Descriptions of Electronic Resources for Chinese Studies


Generally the minimum system requirements for using e-resources are Microsoft Windows 2000, or more advanced operating system and a recent version of a web browser. Most e-resources require the use of devices on Columbia IP range, or through a proxy connection. Please use library databases from the database links found in CLIO and library pages. 

If login is required on an opened database interface, unless clearly informed of specific login information on an associated page, please ignore the login cells and look for IP login (normally worded as IP 登录 or 机构登录) and click on IP 登录 or 机构登录. When access problem occurs, please file E-Resource Problem Report.

The word input for searching Taiwanese databases should be traditional Chinese characters. For mainland Chinese databases, simplified Chinese characters should be used. 

One may attend Starr Library workshops and library workshops centrally organized to learn software and essentials applicable to using most e-resources of Columbia libraries.

Resources marked with this symbol are restricted to Columbia affiliates.

E-Books

  • Apabi E-books and E-platform Reference Books Apabi 电子书,电子工具书 (E-books and E-reference books)
    Products of Apabi, Founder Group of Peking University. About 1,300 Apabi e-books and over 150 e-Reference books have been acquired and made available. Linked to 中华数字书苑 China Digital Library, these books are accessible and searchable either in the two collections as a whole or in each collection. If a login window appears after clicking on the link, please wait very briefly for the appropriate interface to come up. CLIO contains records of individual Apabi e-books and e-reference books.
  • Airiti Library - E-books (iRead eBook) 華藝電子書
    It contains about 1500 titles of books published in Taiwan now and with yearly adding of about 300 titles. Please find and click on "iRead eBook" icon to access.
  • CADAL (China Academic Digital Associative Library) 高等学校中英文图书数字化国际合作计划
    Only accessible on one computer in the library for years, now available for use on all Columbia IP range computers. It covers materials of a variety of subjects, formats and time periods, particularly the Republican Period. Simple registration is required for full access.
  • CHANT 漢達文庫 (Han Da Database)
    Chinese Ancient Texts, or Han da wen ku, a product of Chinese University of Hong Kong. it includes five databases:
    1. Oracle bone texts
    2. Bronze inscriptions
    3. Bamboo and silk texts
    4. Extant Han and pre-Han (pre-220 AD) texts
    5. Texts of Weijin and the Northern and Southern Dynasties (220-589 AD).
    Click on 登入 (Log In), then click on 機構用戶 (Institutional Users) to access contents. 
  • China E Book Hub (eReading) 中国电子书 (易阅通) NEW
    (especially over 1,500 titles/volumes on China Science and Technology History 中国科技史 1912-1979). A database of China China National Publications Import & Export Co.; Covering selected contemporary scholarly monographs. Please reload or try a different browser such as IE if PDF page happens to be blank. 
  • Chinese Electronic Theses and Dissertations Service
    Selected dissertations and theses from most universities in Taiwan, as well as University of Hong Kong are available in this database on the platform of Airiti. Coverage of HKU starts in 1990, others in the 2000s. It also includes many more dissertations than available for free on the National Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations in Taiwan.
  • Du xiu 读秀
    As a search engine and an integrated platform of Superstar Digital Library, it includes digitized books, journals, newspapers, conference proceedings, theses and dissertations, patents and standards, and lecture videos. The search results link to either full-text contents or previews of the contents. The database may allow users to request document delivery for materials such as e-book pages/chapters or journal articles that the library has not acquired and to which it does not have direct full-text access.
  • Gu jin tu shu ji cheng 古今圖書集成
    Product via EastView. The Starr Library obtained the original huge set a gift from the Qing court to open the library in 1902. The e-version is full-text searchable. Click on "IP 會員登入" (IP Users) for access.
  • Guba hua gong diao cha lu 古巴華工調查錄
    A digitization project based on 6-volume set from our own print collection. Contains the original depositions of 279 Chinese indentured laborers in Cuba in its first four volumes (70, 75, 70, and 64 respectively) and related governmental treaties and documents in the last two volumes, revealing the unusual personal stories of forced immigration in the late 19th century.
  • Guo xue bao dian 国学宝典
    Product of GXTPC (GuoXue Treasure Presentation China) Inc., Beijing. Columbia UNI/password login has to be used on and off campus for access. It is a searchable full text database of a wide range of Chinese classical texts in several thousand titles. It is organized in traditional Chinese classification system of classics, history, philosophy and literature. More specific categories and special genres of literature, and even book titles, can be more easily seen in 目录浏览 in addition to basic and advanced searches.
  • Han tang dian cang (Hytung books) 瀚堂典藏
    The resources collected in the database contain thousands of titles of Chinese ancient etymological and classical dictionaries, historical literature, unearthed picture writings such as oracle bone inscriptions and bronze inscriptions, seals, bamboo slips and silk character writings which are organized together with their related images and photos.
  • Minguo wen xian da quan 民國文獻大全
    It contains the same contents of CADAL, hopefully it is more user friendly.
  • Si bu cong kan 四部丛刊
    Si bu cong kan, or Sibu congkan. An electronic version of the print Si bu cong kan, including searchable full texts and scanned images of 504 works in 3,134 volumes in the four branches of Chinese knowledge traditionally classified - jing (classics), shi (history), zi (philosophy), and ji (Belles-lettres). Compiled and photo-lithographed during the years 1919 to 1936 from the best editions in Chinese history, this series represents some of the best Chinese scholarly achievements.
  • Si ku quan shu 四庫全書
    Wen yuan ge si ku quan shu, a database of the Digital Heritage Publishing of Hong Kong. It includes 3,461 classic titles of the Wen yuan ge Si ku quan shu 文淵閣四庫全書, with features of full text, page image, and an embedded dictionary. Improved functions include enlarging content pages and images, horizontal and vertical print, and choices of "number of display result". Its 工具箱 (Toolbox) has useful tools such as 單字字義查詢 (Search by Chinese Single Character), 干支/公元換算 (Conversion between Chinese Lunar Years and A.D.), 古今紀年換算, 八卦•六十四卦表 (Eight/Sixty-four Diagrams in Chinese Mythology), and 關聯字查詢 (Search Engine for Chinese Relevant Words). Windows OS and Internet Explorer are required for accessing this resource. Ignore login, find and click on "IP 登录“.
  • Wanfang Data - New Local Gazetteers 万方数据 - 新方志
    A product of Wanfang Data, it includes new (contemporary, post-1970s) local gazetteers from almost all provinces, cities, regions and counties. Government and administration at county level and above are largely covered. All important industries and institutions are covered. But many titles, particularly pre-1990 titles and titles related to police and military forces, are only citations and table of contents without full texts. There are few titles from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao, although these regions are listed.
  • Wanfang Data - Dissertations of China 万方数据 - 学位论文
    A product of Wanfang Data, it includes new doctoral dissertations, masters’ theses from Chinese universities and research institutions from 1990. The total number covered is a few millions, yet the full-text coverage is estimated to be over 80 percent. Pre-1990 titles and some post-1990 titles are not available in full text but in citation and abstract. The librarian may be asked to help with the provision of the unavailable, individual dissertations/theses from the 1990s.
  • Xing an xin bian 刑案新編
    Digitization of the special 30-volume set in our regular collection. One may choose to "read online" or "view PDF".
    It is made available by the Starr Library and the departments of Columbia Digital Program and Preservation.
  • Xu xiu si ku quan 续修四库全书
    It contains 5,213 titles of Chinese classics. Find "search" characters in up right row and click on for searching.
  • Zhongguo di fang li shi wen xian (Chinese Historical Local Archives Database) 中国地方历史文献数据库 NEW 
    A database from Shanghai Jiao Tong University Press, covering local archival materials such as real estate deeds and court documents from Ming and Qing through post-1949 era.
  • Zhongguo fang zhi ku 中国方志库
    It is an e-book collection and a searchable database of Chinese local gazetteers with many useful features and advanced tools. Both full texts and original page images are available. The collection has 2,000 titles of rare and special edition local gazetteers printed in China from ancient time up to 1949. The concurrent user number is only one. The access information and steps are shown on the left side, basically:
    1. Choose a database first. 
    2. Ignore the the information in the fields of login, just click on login.
    3. Search and use.
    4. When done, click on the upright "X" to exit. If not exiting this way, next user will have to wait for at least 15 minutes to use the database.
  • Zhongguo ji ben gu ji ku 中國基本古籍庫
    It is an e-book collection and a searchable database of Chinese classic titles with many useful features and advanced tools. Both full texts and original page images are available. The collection covers about 10,000 titles of rare and special edition local gazetteers printed in China from Qin (221-207 B.C.) through Republican Period (1911-1949). The concurrent user number is only one. The access information and steps are shown on the left side, basically:
    1. Choose a database first.
    2. Ignore the the information in the fields of login, just click on login.
    3. Search and use.
    4. When done, click on the upright "X" to exit. If not exiting this way, next user will have to wait for at least 15 minutes to use the database.
  • Zhongguo jin dai tu shu (Books of Modern China) 中国近代图书全文数据, 1840-1949  (Accessible also on the platform of Quan guo bao kan suo yin 全国报刊索引数据库) NEW
    An E-book database from the Shanghai Library, covering tens of thousands of books published before 1949.
  • Zhongguo li dai shi ke shi liao hui bian 中國歷代石刻史料匯编 
    A product of Beijing Unihan, the searchable full-text/scanned image database of e-books contains contents arranged in five periods from the Early Qin through the Ming and Qing periods.
  • Zhongguo su wen ku 中国俗文库
    Database of Chinese Popular Literature is a collection of various genres of popular literature books in Chinese history in both full text and scanned image, ranging from vernacular novels, drama, to Buddhism "treasure scroll stories". Both full texts and original page images are available. The concurrent user number is only one. The access information and steps are shown on the left side, basically:
    1. Choose a database first. 
    2. Ignore the the information in the fields of login, just click on login.
    3. Search and use.
    4. When done, click on the upright "X" to exit. If not exiting this way, next user will have to wait for at least 15 minutes to use the database.
  • Zhongguo jin shi ku 中国金石库初集
    On the same platform of Eruson (or Erudith), it covers covering 1,700 titles/sources.
  • Zhongguo dang dai zheng zhi yun dong shi 中国当代政治运动史数据库 (Database for the History of Contemporary Chinese Political Movements 1949- ) 
  • Zhongguo wen shi zi liao ji cui (Wen shi zi liao ku) 中国文史资料集粹 (文史资料库)
    A database of local history and culture materials, a product of Superstar Digital Library. It provides access to nearly 20,000 volumes of materials, the largest collection of wen shi zi liao materials. The contents are largely first-person narratives on local history and culture. It covers subjects of economics, politics, literature, ethnic minorities and many others from the late Qing Dynasty to the present day. Almost all Chinese counties, prefectures and provinces are represented in the collection.
  • Zhonghua jing dian gui ji (Chinese Classics Ancient Books) 中华经典古籍数据库 NEW
    A significant database of Chinese classics in a great number of volumes punctuated, annotated and published by Zhonghua Book Company. Please click on 中华经典古籍库 (机构版) to enter and use.
  • Zhong yang yan jiu yuan Han ji dian zi wen xian 中央硏究院漢籍電子文獻, 漢籍全文資料庫 Scripta Sinica
    Also called Scripta Sinica 瀚典, a database of Academia Sinica, Taiwan. The public portion is free online; full access to the whole databases has been acquired through an exchange project with the Academia Sinica. The most wanted 史語所漢籍全文資料庫 (a full-text database), covering 明实录, 清实录 and 大正藏, is fully accessible and full-text searchable. Please click on the button of 授權使用 (Authorized Use) for access. Its 工具箱 (Toolbox) has the useful tool 兩千年中西曆轉換 (Chinese and Western Calendar Conversion within Two Thousand Years).

 

Journals

  • Century Journals Project (First Phase & Expanded) 世纪期刊全文数据库
    CJP, or Shi ji qi kan, a journal archive database of Tsinghua-TongFang via EastView; together with China Academic Journals (CAJ). CJP contains the allegedly most important scholarly journals published in China from the very first issue up to 1993. The CJP First Phase and CJP Expanded cover about 1,300 titles in humanities and social sciences. By using CJP and CAJ, Columbia users may find it unnecessary to request print journals or scanned articles from offsite.
  • CEPS (Chinese Electronic Periodical Services) 中文電子期刊
    A product of Taiwan-based Airiti Inc., it covers about 1,600 journals in humanities and social scienc. It integrates previously separated TEPS (Taiwan Electronic Periodical Services) 台灣電子期刊, with about 500 scholarly journals of Taiwan. Half of the Taiwanese journals are in humanities and social sciences. TEPS also includes hundreds of science journals.es from the Greater China Area. It also covers hundreds of journals in the sciences. 
  • China Academic Journals 中国学术期刊全文数据库
    CAJ, or Zhongguo xue shu qi kan quan wen shu ju ku, a product of Tsinghua-TongFang via EastView. Covers thousands of journals in humanities and social sciences; from 1994; full text in both PDF and CAJ viewer. The new CAJ interface integrates Century Journals Project databases (First Phase & Expanded), which covers journals from the earliest issue through 1993. The CAJ database has English abstracts for most articles, so searches may be conducted in English.
  • China/Asia on Demand
    Originally from Wanfang, claimed to be "a knowledge gateway to scientific, technical, and medical information from China in particular and Asia in general", it offers journals articles of science, technology and medicine among others.
  • Dacheng lao jiu kan quan wen shu ju ku 大成老旧刊全文数据库
    A database of Superstar, it covers historical Chinese-language serials published in China in the humanities, social sciences, sciences and engineering, including popular journals and magazines, 1840-1949; some titles may not contain the full run of volumes.
  • Dong fang zai zhi 东方杂志 The Eastern Miscellany (1904-1948)
    On the platform of Quan guo bao kan suo yin 全国报刊索引数据库from Shanghai Library.
  • Du xiu 读秀
    A search engine and an integrated platform of Superstar Digital Library that includes digitized books, journals, newspapers, conference proceedings, theses and dissertations, patents and standards, and lecture videos. The search results link to either full-text contents or previews of the contents. The database may allow users to request document delivery for materials such as e-book pages/chapters or journal articles that the library has not acquired and to which it does not have direct full-text access. For that purpose, a Mylib 我的图书馆 account may be created in the database website following the link of Registration, so that requested documents can be delivered there.
  • Gu gong wen wu yue kan xue shu ji kan zi liao ku (National Palace Museum periodicals) 故宮文物月刊學術季刊資料庫
    Including articles and images from the National Palace Museum’s periodicals, includes periodicals published by Taiwan Palace Museum Gugong wen wu yue kan 故宮文物月刊 and Gugong xue shu ji kan 故宮學術季刊.  [discontinued due to repeated changes of vendors]
  • Han tang jin dai bao kan 瀚堂近代報刊
    The database contains hundreds of full-text newspapers and publications from the late Qing Dynasty through the Republic of China. More contents are continuously added.
  • Ling Long 玲瓏 Women's Magazine
    Covers most issues, 1931-1937; Features Columbia's collection of Ling long magazine, one of the most comprehensive holdings outside China. It is the result of a meticulous digitization project over many years.
  • National Social Sciences database 国家哲学社会科学学术期刊数据库
    An open source product of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the database covers both archival and current issues of over 1,000 social science titles, of which most are selected as core journals in prestigious publications and research institutions.
  • Minguo shi qi qi kan quan wen 民国时期期刊全文 (Chinese Periodical Full-text Database) (1911-1949)
    First and foremost, ignore the login is login cells appear, click on IP 登录. This is very important. Then start imputing search words in the search cell.
  • TEPS (Taiwan Electronic Periodical Services) 台灣電子期刊
    It includes about 500 scholarly journals of Taiwan; half of them are in humanities and social sciences. TEPS also includes hundreds of science journals.
  • Wan Qing qi kan quan wen shu ju ku (Late Qing Dynasty Periodical Full text Database) (1833-1911) 晚清期刊全文数据库
    Ignore the login is login cells appear, click on IP 登录. This is very important. Then start imputing search words in the search cell.
  • Wanfang Data - China Online Journals 万方数据 - 期刊
    A product of Wanfang Data, Beijing. This full-text database covers over six thousands of titles of journals and magazines from China on almost all subjects. Titles of medicine/health sciences and agriculture are not accessible in full text but in abstract.
  • Zhuan ji wen xue Digital Archive (臺灣學術經典) 傳記文學全文資料庫
    As part of, and on the platform of, the Taiwan Academic Classics - Humanities and Social Science, it is the digital archive of the famous magazine from 1962 onward. After an article is downloaded, please click on the top 傳記文學 in order to go back to the list of search result.
  • Zhongguo wen shi zi liao ji cui (Wen shi zi liao ku) 中国文史资料集粹 (文史资料库)
    Wen shi zi liao ku, a database of local history and culture materials, a product of Superstar Digital Library. It provides access to nearly 20,000 volumes of materials, the largest collection of wen shi zi liao materials. The contents are largely first-person narratives on local history and culture. It covers subjects of economics, politics, literature, ethnic minorities and many others from the late Qing Dynasty to the present day. Almost all Chinese counties, prefectures and provinces are represented in the collection.

Newspapers

Reference Works & Indexes

  • Apabi E-books and E-platform Reference Books Apabi 电子书,电子工具书 (E-books and E-reference books)
    Products of Apabi, Founder Group of Peking University. About 1,300 Apabi e-books and over 150 e-Reference Books have been acquired and made available. Linked to 中华数字书苑 China Digital Library, these books are accessible and searchable either in the two collections as a whole or in each collection. If a login window appears after clicking on the link, please wait very briefly for the appropriate interface to come up. CLIO contains records of individual Apabi e-books and e-reference books, but like many databases, without independent links to respective individual titles now.
  • Ci hai  辞海
    In Apabi E-books and E-platform Reference Books Apabi 电子书,电子工具书 (E-books and E-reference books). Published by Shanghai ci shu chu ban she (上海辞书出版社), it includes 17,523 single characters and 6129 traditional and modified characters.
  • Charles Muller Digital Dictionary of Buddhism 電子佛教辭典
    A product from Prof. Charles Muller of Toyo Gakuen University, it also includes the CJKV-English Dictionary, and the Dictionary of Chinese Buddhist Terms by Soothill and Hodous.
  • Du xiu 读秀
    As a search engine and an integrated platform of Superstar Digital Library, it includes digitized books, journals, newspapers, conference proceedings, theses and dissertations, patents and standards, and lecture videos. The search results link to either full-text contents or previews of the contents. The database may allow users to request document delivery for materials such as e-book pages/chapters or journal articles that the library has not acquired and to which it does not have direct full-text access.
  • Han yu da ci dian 汉语大词典
    In Apabi E-books and E-platform Reference Books Apabi 电子书,电子工具书 (E-books and E-reference books). A title of Apabi Digital References Resource based on the print edition published by Han yu da ci dian chu ban she (汉语大词典出版社). It consists of 12 volumes, 375,000 characters and phrases, 2253 images, and one index volume.
  • Li dai jin shi deng ke shu ju ku 歷代進士登科數據庫 NEW
    A database created by Zhejiang University, it contains very brief biographical information of over 102,000 people of different dynasties who passed imperial examinations and earned jinshi title. Each entry cites relevant imperial examination records and literature. 
  • Quan guo bao kan suo yin 全国报刊索引数据库
    National Index of Chinese Newspapers & Periodicals, a bibliographic index (not full-text) of Chinese newspapers & periodicals from 1833 to current; product of Shanghai Library.

    Ignore login, try to find and click on "IP 登录“, or directly Click on 数据库检索(Database Search) for access. If a needed article cannot be found in the print or e-resource collections at Columbia or other North American libraries, the article can be delivered from Shanghai Library. Please contact library staff member Ms. Sherry Pu to request document delivery. Due to budget cuts, the requests have to be very selective.
  • Taiwan qi kan lun wen suo yin 臺灣期刊論文索引系統
    Previously known as Zhonghua min guo qi kan lun wen suo yin (中華民國期刊論文索引). Index to Chinese Periodical Literature of Taiwan. The citation database includes nearly 5,000 periodicals in Chinese and Western languages published in Taiwan from 1970 to current. Some journals from Hong Kong and Macao are also included. It is not a full-text database, although a limited number of full-text articles are available. 

Data & Statistics

  • China Data Online 中国数据在线
    Zhongguo shu ju zai xian, a product from the China Data Center in University of Michigan, mostly in English and Chinese. It covers the following databases:
    1. China Yearly Macro-economy Statistics (1949-)
    2. China Monthly Macro-economy Statistics (1998-)
    3. Monthly Reports on Economy Development (2002-)
    4. China City Statistics (1996-)
    5. China County Statistics (1997-)
    6. China Industrial Data (2001-)
    7. China statistical yearbooks (2002-)
    8. China Population Census Data (1982, 1990, 1995, 2000).
  • China Geo-Explorer II
    Associated with China Data Online, it integrates data from various sources at different levels into a spatial system with more than 6,000 comparable variables for easy access.
  • Zhongguo zi xun hang (Infobank) 中國資訊行
    Including reports, articles and numeric data on China's economy, business, finance, law, public health, and government and non-government institutions, China Infobank is largely a database on Chinese economy, finance and development.
  • Soshoo (sou shu) 搜数 or 统计数据搜数网
    Allows for searches of statistical data and information, and presents search results in tables, downloadable to Excel.  Columbia's subscription to this database is limited to a certain volume of downloads, so please first click on linked 表格预览(table preview) to check your search results, and only download search results if you are certain that they are what you need.
  • Zhongguo jing ji she hui fa zhan tong ji shu ju ku (China statistical yearbooks database) 中国经济社会发展统计数据库
    A product of CNKI, it contains thousands of statistical yearbooks and reports.

Archives & Special Topics

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