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Since 2004, the Asian Division has acquired a number of Chinese e-resources. Most of these databases are continuing subscriptions and can only be accessed from the Asian Reading Room.

They are listed below.

Academic Conferences in China (ACIC): offers over 2.8 million records including about 2.3 million full-‎text papers of ‎national and international conferences held in China since 1986. It covers various subject ‎areas including humanities, ‎social sciences, military, law, science and technology, culture, sports, ‎medical health, etc. ‎

Airiti Library: developed in Taiwan, Airiti Library (華藝缐上圖書館) consists of Chinese Electronic ‎Periodical Services ‎‎(CEPS) which have more than 26 million articles from journals in Taiwan and ‎Mainland China. The database is particularly ‎useful for patrons who do research on Taiwan since it ‎includes most of the scholarly articles published in 900 journals in ‎Taiwan.

China Academic Journal (CAJ) and China Core Newspapers Database (CCND): both are China National ‎Knowledge ‎Infrastructure (CNKI) databases. CAJ has collected 10,078 China academic journals, and the ‎full-text paper amount has ‎reached to 52,990,213. CCND collects academic and informative documents ‎from core newspapers in China since 2000 ‎and updated continuously. It has collected 607 China ‎newspapers, and the full-text paper amount has reached to ‎‎12,979,750.‎

China Data Online: provides monthly and annual statistical information and monthly reports on economic development, etc.

China Dimensions Data Collection: offers access to a data collection on natural science and socioeconomic research and educational activities.

China Economy, Public Policy, and Security Database (Pishu皮书)‎: Pishu' (皮书, which literally means "cover-books") are high-value analytical reports intended to guide ‎policymaking in the People’s Republic of China. Pishu are published by the prestigious Social Sciences ‎Academic Press, a branch of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. These reports feature exclusive ‎research and analysis by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and authors from similar institutions, ‎and present objective analysis versus official government messaging on strategic issues. In China, ‎Pishu are consumed by think tanks and top policymakers. Covered topics include a variety of issues of ‎importance to China's government and research community, including international relations, ‎agricultural policy, and industry competitiveness. Pishu may be considered somewhat analogous to ‎United States Congressional Research Service reports and analysis reports published by the RAND ‎Corporation.‎

China Infobank: provides access to real time business news, China general news articles and magazines, information and statistics on government, reports and statistics of various industries and regions in China.  It is actually a collection of 14 databases.

China Multilingual Journals: includes online versions of Qiushi, Beijing Review, China Pictorial, People's China, People's China, and China Today, which cover politics, history, culture, science and technology, diplomacy, military, philosophy, society, etc. in contemporary China.

China Photo Mall: Affiliated to the Photo Center of Xinhua News Agency, China Photo Mall is the biggest and most authoritative news photo database in China. Operating since September 2002, it releases over 2,000 real time news photo, graphics and creative images daily, contributed by not only Xinhua photojournalists stationing in 170 countries, but also awarding-wining stringers in China and abroad. In addition, the database stored over 5 million treasured archival photos, the earliest dating back the late 19th century.

China Reference Works Online (CRWO): is an authoritative, comprehensive and continuously updated ‎encyclopedia ‎database comprised of over 7800 volumes in all, including dictionaries, bilingual ‎dictionaries, thesauruses, encyclopedias, ‎illustrated books, table spectrum, biography, quotations, and ‎handbooks. The content covers such subjects such as art, ‎literature, language, music, film, ‎photography, history, geography, philosophy, culture, archaeology, religion. Related ‎journal articles, ‎doctor and master dissertations, proceedings of conferences, newspapers, yearbooks, patents, and ‎so ‎on are also linked.‎

China Regional Forecasting Service: provides geo-political analysis and economic forecasts, along with historical data, for every one of China's 31 provinces and annual reports for each of China's 40 most important prefectures. Each report contains information on the political, economic and business environment for each region, providing a complete picture of economic growth, changes in demographics and income and expenditure levels. Also it includes quantitative assessments of 44 cities (including benchmarks against Beijing and Shanghai), allowing direct comparisons across cities on areas including the economy, market opportunities, labour, infrastructure and the environment. EIU provides five-year forecasts based on models to gauge the potential market size for products and services.

China Times: provides full text of the Chinese-language newspaper published in Taiwan.

China Yearbook Full-text Database: (Politics/Military Affairs/Law) covers authoritative data and other ‎information including ‎geography, history, politics, military, diplomacy, law, economy, science ‎technology, education, culture, sports, medical ‎health, social life, figures, statistical material, ‎documentary standard and regulations, etc. It has collected 2,828 titles and ‎‎22,756 volumes of ‎yearbooks.

China, America and the Pacific: explores the cultural and trading ‎relationships that emerged between America, China and the Pacific region between the 18th and early ‎‎20th centuries. Manuscripts, rare printed sources, visual images, objects and maps from international ‎libraries and archives document this fascinating history.‎

China: Culture and Society: is the rare collection of pamphlets in ‎the Charles W. Wason Collection on East Asia housed in the Carl A. Kroch Library of Cornell University. ‎Mostly in English and published between c. 1750 and 1929, 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 and constitute a rich resource for scholars ‎and teachers in numerous disciplines.

China: Trade, Politics and Culture, 1793-1980: provides a wide variety of original source material detailing China's interaction with the West from Macartney's first Embassy to China in 1793, through to the Nixon/Heath visits to China in 1972-74. Sources are from the School of Oriental and African Studies and the British Library, London.

Chinese Classic Ancient Books (中国基本古籍库): is a full-text database for ancient Chinese books. It includes over 10,000 pre-modern titles (170,000 volumes) published before the Republican period (1911-1949) in China covering various subjects such as Chinese classics, history, literature, local gazetteers, Qing Dynasty archives, encyclopedias, dictionaries, reference books, etc. In addition to full-text search, the database features image display of the original text, which allows scholars to study different editions of Chinese books.

Dacheng Pre-1949 Periodical Full-Text Database (大成老旧刊全文数据): is a full-text periodical database covering close to 7,000 journals (140,000 issues) published in China from 1830 to 1949. Users can search 3 million (full-text) down-loadable articles by title, author, journal title, etc. New titles will be added to the database on a regular basis. Documenting the major events at that time, the database is a unique and valuable source for the studies of Chinese politics, history, culture, society, philosophy, literature and arts during the period of Late Qing Dynasty and Republican China (1830-1949).

Database for the History of Contemporary Chinese Political Movements, 1949-: includes primary source materials relating to the Chinese Anti-Rightist Campaign (1957–) and the Chinese Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) such as government documents, directives, bulletins, speeches by Mao Zedong and other officials, major newspaper and magazine editorials, and other types of documents.

Dictionary Today: allows users to utilize keyword searches for dictionary definitions, thesaurus options and other resources in Chinese and English.

DuXiu (‎‎读秀): is a comprehensive bibliographical index database covering over 3 million Chinese bibliographic entries and ‎‎2 million full text scholarly resources from the early the 1930s to the present in all subjects and formats including books, ‎articles from periodicals, graduate theses and dissertations, and conference proceedings, etc. Due to copyright ‎restrictions, readers have different levels of content access, which is defined as document delivery rather than document ‎downloading. For instance, users can preview first 20 pages and make online requests for a limited amount of contents ‎from an item (usually 20% or 50 pages at a time in one week). ‎

Foreign Office Files for China, 1919-1980 Published in six sections covering the periods 1919-1980; this project addresses a crucial period in Chinese history. It makes available the complete British Foreign Office files dealing with China, Hong Kong and Taiwan from 1919-1980. These files are particularly important because Britain was one of the first countries to recognize Communist China. The quality and depth of the Foreign Office’s reporting on politics, industry, trade and cultural affairs is formidable. The database includes eye-witness accounts and detailed reports on life in the People’s Republic of China since 1949; in depth analysis of the Communist Revolution and all the major figures; materials on the Korean War, the Cold War, U.S. relations, the Cultural Revolution, and the post-Mao China.

Late Qing Periodical Full-text Database  晚清期刊全文数据库 (1833-1911): Developed by Shanghai Library, the second largest library in China, Late Qing Periodical Full-text Database is a database covering 304 journals published during the late Qing Dynasty from 1833 to1910. With more than 280,000 entries full-text downloadable, users can search by title, author, journal title, full-text, keyword, date, author’s institution, etc. Documenting the major events at that time, including the events shortly before the 1911 Chinese Revolution, the database is a good source for the studies of contemporary Chinese history, politics, literature, arts, culture, social sciences, etc. The database provides a convenient tool for researchers and librarians alike.

National Central Library Rare Books & Special Collections Database 國家圖書館古籍與特藏文獻資源: contains digital images of more than 5,000 selected rare books from National Central Library (Taiwan), Library of Congress, the C. V. Starr East Asian Library, UC Berkeley, and University of Washington Libraries.

National Index to Chinese Newspapers and Periodicals: covers information from 1833 to 1949, and over 16,000 titles of newspapers and periodicals published in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. For full-text articles, please check with one of the Chinese Studies Librarians.

National Social Science Database 国家哲学社会科学学术期刊数据库: Developed by Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the premier and the most comprehensive academic research organization in the fields of social sciences in China, this database provides free access to more than 30,000 social sciences related scholarly articles of over 400 top-notch academic journals published in China.

People's Daily 人民日报 (1946 - Present)‎: People's Daily, the official voice of the central government of the Peoples Republic of China for over ‎‎70 ‎years, is the most influential and authoritative newspaper in China. The paper was established in ‎‎1946. Published daily ‎in ‎Chinese, the newspaper is where the central government and the Communist Party ‎of ‎China announce their respective policies and disseminate governmental, political, and ‎economic ‎messages to the public and the world.‎

People’s Liberation Army Daily: Provides the full text in Chinese for People’s Liberation Army (PLA), the official newspaper of the military of the People’s Republic of China. It covers military news and provides comprehensive military-related information from the perspective of the Chinese Central Military Commission.

Shen Bao 申报‎ (1872-1949): Shen Bao known in English as Shanghai News, was a newspaper published from April 30, 1872 to May ‎‎27, 1949 in Shanghai, China. Founded by Ernest Major (1841-1908), a British businessman, in 1872, Shen ‎Bao was one of the first modern Chinese newspapers. It was the only Chinese newspaper in Shanghai ‎until the appearance of Xin Bao in 1876 and Hu Bao in 1882 and it played a pivotal role in the formation ‎of public opinion in the late 19th century. This full-text searchable database covers the entire run of ‎the newspaper from 1872 to 1949 including the entire short runs of the Wuhan and Hong Kong editions. ‎In addition to the newspaper texts, this product also includes all the advertisements.  ‎

Soshoo: as part of China Infobank this database includes yearly and monthly statistical data on social and economic situation of China. Users can download data into an Excel sheet.

Taiwan wen xian cong kan 台灣文獻叢刊: Taiwan wen xian cong kan ‎ covers the history, geography, local customs, politics, economics, sociology, laws and culture of the island from the Tang Dynasty to the Japanese occupation period. It contains 595 books in 309 categories, primarily from the period of the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1912). The encyclopedia also incorporates local histories, official documents and literary works of Ming, Qing Dynasties as well as Nan-Ming. Data and information are gathered from not only local libraries, but also libraries in Japan, the USA, Hong Kong, Great Britain and the Netherlands. In Chinese with no English interface.

WiseSearch is a Chinese and English language database dedicated for published information from ‎Greater China. It is an ‎online multi-media database with materials from 1,500 content providers ‎covering more than 900 major Chinese and ‎English language newspapers, news magazines, TVs, radios, ‎newswires, Web sites, etc. from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, ‎Macau, as well as Singapore, Malaysia, and ‎other countries. The database has stored more than 88 million articles since ‎‎1998, offering Greater ‎China news reports and feature articles.‎


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