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Chinese selected online resources

Chinese Studies

Last updated September 2016

 

SUBSCRIPTION-BASED ELECTRONIC RESOURCES

The Cambridge Companion to Modern Chinese Culture 
ACCESSIBLE from machines with IP addresses within the cam.ac.uk domain. For machines outside the University members may use their RAVEN password to login.

Cambridge Histories Online
ACCESSIBLE from machines with IP addresses within the cam.ac.uk domain. For machines outside the University members may use their RAVEN password to login.
This database contains full-text searching of all Cambridge Histories, usually with up to a year delay after the print publication. You can search in all or specific titles, and download individual chapters as needed. The Cambridge history of China and The Cambridge history of ancient China are included.

Chinese ANcient Texts (CHANT)
ACCESSIBLE from machines with IP addresses within the cam.ac.uk domain. For machines outside the University members may use VPDN (Virtual Private Network). RAVEN login is not possible.
The databases, compiled under the Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS) of the Chinese University of Hong Kong since 1988, give full-text access (single words, phrases and sentence patterns) to all traditional texts from the Pre-Han (pre 220AD) period up to the Six Dynasties (581 AD) (over 30 million characters.) During compilation, different versions of the same texts were carefully compared, and modern punctuation was added. Comparisons with other versions, parallel passages, as well as citations found in Leishu are shown in footnotes. CHANT also includes databases of excavated wood/bamboo and silk scripts (the Zhu-jian-bo shu database), oracular inscriptions (the Jiaguwen database, and bronze inscriptions (Jinwen). Includes a database of extant Chinese encyclopedias (Leishu).

China Digital Library (中华数字书苑)
Accessible from CAM DOMAIN onlyFor further instruction on searching the database click HERE
It comprises five full text databases: 
1. EBook Database comprising:  电子图书 (Ebooks) (144,670 titles); 国学要览 (Ancient Books) (6,294 titles); Beijing Review (1958-2008) (2,325 issues)
2. Newspaper Database (10 titles)
3. Reference Database (10 titles)
4. Yearbook Database (10 titles)
5. Fine Arts Database (1 category)

You will be promted to download a software to be able to access the database. We have downloaded this software on all computers in the Photocopy Room of the Library

Chinese Academic Journals
ACCESSIBLE from machines with IP addresses within the cam.ac.uk domain only.
Cambridge University's access to the Literature/ History/ Philosophy, Economics/ Politics/ Law, Education/ Social Sciences, and the Electronic and Information Series components of the CNKI includes access to the full-text China Academic Journals database (full text and/or full image articles from 2,000+ journals from first issue to date), as well as Century Journals Project. For a FULL LIST of available journals click HERE (Cambridge University Library's Chinese Department website).N.B. Cambridge University has a licence for TWO concurrent users only. If the connection is already in use, please try again later. When you have finished a session, please make the connection available to other users by clicking the "LOGOUT" button (at the top of the screen). Please note that the CNKI platform and CAJ database are designed to work with Internet Explorer only.

Duxiu 读秀中文学术搜索 (Beijing Superstar Information Technology)
ACCESSIBLE from machines with IP addresses within the cam.ac.uk domain. For machines outside the University members may use their RAVEN password to login.
Duxiu is a huge content-based database with very flexible searches (full-text, books, articles, theses, web pages, newspapers). Contains over 2 million full-text Chinese e-books and many of the articles. Comprehensive user instuctions in English available from Princeton University East Asian Library.

North China Herald
The fully text-searchable North China Herald is the prime printed source for the history of the foreign presence in China from around 1850 to 1940s. No other newspaper existed over such an extended period, and covers it in such incredible depth and variety.

Oxford Bibliographies : Chinese Studies
ACCESSIBLE from machines with IP addresses within the cam.ac.uk domain.
For machines outside the University members may use their RAVEN password to login.

Oxford Chinese Dictionary online 
Available on and off campus (RAVEN password). Input can be by radicals or Pinyin.

Sinica Sinoweb (台湾经典人文学刊库)
ACCESSIBLE from machines with IP addresses within the cam.ac.uk domain.
It contains full-text searchable contents of the following academic journals.

中央研究院历史语言研究所集刊 (1928-)
中央研究院中国文哲研究集刊 (1991-)
中央研究院近代史研究所集刊 (1969-)
中央研究院近代中国妇女史研究 (1993-)
中央研究院口述历史期刊 (1989-)
中央研究院近代中国史研究通讯 (1986-)
中央研究院台湾人类学刊 (2003-)
中央研究院台湾史研究 (1994-)
汉学研究 (1983-)
思与言 (1963-)
食货月刊 (1971-88)
鹅湖学志 (1988-)
鹅湖月刊 (1975-)

Taiwan Electronic Periodical Services
ACCESSIBLE from machines with IP addresses within the cam.ac.uk domain. For machines outside the University members may use their RAVEN password to login.
The TEPS (Taiwan Electronic Periodicals Service) database offers an archive of several hundred Taiwanese periodicals in various subjects, including natural and applied sciences, medicine, the humanities, and social sciences. Full texs can be downloaded in PDF format. One can browse by title. Make sure to use the search button provided; the enter button will not give results.

 

CATALOGUES

Cambridge University/Chinese Collection
Provides comprehensive information on how to find Chinese publications (printed or online) held in Cambridge and in the UK. It also provides links to databases subscribed to by the University of Cambridge  and to useful, free websites (dictionaries, online bookshops, online books and journals, maps, government websites etc.)

China Centre Library (Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford)

COPAC (Union catalogue of UK and Irish university/research libraries)
Copac exposes rare and unique research material by bringing together the catalogues of c.90 major UK and Irish libraries (and growing). In a single search you can discover the holdings of the UK’s national libraries (including the British Library), many University libraries, and specialist research libraries.
Contains the Cambridge University Library's Chinese material. Searchable in Pinyin but links to full Chinese vernacular bibliographic records.

School of Oriental & African Studies Library

Sinological Serials in European Libraries Project (SSELP)
Use this site to look for holdings of Chinese journals and newspapers in European libraries.

UK Union Catalogue of Chinese Books - Chinese & Romanised search 
Contains all Chinese publications (including serials) available in participating UK libraries.You can perform simultaneous search of all library catalogues or select the library of your interest. (use 'HELP' button for instructions).

Union List of Chinese Serials in Cambridge

WorldCat
Includes a vast number of Chinese monographs as well as European publications on China. It also lists the holding libraries of a particular monograph worldwide (most libraries in the States, in the UK or Europe.) Searchable in Chinese. RAVEN password is required to use this database outside the Cambridge domain.

 

ONLINE DICTIONARIES

Baidu
Chinese dictionary, good for example sentences which are translated to English.

Juhai Chinese-English/English- Chinese dictionary
Good for examples/usage. Includes 'Instant Grammar Checker' to improve your writing.

MandarinSpot
Chinese-English/English-Chinese dictionary. Paste in Chinese text to get character-by-character Pinyin. Hover over for definitions or print out a vocab list of HSK vocab.

MDGB Chinese-English Dictionary
‘Favourite’ modern Chinese online dictionary. Good for finding out measure words + breaking a text down character by character.

PeraPera Chinese
Free add-on for Firefox and Chrome. Once downloaded, an icon will appear on the top right-hand corner of your desktop which you can activate by one click each time you would like to read something from a Chinese website. Hover over any Chinese characters on the Internet and its English meaning and Chinese reading will appear in a window.

Zhonga Chinese-English and English-Chinese dictionary.
Consisting of more than 450 thousand translations. Here, you can type in your search query and the dictionary displays the result. Each result will show translations, usage examples and the Pinyin (translation into Latin script). Features also include pronunciation of Chinese words and the ability to search by using radicals.

 Zhongwen Dictionary
Good dictionary for looking up traditional characters. Can search by radical. Also has etymology.

 

 USEFUL INTERNET RESOURCES

 Chinese studies on the World Wide Web
An excellent collection of websites for students and researchers provided by the Chinese Department at the Cambridge University Library.

Chinese Text Project
A web-based e-text system designed to present ancient Chinese texts, particularly those relating to Chinese philosophy.  Character look-up function; dictionary; title + full-text search function. Searchable in simplified and traditional Chinese + in English. Contains English translation of some texts.

Findouter China 
Web directory for China
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Dr. I. Galambos’ Blog
Lots of interesting themes about Dunhuang.

History Timeline
Useful reference tool for looking up brief description and map of each dynasty, dates and 
the Chinese characters of dynasties and emperors.

Internet guide to Chinese studies
Contains essential full text databases (classical and modern), digital research libraries such as the National Library of France and others, research papers and theses online. Searchable by keywords.

China Education and Research Network

PLECO
This application offers free Chinese dictionary, flashcard, and document reader software for smartphones and tablets, including iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches. You can look up characters by drawing them on the screen of your device or by using your device’s camera. You can look up words by simply tapping on them. Very fast and well-supported.

Weibo
Chinese portal. Contains Reuters news from China, Japan etc.