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Online Resources for Chinese Studies in North American Libraries

Compiled by: Ming POON, Josephine SCHE, and Mi Chu WIENS (November, 2004)

Library of Congress - Harvard University - Princeton University - Yale University - University of California, Berkeley - University of Chicago - University of Michigan - Columbia University - Cornell University - University of British Columbia - University of California, Los Angeles - University of Washington - Stanford University - University of Pittsburgh - University of Toronto - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - University of Arizona - University of Hawaii - Ohio State University - Indiana University - University of Kansas - University of Wisconsin - University of North Carolina


The libraries in this compilation are listed in order by volume of Chinese books. For a recent statistical table of East Asian library holdings in North America, visit the following sites:

The information on each Chinese book collection is taken from the websites of the individual libraries. The strengths and special features are mentioned.

All libraries included in this compilation provide Internet access to their library catalogs. The various ways to use these online catalogs are explained in the sites. Users are given links to these explanations besides the actual e-catalogs themselves.

Online resources in the form of bibliographic tools and research aids, compiled either by librarians or professors are included in these library sites. They are selectively mentioned, followed by the web addresses, if relevant to East Asian or Chinese Studies. The language used is indicated by language notations (E), (C), (ECJK), etc following the title of the site.

Library of Congress


The Chinese collection is the largest of its kind in the West, numbering 797,718 volumes. "The collection contains materials on all subjects of value to scholarship, except clinical medicine and technical agriculture. The Library's collection of Chinese legal materials--the finest outside of Asia--is available in the Law Library."

The primary public access point for researchers seeking to use the Chinese collection is the Asian Reading Room. A brief account of the Chinese collection can be found via its homepage:


A similar account is accessible via the Global Gateway homepage:


The Global Gateway homepage has the following description about the Chinese collection: "Areas of special strength include classical Chinese literature, the collected writings of individual authors, documentary and archival materials of the Ch'ing and Republic periods, and traditional Chinese medicine." There are approximately 2,000 titles of Chinese rare books including manuscripts and 1,500 Ming imprints, etc, in addition to 4,000 local gazetteers. Several thousand volumes in Manchu, Mongol, Moso (Naxi), etc, mark a significant presence of the ethnic minority languages.

(Chinese Studies Collection Overview: //

Periodicals and newspapers are also numerous. "The Collection holds more than 12,000 periodical titles. The newspaper holdings date from the 1870's to the present, numbering about 1,200 titles; some of these are available in hard copy and others on microform. The Section regularly receives important Chinese-language newspapers, published in various areas of the world. These are microfilmed on a continuing basis. There are approximately 200,000 books in the general collections relating to China. The Chinese Section receives an average of 12,000 monographs and 2,500 current serial titles annually." (Chinese Studies Collection Overview: //

For special format materials, "the Library has rare, old Chinese maps in the Geography and Map Division; many unique and rare Chinese photographs and fine prints in the Prints and Photographs Division; missionary papers, trading house papers, personal diplomatic and military papers in the Manuscript Division." (Chinese Studies Collection Overview: //

Since 2000, the Chinese collection "has expanded its collection of contemporary publications of the People's Republic of China and widened the scope of business, finance, law, science and technology, environment, development in western China, and minority affairs, with focus on international relations, Communist Party history, American studies in China, economic reform and military affairs and national defense." (Asian Reading Room homepage: //


The Library of Congress Online Catalog provides Basic Search using a fill-in box and Guided Search using a series of forms and menus. Its site follows:

For instruction on how to use the LC Online Catalog, go to:

Online Resources

LC's international online resource providing authoritative, in-depth information about Asian nations is the Asian Portal, part of the Portals to the World (EC). The China and Taiwan portals provide online resources on politics and government, diplomacy, business, and travel. Portals to China and Taiwan are accessible at:



A very useful LC site is the Country Studies (E), an online version of books previously published in hard copy by the Federal Research Division sponsored by the U.S. Department of Army. The Greater China region has 2 books: China and Macau. They are accessible at:


The country study for China, as for other countries, "presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions." It is packed with information; but the contents are outdated (data as of July 1987).

There is also a corpus of information relating to Chinese law in the GLIN (Global Legal Information Network). Under the jurisdictions of China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan, the information is organized under six headings: constitution, executive, judicial, legislative, legal guides and miscellaneous, and general resources. They are accessible at:


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Harvard University


The Chinese collection of Harvard-Yenching Library is approximately 577,062 volumes, plus thousands of volumes in Tibetan, Mongolian and Manchu. "The collection is strong in local gazetteers, collectanea, writings of individuals of the Ming and Qing periods; and primary and secondary sources for the study of the Kuomintang and the Chinese Communist Party, as well as the history of modern and contemporary China." The Chinese rare books collection is also remarkably rich.

The Chinese collection provides comprehensive coverage of Chinese "history, language and literature, philosophy and religion, fine arts, and sources for the study of the modern and contemporary periods in the social sciences." Highlights of the Library's Chinese collections include a group of Dongba (Naxi) manuscripts; an extensive collection of Chinese rubbings; the archives of the Lingnan University Trustees from 1884 to 1952; missionary works in Chinese; collections of personal papers; a Tiananmen Archive; a photographic collection by Hedda Morrison. There are also Chinese-language holdings in Harvard's Law School Library, Fine Arts Library, Map Collection, and the John K. Fairbank Center for East Asian Research Library. For a brief description of the Chinese collection in Harvard-Yenching Library, visit:


For a guide in searching HOLLIS, Harvard's online catalog, go to:

HOLLIS itself is at: > Online Catalogs > The Hollis Catalog

Online Resources

The Chinese Studies Online Resources (EC) site of Harvard-Yenching Library provides links grouped under three broad headings: News, electronic newspapers and journals; Databases in Chinese; Chinese library and academic resources:

The Harvard-Yenching collections are also subjects of many publications, which are provided online in three sections (Catalogs; Library Bibliographical Series; and Publications About the Harvard-Yenching Library) in the following site:

There is also a Western-Language Newspapers in the Harvard-Yenching Library and Elsewhere at Harvard (E) site with the following address:

Of special interest is a visual sites, The Hedda Morrison Photographs of China (E) with the following address:

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Princeton University


Built around the original Gest Oriental Library, Princeton's East Asian Library has a Chinese collection amounting to about 425,264 volumes. It maintains comprehensive coverage in works on literature and history. "It is also voluminous in philosophy and religion, geography and the classics; of special note is the collection on traditional Chinese medicine." In addition, it is rich in Buddhism, collectanea, and certain scientific subjects, such as mathematics and astronomy, with a concentration of works from the Ming dynasty.


One easy way to search Voyager, the electronic catalog of Princeton, is the "guided keyword" search. For instructions on searching Voyager in the East Asian environment, visit the following website:

The Main Catalog itself is at: > Main Catalog

Online Resources

The East Asian Library site provides a series of useful online subject guides, including General Reference Works for East Asian Studies (E):

Basic Reference Works for Chinese Studies (E):

Guide for Chinese Graduate Students (E):

Benjamin A. Elman's Classical Historiography for Chinese History (E):

and Lynn White and Valerie Cropper's Contemporary China: a Book List (E):

Its online resources linkages provide concise explanations and convenient access to the Renda Databases, Shanghai Library Databases, Electronic Siku Quanshu, China Academic Journals Network, etc. The links can be accessed at: > Databases/Catalogs

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Yale University


With a volume count of 413,518 volumes, the Chinese collection in Yale's East Asia Library is strong in archaeology, Buddhism, modern history, history of art, languages and linguistics, literature, and economics. A Jen Yu-wen Collection on the Taiping Revolutionary Movement is housed in a special room. Some Ming imprints are preserved in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Other departments hold manuscripts and archives related to China and personal records of former missionaries to China.


Orbis, Yale University's online catalog, is accessible together with search help information at: > Orbis & library catalogs

Brief help manual to use Orbis in the CJK environment is found at:

Online Resources

The East Asia Library has comprehensive linkages to online resources. Resources relevant to Chinese Studies are first found in the General Resources (E) section under the headings of Newspapers and Magazines, Reference Tools, East Asian Computing, East Asian WWW Servers, East Asian Search Engines, Dictionaries, Maps and Calendars:

In the Resources for East Asian Studies (E) site the resources are grouped under four categories: East Asian Studies [General], Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, and Korean Studies. Under each category, there are five sub-groups: Asia Facts, Subject Guides, Organizations, Databases, and Topics:

The East Asia Library also provides a variety of online research aids. First on the list is General Electronic Resources for East Asian Studies (ECJK) compiled by C. Hsu. It contains selective entries grouped under seven categories: BAS and JSTOR; Abstracts & Indexes; Dissertations; Library Catalogs; Books in Print; News Archives; and Statistics:

The second research aid is English-language Print Resources for East Asian Studies (E) with entries listed by regions: East Asia, China, Japan, and Korea:

The third research aid is an annotated Electronic Databases for East Asian Studies (E) with entries listed by forms: General Databases, Subject-specific Databases, Databases on CD-ROM, News Sources, and Library Catalogs:

The fourth research aid is China-related Bibliographies at the Yale Library (ECJ) in two parts by languages, then subdivided by subjects: General; Arts; History & Geography; Language & Literature; Philosophy & Religion; Social Sciences; and Sciences:

The fifth research aid is Index on Chinese History at the Yale Library (CJ) arranged by Hanyu Pinyin:

The sixth research aid is China-related Bibliographies in Japanese (J):

The seventh research aid is a selectively annotated Chinese Databases (C) with entries arranged under four categories: Abstracts & Indexes; Sinology Databases; Digital Libraries; Miscellaneous. This site is intended to be a workshop for students:

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University of California, Berkeley


The Chinese collection of UC Berkeley (UCB), standing at 375,683 volumes, is comprehensive in coverage in order to support a broad program of East Asian studies in the university.

The East Asian Library (EAL) collects Chinese materials before 1949 and is strong in both humanities and social sciences. Also, there are some special collections including the Ho-Chiang Collection of Buddhist scripture, Mongol, Manchu, Tibetan collections, and Chinese rubbings of the Mitsui Library. The rare book room has notable Chinese items including a Five Dynasties dharani scroll and a Tang Dynasty manuscript.

UC Berkeley's Center for Chinese Studies (CCS) Library is one of the premier research centers on contemporary Mainland Chinese affairs, focused on post-1949 Chinese politics, economics and social sciences.


Resources in UCB can be accessed through Pathfinder (or Telnet Gladis) and resources from the nine UC campuses are linked by MELVIL. For a brief description of the different online catalogs visit the following sites:

Pathfinder and MELVIL can be accessed respectively at:

Online Resources

EAL's Chinese Resources listing contains five links: China Journal Net/Chinese Academic Journals; Chinese Civilization in Time and Space; Electronic Siku; Scripta Sinica; and Index of Online Chinese Texts:

An important Berkeley-created online resource is the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative (ECAI) that contains information relevant to Chinese Studies. ECAI can be accessed at:

The Center for Chinese Studies (CCS) Library is in the early stages of compiling an electronic collection spanning the social sciences. At present its Online Resources Homepage contains the following sections: UC Berkeley Resources; Library Resources; Journal Resources; and Asian Studies Sites.

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University of Chicago


The East Asian Collection of the University of Chicago consists of 361,243 volumes in Chinese, concentrated in the areas of humanities, social sciences and law, plus some in Manchu, Mongolian and Tibetan. The Chinese collection is strong in classics, archaeology, local gazetteers, collectanea, and bibliography.


Resources in the East Asian Collection are accessible via the University Library's main catalog. It provides Basic Search, Advanced Search and History functions. > library catalog

Online Resources

The East Asian Collection does not maintain a separate site for online resources. Rather, individual links can be found in the master list of the University Library's electronic resource: > electronic resources

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University of Michigan


With a volume count of 343,325, the Chinese collection of the University of Michigan's Asia Library is sufficient to support advanced research in various fields. Most of the ancient materials are either reprints or microfilms.


MIRLYN (MIchigan Research LibrarY Network) is the University of Michigan's computerized library system. It includes: the UMich Library Catalog (MCAT) - the online catalog to most of the University's libraries; periodical and other indexes in a wide variety of subjects; access to other Big Ten and regional university catalogs; Worldcat; and the Center for Research Libraries. A brief guide to MIRLYN can be found at:

MIRLYN itself is at: > MIRLYN

Online Resources

The e-journals and e-newspapers relevant to Asia are searchable in the UM Library's Electronic Journals & Newspapers List (E):

The Asia Library Homepage "was one of the first multilingual (English/Chinese/Japanese) web pages in North America devoted to East Asian Studies." It is highly IT-oriented, linking to various tools including e-catalogs, e-journals, e-newspapers, CDs, and online resources. Recommended for browsing are the General Electronic Resources for East Asian Studies (ECJK) accessible at:

Chinese Search Tools (EC):

China-related Bibliographies in Japanese (J):

Daily News on China, Hong Kong & Taiwan (EC):

China-related Weblog (C):

Reference Tools (E):

Web Resources for East Asian Studies (E):

UM Subscription to Fee-Based Databases (CJ):

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Columbia University


Having a holding of 341,601 volumes, the Chinese collection of Columbia's C. V. Starr East Asian Library is particularly strong in history, literature and social sciences. The Chinese rare books are accessible via the Kress Special Collections Reading Room and are strong in local gazetteers and genealogies; collections of ancient Chinese oracle bones; and Chinese paper gods from the early 20th century. Also, there are materials in Tibetan, Mongol and Manchu languages.


Columbia's online catalog is CLIO (Columbia Libraries Information Online). It provides Basic Search and Guided Keyword Search. CLIO, together with search tips are accessible by clicking the CLIO Homepage: > Connect via WWW > CLIO

Online Resources

The East Asian Studies Homepage (E) has the following components: The Collection; Web Resources; Bibliographic Resources; Institutions and Organizations; Libraries; and Conferences and Events. Recommended for browsing are East Asian Studies: Electronic Reference Resources (E):

[East Asian Studies:] Institutions and Organizations (E):

The Chinese Studies Homepage (E) has the following components: General Information Sources; News; Libraries; E-resources; Chinese Culture; and Politics and Sociology. Recommended for browsing are Internet Resources on Chinese Regions (EC):

Chinese Culture (EC):

The Tibetan Studies Homepage (E) is an important resource in the field. It has the following components: Collections; Who's Who; How and Where; E-resources; Recommendations; Ask a Question; and Local Resources. Recommended for browsing are How and Where--Tibetan (E):

Tibetan Resources on the Web (E):

New York Area Resources on Tibet (E):

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Cornell University


Numbering 335,885 volumes, the Chinese holdings of Cornell's Asia Collections are strong in studies of Modern China, in addition to popular literature and drama. Also, there is an entire microfilm set of all the Dunhuang manuscripts preserved in Beijing, London and Paris. The Charles W. Wason Collection, on the other hand, focuses on Western materials on China.


Library Gateway, Cornell's online catalog, provides Basic Search and Guided Keyword Search. It is accessible together with search tips at:

Online Resources

Electronic resources of Asia Collections are highly selective and grouped under five topics: General, Modern Affairs, Asian Economics, Law, and Art.

The homepage of the Charles W. Wason Collection on East Asia is under construction. In the placeholder period, the homepage contains several interesting sites such as Tianjin Imperial Palace Maps (EC):

Bibliography of Photo Albums and Materials related to Photography in China and Tibet before 1949 (E):

Classified Bibliography of Reference Works on Chinese Historical Geography (E):

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University of British Columbia


Comprising 248,270 volumes, the Chinese collection of UBC's Asian Library "is strong in the humanities and social sciences. Special materials include the valuable Puban collection, Swann collection, Song Xuepeng collection, Jing Yi Zhai collection, research materials on Chinese Canadian settlement in British Columbia and Pearl River Delta Area. To support an evolving research interest in Chinese settlement in B.C., the Asian Library began to build a collection of photographs on Chinese illegal immigrants since 1999, and a database of historical Chinese language materials in British Columbia sice 2001." The site of the Asian Library follows:

A recent addition to UBC's Main Library is the Chung Collection, donated by Wallace Chung. It includes more than 25,000 rare and unique documents, books, maps, posters, paintings, photographs, silver, glass, ceramic ware and other artifacts. The collection has special relevancy to the Chinese experience in North America and particularly in British Columbia.


For CJK materials cataloged before 1992, use the author/title or subject card catalog. For books cataloged from 1992 onwards, check the UBC Library online catalog at:

The online UBC Library Catalogue provides search by Title, Author and Subject Heading; Journal/Ejournal Title Search; Keyword Search; and Number Search. The InfoGate is the Telnet version of the library catalog.

The complete Chung Collection is archived in the Special Collections Division in the Main Library and is searchable from the online Chung Collection Inventory:

Online Resources

UBC has very comprehensive subject guides listings where online resources relevant to Chinese Studies can be located:

Arts (Humanities and Social Sciences) > Asian Studies (Asian languages)

Arts (Humanities and Social Sciences) > Asian Studies (non-Asian languages)

The former can also be accessed via the Asian Library homepage:

Subject Resources for Asian Studies (Non-Asian Languages)

Besides this site, the Asian Library Homepage also provides links to several useful sites, such as Online Information Resources for Asian Library (E): > Indexes & Databases in Asian Languages

Historical Chinese Language Materials in British Columbia (EC):

Historical Chinese Language Materials in British Columbia, Canada OR

The Faces of Irregular Migrants Photograph Collection (E): > Photo Exhibition on Irregular Chinese Migrants

The last two are ongoing projects of the Asian Library.

The Subject Resources for Chinese Studies site (E) is very useful. It comprises of seven sections: Article Indexes; Resources by Subjects; Services; Associations/Societies; Resources by Formats; For Chinese Librarians; and Book of the Month.

Of these sections, Resources by Subjects (EC) is particularly significant. It contains 14 subject categories: Archaeology; Arts & Culture; Chinese Canadians; Economics & Business; Education; Geography; Government; History; Language; Law; Literature; Music; Philosophy & Religion; and Science & Technology. Each subject category is further divided. Consider the example of Subject Resources for Chinese Studies--Arts & Culture (EC). It has five components: Article Indexes; Databases; Digital Galleries & Museums; Web and Internet Sites; and E-Journals, each with a different number of well chosen links:

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University of California, Los Angeles


The Chinese collection of Richard C. Rudolph East Asian Library has a holding of 244,214 volumes. It is strong in archaeology, religion (especially Buddhism), folklore, pre-modern history, classical literature, and fine arts. Its homepage can be accessed at:


The Library provides searches by ORION2 Catalog and CDL/Melvyl. They can be accessed at:

UCLA Catalog

Other Catalogs > UC Libraries Catalog

Online Resources

Two online catalogs are of special interest: A Checklist of Chinese Yearbooks at UCLA (C), compiled by Richard C. Siao, and A Catalog of Post-1949 Chinese Local Histories at UCLA (C), compiled by Amy Ching-Fen Tsiang in collaboration with Hong Cheng. They can be accessed respectively at:

The Chinese Electronic Resources in the Library (C) site includes electronic databases subscribed or owned by the East Asian Library. The selectively annotated entries are grouped under five categories: Online Databases; CD-ROMs; Full-Text Databases; Statistics/Yearbooks (selected); and Miscellaneous. There are two unusual entries of folk artists by Taiwan's Ministry of Education. The site can be accessed at:

The English Electronic Resources in the UCLA Libraries (E) site lists selected UCLA-subscribed English electronic resources that are likely to contain or index articles on East Asia in the areas of social sciences and humanities. The selectively annotated entries are grouped by subject under 19 categories.

The East Asian Studies Internet Resources (ECJK) site lists selectively annotated entries grouped under eight categories: Comprehensive; Art; Business/Economy; Library Resources; News; Philosophy/Religions; Politics/Law; and Professional Associations/Academic Programs.

The Chinese Studies Internet Resources (EC) site lists resources by regions under China, Hong Kong/Macau, and Taiwan, appended with a section on Chinese Search Engines/Web Directories. Some China links also cover Taiwan and Hong Kong. The China links are further divided into 12 subgroups according to a mixed pattern of forms and subjects. The site can be accessed at:

The interlibrary linkage site Other Major East Asian Libraries World-Wide (ECJK) provides dozens of links to libraries in North America, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Australia, and Europe. It is well organized and is widely borrowed by other East Asian library homepages. The site can be accessed at:

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University of Washington


The Chinese collection of UW's East Asia Library, numbering 243,886 volumes, covers all areas of the humanities and social sciences. The most distinguished old imprints are the Ming editions; local gazetteers on the southwest region; and Muyushu. Areas of strength include: materials on the Pearl River Delta, works on the Taiping Rebellion, works by and on Kang Youwei and Liang Qichao, materials on Chinese dialects and ethnic minorities, population census, yearbooks, and statistical data. Also, there are materials in Tibetan. It collaborates with the Gallagher Law Library in collecting Chinese law materials. In addition, some branch libraries such as Art, Engineering, and Forestry libraries have Chinese vernacular titles in their collections.


Since a small portion of the East Asia Library's total holdings is still in the card catalog, the library suggests that users make it a habit to search the online catalog first and then consult the card catalog for items not found. For materials in the Tibetan language, consult the Tibetan card catalog only.

The online catalog, known as UW Libraries Catalog, provides searches to author, title, keywords, numbers, and subjects. It is accessible at:

Help topics are at:

Online Resources

Online Resources on China are collectively grouped in the Chinese Studies Page (EC) in two parts. Part 1 (Chinese Collection) lists UW holdings by forms of materials. Part 2 (Chinese Library Resources on the Web) provide links to full texts, e-journals, e-newspapers, etc.

Notable in Part 1 are the online catalogs of Chinese yearbooks, special collections, bibliographies related to the collection, and database collection.

  • Yearbooks
  • Special collection
  • Bibliographies related to the collection
  • Database collection

In Part 2, there are very useful links to: Chinese Full Text Resources; Chinese Electronic Journals; Electronic Newspapers; and Frequently Used UW Libraries Online Databases.

  • Chinese full text resources
  • Electronic journals
  • Online Chinese newspapers
  • Others

Also useful are the sites Other Chinese Studies Home Pages (EC):

and East Asia Library East Asian Studies Page (E):

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Stanford University


Stanford's Chinese collection contains approximately 243,576 volumes, plus a large number of microfilms. "Roughly 40 % of the collection deals with politics, law, economics, public finance, sociology, statistics, education, and defense. Other emphases include historical and geographical works (25%), language and literature (17%), and science and technology, including both industry and agriculture (10%). An unusually comprehensive set of some 13,000 serials includes many pre-1949 governments, statistical reports on commerce, and other periodicals."

The collection is known for its rich resources on the history of the Chinese Communist Party and student activism during the Republican Period. "Other collection strengths include organized labor, rural markets, railroads, urban banks, and the leasing and renting of land in villages."

"The Hoover Institution Archives contain well over 250 collections of papers, photographs, posters, diaries, motion pictures, sound recordings, and artifacts relevant to China."


East Asian Library materials cataloged since 1984 are listed in Stanford's public-access catalog, Socrates. Materials acquired earlier may be listed only in the card catalog. Socrates provides three search types: Keyword, Browse, and Exact. It also allows users to search Everything, Author, Title, Subject, Series, and Periodical Title. Socrates can be accessed, together with search tips, at:

Online Resources

Stanford's substantial collection is selectively represented in printed bibliographies and catalogs. A list of other finding aids for the Chinese collection is available online via:

The rich archives collection is reflected in Hoover Archives Holdings on China (E) site which gives 27 entries:

Stanford's Electronic Resources for China Studies (EC) is grouped under 37 headings of subjects (e.g. Architecture, Politics and Government) and forms (e.g. Bibliography and Catalogs, Theses) arranged in alphabetical order.

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University of Pittsburgh


The Chinese collection of University of Pittsburgh's East Asian Library has a holding of 201,503 volumes. The East Asian Library homepage can be accessed at:


The online catalog of the University of Pittsburgh, known as PITTCat, provides searches by author, title, journal title, subject, and call number. The PITTCat, together with searching guide, can be accessed at:

Online Resources

Pittsburgh is home of the Gateway Service Center of Chinese Academic Journal Publications (C) which can be accessed via the East Asian Library homepage or directly at:

Pittsburgh has a unique site for K-12 teachers of Chinese language and culture, Internet Resources for the Teaching of East Asian Cultures (E) which can be accessed via the East Asian Library homepage or at the following site:

The East Asian Subject Guide (ECJ) is the repository of online resources. It provides access to selected Internet sites, related organizations, online catalogs in Asia, online catalogs in North America, other East Asian Libraries in North America, etc. It also contains online catalogs of CD-ROM databases, selected print resources, etc.

The Guide for Search in Pinyin in PITCAT appended to this homepage is useful for Chinese Studies scholars. However, access to CJK library catalogs is available onsite only.

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University of Toronto


Based on the Mu Collection of 40,000, the Chinese collection of the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library has grown to 178,889 volumes. Areas of strength includes: philosophy, Buddhism, modern history, local histories, politics and government, explanation of law, education, art, language and literature, calligraphy, bibliography, and publishing. Visit the following site for more details:


The University of Toronto library catalog, known as UTCat, is accessible at:

Online Resources

The Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library Homepage enters the links containing online resources for Chinese Studies under three headings: Library Resources, Library Services, and Internet Resources.

Under the Library Resources heading, note the following two sites: CD-ROMs in East Asian Library (EC) and Chinese Resources (EC):

CD-ROMs in East Asian Library

Chinese Resources

Links in the Chinese Resources group are further divided into three sub-groups: Catalogues and Directories, eBooks, and eJournals.

Under the Library Services heading, the links are divided into six groups: Finding Aids; Suggestion Box; Chinese Language Resources; Search Engines; Dictionaries and Encyclopedias; and Time and Currency Converter:

  • Chinese Search Engines
  • Chinese Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
  • Solar/Lunar Chinese Calendar

Under the Internet Resources heading, the Chinese links are grouped into General Links (six subgroups) and Subject Links (ten subgroups).

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


The Chinese collection of UI's Asian Library registers at 150,158 volumes. "The primary focus of the collection is on humanities and social sciences and is strong in the areas of linguistics, literature, history, philosophy and religion, cultures, and societies." Also, there are some special collections, like the Shih-liang Chien Memorial Collection, the Illinois-Tamkang University Collection, etc.


Books, journals and other materials can be found via the UIUC Online Library Catalog.

Online Resources

A distinct feature of online resources in UI's Asian Library is the Current Chinese Vernacular Journal Collection (C) containing title images of selected Chinese language journals and Chinese history journals. Users can click on the title image to see the tables of contents that are updated periodically. Retrieval of tables of contents of another group of journals in Chinese history, Chinese literature, Chinese economy and Chinese archaeology is provided through the Chinese Journals with Links to Other Universities (C). Visit these and other links via: > Chinese Collection

Asian Resources on the Web (EC, etc) is a simple, convenient site containing four components: Libraries; Educational Institutes; Online Newspapers; and Asian Databases. > Asian Links

Online UIUC resources are reflected in three sites: Asian Full Text Electronic Journals (E); List of CJK Multi-volume Sets in Asian Special Collection Stacks (CJK); Asia-related Video Collection in the UIUC Media Center (ECJK). They are accessible respectively at:

  • Electronic Journals
  • CJK Multi-volume Sets in Asian Special Collection Stack
  • Asia-related Videotapes in the Media Center

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University of Arizona


The East Asian Collection of the University of Arizona has a holding of 147,219 volumes in Chinese. The areas of strength include: literature, language and linguistics, language pedagogy, Buddhism, history, sociology, economics, political science, and calligraphy.


The Online University of Arizona Library Catalog can be accessed via its SABIO Information Gateway: > Search the UA Library Catalog

Online Resources

UA's Chinese Studies Collection and Japanese Studies Collection maintain separate homepages.

The SABIO Information Gateway provides a series of useful links to subject research guides created by UA librarians. There are five online resources on Chinese Studies accessible via the Chinese Studies Collection Homepage:

  • Chinese Studies Subject Guides
  • Internet Links on China
  • News and Periodicals
  • Online Research Tutorials
  • Videos about China

Chinese Studies Subject Guide (EC) introduces users to both printed and electronic resources divided into seven categories: Background Information; Finding Articles; Facts and Figures; People & Organizations; Web Resources; Further Research; and Course Home Pages & Course Reserves. Entries in these categories are highly selective. Notable among the entries is a web resource The Promise of Gold Mountain: Tucson's Chinese Heritage. This subject guide can also be accessed via the library sitemap: > Subject Guides > Chinese Studies

Links in Internet Links on China (EC) are grouped under two categories: Internet Resources; and Online News, Journals and Periodicals.

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University of Hawaii


With a holding of 135,433 volumes, the Chinese collection in University of Hawaii's Asia Collection is particularly strong in history, literature, language, philosophy, and fine arts.


The electronic catalog of UH, the Hawaii Voyager, provides Basic Search and Guided Search. It can be accessed, together with the search information, at:

Online Resources

China Collection: Online Resources (EC) divides its highly selective entries into 15 categories: General and Multi-Subject Sites; Bibliographies; Business and Economics; Culture; Dictionaries; Education; Ethnology; Film; Indexes; Journals and Magazines; Language and Linguistics; News/Media; Politics; Taiwan; and Tibet. There are some unusual links in this site. The site can be accessed via the Asia Collection homepage: > China > Online resources / Resources by subject

or the university library's general Electronic Resources homepage: > China

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Ohio State University


Having a holding of 127,988 volumes, the Chinese Collection, which forms a part of the Ohio State University Libraries' East Asian Collection, "collects selectively but systematically in the general humanities; some areas in social sciences including political science, sociology, anthropology and education. It is strong in Chinese literature and linguistics (all aspects), and Chinese history (especially local gazetteers)."


OSCAR, Ohio State University Library Catalog, provides the normal library materials search by author, title, keyword, subject, call numbers, etc. Besides serving the needs of faculty and students, the collection is open to the public, and provides interlibrary loan service to all libraries through OhioLink, CIC and OCLC. OSCAR, together with search tips, can be accessed at:

Online Resources

There is a brief but useful web page for beginners: How to Read Asian Languages (Chinese/Japanese/Korean) online? (E):

How to Read Asian Languages (Chinese/Japanese/Korean) online?

The following periodical list is useful for onsite readers:

List of Current Periodicals in EAS Reading Room

The Chinese Collection: Online Resources (EC) site contains links grouped under the following headings: Institute & Programs; Libraries; Databases; Book Publishers & Vendors. The site can be accessed via the Chinese Collection homepage: > Online Resources

The Chinese Collection: Other Links (EC) site contains links grouped under the following headings: Government & Organizations; Travel & Business; Online Chinese Reading; and Arts & Culture. There are some unusual links. The site can be accessed via the Chinese Collection homepage: > Other Links

The Chinese Collection: Quick References (EC) site provides links to Wade-Giles/Pinyin conversion, Chinese time and date, currency, calendar and phone codes: > Quick References

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Indiana University


With a holding of 119,306 volumes, the Chinese Collection of IU's East Asian Collection "is strong in language and literature, history (especially Ming and Qing dynastic histories), classics and collectanea, religion, philosophy, archaeology, fine arts, communism as well as politics and government." Also, Chinese materials are collected by the Fine Arts Library, the Archives of Traditional Music, and the Kinsey Institute Library. The Charles Boxer Collection, held in the Lily Library, contains some Chinese wood-block books printed by the Jesuits in China during the 17th and 18th centuries.


The Chinese collection is searchable through the IU online catalog IUCAT that contains East Asian bibliographic records in romanizations, and through the East Asian Card Catalog which contains bibliographic records in CJK languages. While IUCAT "may be used by anyone," IU Libraries are open to residents of Indiana only. IUCAT can be accessed at: > IUCAT Library Catalog

Online Resources

The East Asian Collection homepage provides clusters of links grouped under the following categories: Electronic Databases (EC), Selected Electronic Journals related to East Asia (EC), List of East Asian Serials (CJK), Table of Contents of Selected Journals (CJK), List of East Asian movies (CJK), Subject Bibliographies (CJ), Related Internet Resources (ECJK), Pinyin: New Chinese Romanization System (EC), etc. The homepage is accessible at:

Notable are the three subject bibliographies related to China: A Bibliography of Modern Chinese Autobiographies (C), Bibliography on Chinese Cultural Revolution (EC), Inscriptions and Oracle Bones (C).

The East Asian Collection also provides a selected cluster of very useful online resources related to China which is accessible at: > Internet Resources > Chinese Studies

The list of Chinese movies is also an outstanding feature:

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University of Kansas


The Chinese collection of KU's East Asian Library has a holding of 116,087 volumes, providing "primary source local gazetteers from the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties… Individual authors from the Ming and Qing periods, and authoritative collectanea are procured as primary sources… The collection is also strong in art…classical literature…and collections of the important 20th-century authors…in philosophy and religion." There is also a Schindler Collection containing "several hundred Chinese rare books of literature, history and bronze inscriptions from the 17th century to late 18th century in original woodblock print format."


The online University of Kansas Library Catalog provides Simple Search and Advanced Search. It can be accessed at: > Library Catalog

Online Resources

The East Asian Library homepage is among the most well-crafted. It has four parts: KU Library Resources, Special Outreach Projects, Internet Resources, and Academic Departments. It can accessed at:

Under the KU Library Resources heading, the following sites warrants special mention. Information Literacy for East Asian Studies (E) contain materials for a methodology course (links provided) instructing students how to define topics, locate library resources, find internet resources, evaluate findings, and compile citations. East Asian Studies Electronic Resources (E) is an annotated bibliography (links provided) of important databases in the humanities and social sciences such as JSTOR and WorldCat. K-12 East Asian Resources (E) is a systematically arranged annotated bibliography (links provided) of dozens of relevant databases.

There are two sites under the Special Outreach Projects, both of which have distinct regional features. Explore E. Asia from Mid-America (E) provides links to chiefly governmental resources in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Mid-America Chinese Resource Guide (E) is an Internet project of the Midwest Chinese American Librarians Association creating "an online reference resource to include all China related information from the Midwest area" including Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio, and Wisconsin, in addition to the six states mentioned above.

Sites under the Internet Resource heading are also very useful. Other East Asian Libraries, Online Catalog & Programs (E) provides links, in a concise tabular form, to major collections in the U.S. and overseas. Internet Resources on Asia (General) (E) and Internet Resources on China and Taiwan (E) together provide dozens of links to search engines, topical sites and institutional sites with brief annotations for selected entries. East Asian Studies BI Clearinghouse (E) is the only site on bibliographic instruction for library users, although it is still in its primordial state. East Asian Studies Bibliographies (E) is an online bibliography of bibliographies (including some guides and papers on bibliography) with emphasis on Asian American Studies. There is even an East Asian Career Resources (E) site for the benefits of graduating students.

Click on "China Studies" and you will find a streamlined site abstracted from the East Asian Library homepage. All entries are already in the homepage except the following: US Franchises in East Asia (E) and East Asia Franchises in the US (E). Business-oriented users should find these two clusters of links very useful.

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University of Wisconsin


With a holding of 112,657 volumes, the Chinese collection of UW's East Asian Collection is strong in history, literature, linguistics, politics, economics, philosophy, and religions. Special materials include Buddhism, local gazetteers, historical maps, a Holmes Welch Collection on Chinese religions and Buddhism, and 53 titles of rare books. There is also a collection of 549 items of Tibetan and Mongolian block-prints. Information on the Chinese collection is contained in the East Asian Collection homepage which is accessible as a subject guide of the UW Libraries: > Area and International Studies

Guide to the East Asian Collection at the University of Wisconsin--Madison

The homepage can also be directly accessed at:


East Asian materials in UW are accessible via the MadCat (Madison catalog). Access MadCat via: > MadCat--Library Catalog

Online Resources

UW is home of DAL (Digital Asia Library), collaborating with Ohio State University and University of Minnesota. In July 2003 the Digital Asia Library site became the Portal to Asian Internet Resources (PAIR) that is the result of joint efforts between area studies scholars, bibliographers and subject selectors. As of October 2003, the site contains 543 entries on China, 178 on Hong Kong, 24 on Macau and an uncertain number of entries on Taiwan. PAIR aims at offering "more than 6,000 professionally selected, cataloged and annotated online resources [for all of Asia]… With a primary mission of providing direct access to online Asian information in native languages and scripts, the Project team also hopes to broaden access by offering users a suite of instructional resources on the use of Asian character sets and search engines." Other emphases include popular culture and religions, and language learning resources at different proficiency levels. PAIR can be accessed at: or

Eventually, PAIR "will build upon the DAL product through value added services including a browse interface offering hierarchically-arranged subject terms using a classification system, subject bibliographies on general and particular topics, instructional support through an online tutorial and workshops for faculty, students, and librarians, online reference service, and archiving of Web sites for preservation."

The East Asian Collection homepage provides links to some interesting sites such as the [Chinese Collection] Collection Guide, which is a synopsis of LC classification numbers relating to subjects on China:

a complete catalog of Chinese Rare Books:

and Chinese sites links categorized into General; News & Media; Databases; Dictionary & Encyclopedias; Visual Resources; Resources--Other; Chinese Search Engines; and Chinese Software. The last category, Chinese software, is a very useful feature.

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University of North Carolina


With a holding of 109,170 volumes, UNC's Chinese collection has the largest volume of materials in language and literature, followed by history, military history, communist foreign affairs, and traditional medicine.


The online UNC Chapel Hill Catalog provides Basic Catalog Search and Advanced Keyword Search. The catalog is accessible at: > UNC-Chapel Hill Catalog

Online Resources

The Library Resources site of the East Asian Resources homepage leads users to the online catalog, OCLC First Search, campus academic sites, and other TRLN libraries. The Library Resources site can be accessed at:

The Internet Resource site of the East Asian Resource homepage provides five clusters of links, three of which are China-related: East Asian Studies; Chinese Websites; and Online Research Tools. [Online Resources on] East Asian Studies has dozens of links to academic programs and research institutes outside of East Asia, and U.S. East Asian libraries and collections. Entries in Chinese Websites and Online Research Tools are highly selective; the latter contains mainly dissertation finding aids. The Internet Resources site can be accessed at:

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