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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.

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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

Asian Studies E-Books Online

From today, Leiden University has full access to Brill’s Asian Studies ebook collection 2007-2012, part of Brill’s platform for ebooks and journals called Brill Online books and journals.
Leiden University has always had a strong focus on Asian studies, and Brill’s Asian ebooks cover this subject perfectly. Many of Brill’s recent academic works on China, Japan and Korea are part of this collection, and some well known earlier publications are incorporated too.
All fulltext and searchable publications are available for download (PDF): either from inside our university, or after logging in from home with ULCN name and password.

Searching is easy by using the search screen and then restricting by subject or time of publication; it is also possible to search for chapters in books.

Here is the full list of the Asian Studies E-Books Online through Brill :

Books to be found in this large collection include, for example, Erik Zürcher’s The Buddhist Conquest of China; Van Crevel’s Chinese Poetry in Times of Mind, Mayhem and Money; Kevin M. Doak’s A History of Nationalism in Modern Japan; and Remco Breuker’s Establishing a Pluralist Society in Medieval Korea, 918-1170.

December 17, 2012 at 9:20 am 2 comments

Digital National Security Archive

Our library has access to the large new database of Digital National Security Archives of the United States, which might be very useful to anyone interested in Chinese, Japanese or Korean politics.

The DNSA contains the most comprehensive set of declassified government documents available. The resource now includes 38 collections consisting of over 94,000 meticulously indexed documents with a total of 650,000 pages. Each of these collections covers the most critical world events, countries, and U.S. policy decisions from post World War II through the 21st century.
Compiled by top scholars and experts, this archive includes glossaries, chronologies, bibliographies, overviews, and photographs.

Search the archive by going to the search page of the Digital National Security Archive and filling in ‘China’ for example. One can refine by document type (i.e. Classified, Top Secret etc.) and add extra keywords.

Here is a list of all available collections, but especially interesting to us are the following:

December 16, 2012 at 1:54 pm Leave a comment

ProQuest dissertations and theses FULLTEXT

[update: Leiden University have had a trial to ProQuest in March 2012, but it has now been extended to the full version of the available fulltext of all dissertations and theses on ProQuest from September 2012!]
Leiden University not only has access to ProQuest’s dissertations and theses abstracts and index, but has now purchased the fulltext of the ProQuest dissertations and theses database (in easy downloadable PDFs).

There are about 2.9 million dissertations and master theses in the ProQuest database (90% from the US), most of the fulltext dissertations available are from 1997 and later.

Have a look by yourself through the following link: ProQuest dissertations and theses. Or have a look at some examples, like Chinese art; Chinese film; Japanese poetry; Korean literature, …

Try the advanced search screen if you already know what you are looking for. You can search for the dissertations of known universities there, too – (including Leiden) although most of the non-US dissertations sadly have only abstracts and no fulltext.

Of course these searches don’t often get you what you’d expect, or searching for something might not lead to quick results, but when you browse around for a while and try to restrict your search results by choosing a time period in the lower right corner or adding or distracting some keywords, results might improve considerably.

Dissertations and theses are available for PDF download. Enjoy this great source for research!

September 24, 2012 at 7:54 am Leave a comment

Special collections: Hulsewé collection

Hulsewé Collection

This collection contains the sinological library of Prof. Dr. A.F.P. Hulsewé (1910-1993), professor of Chinese in Leiden from 1956 to 1975. The majority of these works represent the special interests of Prof. Hulsewé’s: ancient Chinese law (Qin, Han and Tang law), the history and archaeology of the Han dynasty, and the early history of the Western regions (Xinjiang).
The works of the Hulsewe collection are numbered Huls 1-241, and can be searched through the library catalogue. (more…)

April 24, 2012 at 2:43 pm Leave a comment

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