the new IMF eLibrary.

Leiden University Libraries are having the IMF eLibrary data on trial until the beginning of June 2014. If you like this resource, please let us know! Drop us an email at the email address of the subject librarian of Middle Eastern Studies or the subject librarian of Chinastudies. Thanks!

April 16, 2014 at 8:08 am Leave a comment

Airiti Journals 中文電子期刊服務資料庫


Our library has access to Airiti Journals 中文電子期刊服務資料庫, until 2016 known as TEPS 台湾电子期刊服务网 or Taiwan Electronic Periodical Services. The Airiti Journals are a collection with over 900 fulltext journals from Taiwan in the fields of humanities – including religion, philosophy, history, art, linguistics, literature, anthropology – and social sciences – including education. There are also journals in the field of medical science, natural sciences and applied sciences. Most of the journals are in Chinese, but there are also several journals in English. Use the search screen on the top left to search for articles or journal titles.

Most of the journals are roughly available from 2005, although some journal archives are from an even earlier date. Journals are published online within several weeks of their publication and are ordered by date, newest first.

All fulltext articles have a short abstract in Chinese and English, and are available to download as a PDF file using the red button saying ‘Download PDF’.

All journals are accessible from home for university students and staff with your ULCN username and password, through the ‘Find Databases’ option in the library catalogue, or else this link to Airiti Journals.

February 25, 2014 at 1:24 pm Leave a comment

Oxford Bibliographies

Our library has arranged for a trial access to the Oxford Bibliographiess, a carefully selected set of authoritative research guides in a wide area of subject areas, including social sciences, humanities, area studies, history, religion and law. It is a great resource to start your search for good validated sources in a particular field.

Each subject area has a board of editors and expert contributors who have written on the subject. The list of research fields is updated regularly and forthcoming research fields are found at the bottom of the subject area’s main page.

For each research field, referred to as ‘articles’, there is a one page introduction with a list of titles providing General Overviews or General Studies of the subject chosen, plus a selection of Reference works and other Guides to Sources or Primary Data Sources. Depending on the field, there are extensive lists of collections, periodicals, compendia, translated works or other relevant sources. Have a look at the entries for ‘China Studies‘ or ‘Buddhism‘ for example, with subjects like Chinese Cinema or China’s One Child Policy, for example.

All recommended articles or books on every subject have a short four-line review and a nice option to save or download its citation to, for example, Endnote or Zotero. A second handy feature makes you ‘Find this resource’ at our own library, or through WorldCat or Google Books. Our link resolver SFX will take you automatically to the fulltext or to the printed copy, if we have it at our library.

To learn more, you are welcome to watch the guided tour for students or for faculty through ‘Take a Tour‘. Our trial to ‘Oxford Bibliographies’ will run until February 14.

February 3, 2014 at 3:35 pm Leave a comment

Conference on Chinese Buddhism and Zürcher

The incredible influence of the work of the late Erik Zürcher on the study of Chinese Buddhism calls out for a reevaluation of his contributions, to discuss his legacy, and future directions of research.

To this end, 13 scholars will make presentations at the conference: “Chinese Buddhism and the Scholarship of Erik Zürcher” in Leiden, 12-14 February 2014.

The opening of the international conference on Chinese Buddhism and the Scholarship of Erik Zürcher is on Wednesday 12 February from 10.00-11.45 hours in the Academy Building, in the presence of Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix.

During the opening Mrs H.D. Zürcher-Bulten will be presented with the first copy of Buddhism in China: Collected Papers of Erick Zürcher.

Follow the link to register for the conference.

January 16, 2014 at 12:40 pm Leave a comment

Brill’s Encyclopedia of China Online

Brill’s Encyclopedia of China Online is based on the original 1000 page reference work on China (available in the East Asian Library reading room at SINOL. L 10 E 18) and has its main focus on China from the mid-19th century to the 21st century.

The encyclopedia consists of approximately 450 articles on a variety of topics, written by top scholars around the world. Articles, or entries, are grouped alphabetically, and can be linked to directly.

Brill’s website states there will be additions of statistical data and other new content added each year. Articles are thorough and use pinyin for Chinese terms – there are no Chinese characters anywhere in the text (that said, there haven’t been any Chinese characters in the printed version of the encyclopedia either…) Illustrations are scarce, and if you can find any (try ‘painting‘) they happen to be in black and white (!), differing from the illustrations in the printed encyclopedia.

That all put aside, Brill’s Encyclopedia of China Online is a good source for reliable information on the history, geography, society, economy, politics, science, and culture of China. At the end of each article there is a bibliographical list for further reading.

March 7, 2013 at 1:09 pm 2 comments

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