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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.

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March 7, 2013 at 1:09 pm 2 comments

Chinese reference ebooks (Apabi)

The East Asian Library has access to 168 Reference ebooks through Chinese ebook portal Apabi. This is a collection of dictionaries and encyclopedias on various subjects, i.e. literature, films, Chinese who’s who, Buddhism, ancient texts, Tibet, Chinese vegetables… just browse the list to find out!

Through this Apabi reference books link you can either browse by subject or by alphabet, or continue reading to see a full list of titles here (by alphabet): (more…)

April 1, 2011 at 12:28 pm Leave a comment


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