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American Sinologist Charles S. Gardner and the Chinese Collection at Brown with Dr. Li Wang

Curator Li Wang Interviewed by China Library Weekly

Ta Kung Pao (Da Gong Bao) 大公報

Scripta Sinica  漢籍全文資料庫

Chinese Periodical Full-Text Database (1911-1949)   民国时期期刊全文数据库(1911~1949) 

A Navigation to Internet Resources on China Studies  中国研究网络资源导航


Individual Databases for Chinese Studies

Academic Search Premier  full text icon  
Current; multidisciplinary full text database, designed for the academic community. Includes full text coverage for just under 4,700 journals, including 3,600 peer-reviewed journals.

Arts and Humanities Citation Index  
1975-present; source for information in all arts and humanities disciplines. Useful for retrieving recent articles that cite a known earlier article.

Asian Film Online   full text icon      music icon   video icon
Asian Film Online is an online streaming video collection of nearly 600 narrative feature films, documentaries, and shorts. With Asian voices addressing Asian issues, and through works selected by Asian film experts, the collection offers highly relevant perspectives and insights. Its themes - such as modernity, globalization, national identity, female agency, inequalities in opportunity amid social and political unrest, and cultural and sexual identity - are central to any meaningful discussion of Asian culture.

ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials  full text icon  
1949-present; the ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials is the premier index to journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion. Links are provided to 100,000 full text articles in ATLASerials, from more than fifty journals selected by religion scholars in the United States. Full text resources from the Religion and Philosophy Collection are also linked within this database.

1971-present; this online version of the Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS) contains more than 610,000 records of materials in all subjects (especially humanities and social sciences) pertaining to East, Southeast, and South Asia.

Brown Theses and Dissertations  
The Brown University Theses and Dissertations database includes over 15,000 records for dissertations written and submitted in fulfillment of Brown University degree requirements from 1893 to 2000. Included are undergraduate honors theses, master's theses, and doctoral dissertations. Records include the author's name, thesis title, degree awarded, year, granting department, and when available, thesis advisor. [This resource is publicly available.]

CHANT (Chinese Ancient Texts) 漢達文庫 Some Full Text Licensed for Brown
Dates of coverage vary; CHANT is a collection of databases of traditional and excavated ancient Chinese texts, produced by the Research Centre for Chinese Ancient Texts at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. It provides searchable full text and some image files for a wide range of early Chinese materials. More information on CHANT is available on the website in both Chinese and English.

China Academic Journals (CAJ)  中国期刊全文数据库 full text icon   1994-present; CAJ is one of several major databases of China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI). It includes full text, full image articles (many in English) for subject areas in the humanities and social sciences such as literature, history, philosophy, economics, politics, law, and education.More information on CAJ

China Data Online 中国数据在线 full text icon  
1952-present; collection of statistical materials including: Monthly Statistics, National Statistics, Provincial Statistics, Monthly Industrial Data, Yearly Industrial Data, Statistics with Map & Charts, and Statistical Yearbooks.

China: Culture and Society   full text icon
c.1750-1929; the core of China: Culture and Society is the pamphlets held in the Charles W. Wason Collection on East Asia housed in the Carl A. Kroch Library of Cornell University. Mostly in English, and amounting to around 1,200 items in 220 bound volumes, these rare pamphlets form part of one of the deepest and most extensive collections of literature on China and the Chinese in the Western world. The pamphlets have all been digitised in colour and are full text searchable. Many are illustrated and feature lavish cover art.

ChinaMaxx Digital Libraries  超星中文集献 full text icon
Full text Chinese ebooks provided by Super Star. Brown Library currently has a collection of over 1,100 selected ChinaMaxx ebooks in a wide range of subjects of areas. New selections may be added in the future. Guide to ChinaMaxx

China: Trade, Politics and Culture 1793-1980   full text icon
1793-1980; China: Trade, Politics and Culture 1793-1980 is based on substantial collections of unique manuscript materials held at the library of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and the British Library in London, supplemented by additional sources from Cambridge University Library, the Church Missionary Society Archive, the Council for World Missions Library, Duke University, the National Archives at Kew, the Alexander Turnbull Library at the National Library of New Zealand and Yale Divinity Library. In addition includes a range of rare printed materials including missionary periodicals, atlases and books which help to contextualize the other sources.

Chinese Periodical Full-Text Database (1911-1949)   民国时期期刊全文数据库(1911~1949) full text icon   
The Chinese Periodical Full-text Database (1911-1949), created by the Shanghai Library, is the largest full text database of periodicals published during the Republican Period. It includes more than 20,000 titles, such as Cosmic Wind, The Young Companion, and Shun Pao Monthly. It allows full text searching and downloading of scanned PDF files from the print periodicals.

Dissertations of China 中国学位论文全文数据库  full text icon  
1986-present; this database holds fulltext or abstracts and other descriptive information of Masters, Doctoral, and Post-doctoral dissertations from key Chinese research institutions. Covers all disciplines.

Duxiu Knowledge Search Database  读秀中文学术搜索  full text icon
1980-present; comprehensive, interdisciplinary Chinese knowledge system containing 2.15 million full text Chinese e-books, 3.1 million bibliographical records, journal articles, multi-media products, reports, archives, etc., altogether with 900+ million pages of resources all searchable and downloadable (with restriction for the copyright protection). Updates daily.

ebrary  full text icon  
ebrary Academic Complete subscription collection offers access for over 80,000 titles from leading academic and professional publishers. Concentrations include business and economics, computers and technology, humanities, life and physical sciences, and social and behavioral sciences.
For help in getting started, see ebrary Video Tutorial.

Google Book Search  full text icon
Includes digitized collections from participating libraries. The "About the book" section provides useful bibliographic and other information. When a book is out of copyright, it can be viewed or downloaded it in its entirety; other books are viewable in preview or small snippets only. [This resource is publicly available.]

Google Scholar
Google Scholar uses the Google search engine to search specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports. Google Scholar results now include links to Brown University Library resources. These links will appear automatically if you search from an on-campus computer or use the link above; otherwise, off-campus you must go to "Scholar Preferences" and search for "Brown". For further information see Google Scholar FAQ.

Gujin Tushu Jicheng  古今圖書集成 full text icon  
The Complete Classics Collection of Ancient China (Gujin Tushu Jicheng) consists of 64 books. It was kept in the royal court and not available to common scholars and common people. In 1934, the China Bookstore published its photostatic edition. The Collection includes all the most important classics of ancient China through the Qing Dynasty. Subjects found in the database include: astronomy, geography, history, philosophy, literature, politics, economy, art, education, agriculture, medicine and others. It is the most comprehensive, most important classified books collection of China and the biggest compendium of its type in the world.

1986-1993; at 13 volumes (including index volume), the Hanyu Da Cidian is by far the most comprehensive dictionary available for the Chinese language, including over 370,000 entries, with full definitions and historical citations for each entry. Compilation of the dictionary was undertaken from 1979-1993 by a staff of over 300 scholars and lexicographers. This online version (12 volumes) has its own Chinese search functions, so users can enter search terms directly.

Historical Abstracts  
1954-present; article abstracts and citations of books and dissertations on the history of the world from 1450 to the present. Excludes the U. S. and Canada.

Humanities International Index  
1975-present; Humanities International Index is a comprehensive database covering journals, books and other important reference sources in the humanities. Humanities International Index provides cover-to-cover indexing and abstracting for over 1,700 journals and contains more than 1.5 million records. Humanities International Index includes deep backfiles for some of the most important journals in the area of humanities. The database includes all data from the American Humanities Index plus bibliographic records from a multitude of international journals, books and reference works. This database provides citations and abstracts for articles, essays and reviews, as well as original creative works including poems, fiction, photographs, paintings and illustrations.

JSTOR  full text icon  
Provides image and full text online access to back issues of selected scholarly journals in history, economics, political science, demography, mathematics and other fields of the humanities and social sciences. Consult the online tables of contents for holdings, as coverage varies for each title.

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People's Daily (人民日报) full text icon
From 1946 to present.

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Full Text  full text icon  
1637-present; ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Full Text is the world's most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses. PQDT Full Text includes 2.4 million dissertation and theses citations from around the world from 1861 to the present day together with 1 million full text dissertations that are available for download in PDF format. The database offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997 and strong retrospective full text coverage for older graduate works. Each dissertation published since July 1980 includes a 350 word abstract written by the author. Master's theses published since 1988 include 150 word abstracts. Bibliographic citations are available for dissertations dating from 1637. Where available, PQDT Full Text provides 24-page previews of dissertations and theses. ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Full Text also offers researchers unlimited access to digital copies from their own institutions as well as affordable copies from others.

These historical newspapers offer full text and full image articles for newspapers dating back to the 19th century. Use the list below to search each newspaper. To search more than one newspaper at the same time, click on one of your titles, then use the link for "News and Newspapers" to open the selection box and check the box for any newspaper that you wish to search. View title list

Readers' Guide Retrospective  
1890-1982; contains comprehensive indexing of the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States and reflects the history of 20th century America. See Readers Guide Abstracts for 1982 to present.

Scripta Sinica  漢籍全文資料庫 full text icon   
The project for the Scripta Sinica database began in 1984. The aim of this project was to digitize all documents essential to research in traditional Sinology. In addition, a full text database was established for academic research. Scripta Sinica is the largest Chinese full text database to encompass such an enormous breadth of historical materials. The Scripta Sinica database contains almost all of the important Chinese classics, especially those related to Chinese history.

Shen Bao (申報) full text icon
From 1872 to 1949

Siku Quanshu 四庫全書 Licensed for Brown
Containing 3492 individual works and divided into four categories, the Siku Quanshu represents a massive heritage of Chinese thought and culture. Please note: Siku Quanshu only works with Internet Explorer and Windows XP. Off-campus access is through the VPN client only.

Social Sciences Citation Index  
1900-present; source for information in all major social sciences disciplines. Useful for retrieving recent articles which cite a known earlier article.

SocINDEX with Full Text  full text icon  
1895-present; SocINDEX with Full Text is a comprehensive sociology research database. This product contains informative abstracts for more than 620 "core" coverage journals dating back to 1895. In addition, SocINDEX with Full Text provides data mined from more than 500 "priority" coverage journals as well as over 1,390 "selective" coverage journals. Includes extensive indexing for books, monographs, conference papers, and other sources. Searchable cited references are also provided. SocINDEX with Full Text offers coverage from all subdisciplines of sociology, including abortion, anthropology, criminology, criminal justice, cultural sociology, demography, economic development, ethnic & racial studies, gender studies, marriage & family, politics, religion, rural sociology, social psychology, social structure, social work, sociological theory, sociology of education, substance abuse, urban studies, violence, welfare, and many others.

South China morning post   full text icon  

Published on Sunday as: South China Sunday post, Jan.-Oct. 1950; South China Sunday post-herald, Nov. 1950-July 2, 1972; Sunday post-herald, July 9, 1972-Dec. 1, 1974; South China morning post, Dec. 8, 1974-June 2, 1985; South China Sunday morning post, June 9, 1985-

Ta Kung Pao (Da Gong Bao) 大公報 full text icon  
1902-1949; Ta Kung Pao Full Text Database is based on Ta Kung Pao (Da Gong Bao) 大公報, a highly influential newspaper in modern China. This newspaper was first published on June 17, 1902, in the French Concession in Tianjin. Throughout its history, this newspaper has editions in different cities, including Tianjin, Shanghai, Wuhan, Chongqing, Hong Kong and Guilin. In its prime, throughout its history, it was published in four different places in China at the same time, ranking the top in China with a circulation of 200,000 copies. In 1941, the newspaper obtained the honor of “best foreign newspaper of the year” awarded by Missouri School of Journalism of the U.S., which was the first and only time a Chinese newspaper was to ever win such an honor. Despite very little lost information due to some missing original copies, this database has included all pages and contents, including all pages of the Tianjin, Shanghai, Chongqing, Hankou, Hong Kong and Guilin editions, and even advertisement pages can be searched through the briefing function. Currently, the database includes at least 2 million pieces of news and 200,000 high-resolution images. This database boasts a wide range of functions, including full text searching, cross-newspaper searching, and advanced searching.

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Individual Databases for Chinese Studies

Requesting Articles

How to request articles not available online at Brown.

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Search Tips

The General Internet

  • Google Tips and Tricks: Google's guide to using their search engine effectively. Includes boolean searching, wild cards, and more.
  • Wikipedia Responsibly: Student Wikipedia Use Policy from the University of California Santa Barbara. Describes Wikipedia's strengths and weaknesses.  Discusses version history for citations.
  • Primary vs. Secondary Sources: A helpful guide from the University of California Santa Cruz, University Library.
  • Peer Review: An excellent overview of the process of peer review, its benefits, and its shortcomings.  Written by the Linux Information Project.

The Library Web

  • WorldCat Explained: About page for WorldCat, the premier federated library catalog.
  • Brown's NEW Library Search Tool: About page for the new unified search tool.  Learn how to query JOSIAH and subscription databases at the same time.
  • Google Scholar: Google Scholar uses the Google search engine to search specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports. Google Scholar results now include links to Brown University Library resources. These links will appear automatically if you search from an on-campus computer or use the link above; otherwise, off-campus you must go to "Scholar Preferences" and search for "Brown". For further information see Google Scholar FAQ.

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