Electronic Resources for Chinese Studies

(Free E-resources for Chinese Studies During the COVID-19 PandemicThe list of free databases are Columbia IP-range accessible first through June 2020, then extended through September 2020, and then December, 2020, and finally through June 2021, supplementing the available e-resources).

Special Notice: During the pandemic, to facilitate the access of e-resources from home, one may need to Create a Remotely Accessible Link to an IP-Restricted Resource or use Proxy Bookmarklet. In addition, if the access is problematic, please fill in Report Problems with E-Resources, or please Send Comments or Suggestions

Most of the electronic resources listed below are subscribed web-based commercial databases. Also included are several online resources, such as Ling Long 玲瓏 Women's Magazine and Chinese Paper Gods 中國紙馬, the results of digitization projects of our own.

In general, the minimum system requirements for using e-resources are Microsoft Windows 2000 or more advanced operating system and a recent version of Internet Explorer. Most e-resources require the use of a computer in the Columbia University IP range, or a proxy connection, so it is important to connect to the databases from the links listed in Columbia libraries. 

The word input for searching Taiwanese databases should be in traditional Chinese characters. For searching mainland Chinese databases, simplified Chinese characters should be used; traditional Chinese characters may be used too in most Chinese databases produced in mainland China. 

If login is required on the opened database interface, unless clearly informed of specific login information on the associated library page, please always ignore the login cells and look for IP login (normally worded as IP 登录 or 机构登陆) and click on IP 登录 or its like, and then you shall be able to connect and use the database. When access problem occurs, please file a brief E-Resource Problem Report, so that the technology team can be notified for trouble shooting.

It is helpful to participate in the Chinese studies workshops organized at Starr East Asian Library. Please feel free to contact the Chinese Studies librarian if you have any comments or questions.

You may also wish to attend ongoing library workshop centrally organized to learn basic software and methods and essentials applicable to using most e-resources and detailed guides for some leading English-language databases among others.

Resources marked with this symbol are restricted to Columbia affiliates.


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Reference Books & Indexes

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Data & Statistics

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Chengzhi Wang, Ph.D.
Chinese Studies Librarian
307M Kent Hall
(212) 854-3721