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Scripta Sinica 漢籍電子文獻資料庫

The Scripta Sinica 漢籍電子文獻資料庫 database, compiled by the Academia Sinica in Taiwan, is an essential set of classic Chinese works, all in fulltext.

More than 814 titles and 477,960,000 characters of materials pertaining to the traditional Chinese classics have been included in the database, and have been categorized with meticulous care. The Scripta Sinica database contains almost all of the important Chinese classics, especially those related to Chinese history. All texts have interpunctions, notes and sometimes scanned images. (more…)


October 24, 2014 at 12:21 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

Special collections: local gazetteers 地方志

Local gazetteers 地方志

The East Asian Library has a growing collection of 地方志, local gazetteers (local histories), of the Song, Yuan, Ming, Qing dynasties (960-1911) and the Republican period (1911-1949).
These gazetteers are kept in the normal stacks and more than 2000 of them can be found through the online catalogue with the search term 地方志.

The older gazetteers, which have traditional Chinese binding, can not yet be searched online: find them through the card catalogue in the Green Room in de East Asian Library. (more…)

April 23, 2012 at 2:42 pm Leave a comment

Cambridge History of China

The original editors to this (still unfinished) series are John K. Fairbank † and Denis Twitchett †, assisted by scholars of each particular time period. Every volume is made up of serveral chapters, written by experts in the field. Each article gives an overview of a certain subject, often bringing to light new materials and viewpoints.

There are not only many footnotes in the text itself, but also a long list of references with each chapter title – listed separately in the online version with added SFX button (please note the catalog search often is lost in Wade Giles to pinyin-translation, plus there is the famous name-surname confusion unworthy of this Cambridge Histories online version).

The last chapter of each volume is often made up of a very useful bibliography. Furthermore, most volumes contain bibliographic essays, reviewing primary sources and secundary materials of the given period. (more…)

June 30, 2011 at 2:32 pm Leave a comment

China academic journals (CAJ)

Since November 2010 we have access to China Academic Journals [中国期刊全文数据库], a vast collection of Chinese electronic journals. Our license covers four major subjects, resulting in access to over 4,000 journals:

You can search this ejournal database by pinyin or in Chinese characters. Most journals are covered from their first issue, since we have access to all of the archives. Once one has found an article, there is an abstract, plus a list of links to all articles cited inside the article. Furthermore, the list of ‘similar documents’ is really useful – it not only searches through the whole CAJ database for other materials covering the same subject, but also the databases of the Chinese Masters’ (CMFD) and Doctoral Dissertations (CDFD), plus the Chinese Yearbooks. The CAJ fulltext journal database works for multiple concurrent users and is definitely worth checking out!

The Staatsbibliothek Berlin has put a user Guide CAJ [PDF] online. Please note you can only access the fulltext journals from inside the library network, or after logging in with your university password from home.

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