How to Discover Full-text Journal Articles Online?

Whether you're looking for journal articles in Chinese, English, or in a different language, you may utilize the available tools and resources at the library, and try the general steps listed below.

Please note that Columbia may not currently have an e-resource subscription that includes the full text of your journal of interest. More and more Chinese journals are being made available electronically in the Greater China Area, and the library may not have acquired a given journal yet; it is hoped the library will have more full-text e-resources in future.

The library keeps recent issues of print journals in Starr Library. Older issues of print journals are sent to off-site, but articles from off-site print journals can be requested online from their Clio records; the full text of your requested item will be made available for you to download.

English/Western-language Journal Articles

  1. Check the Columbia University library catalog CLIO for a possible e-link.
  2. Try the University's E-Journals list.
  3. Use Citation Finder.

    Fill in the needed search information, then click to link to the full text of the article (if available in licensed databases) or link to other options for obtaining that article. Please note that not all databases are licensed, and not all licensed databases are Citation Finder enabled/linked. Please note that sometimes Citation Finder may bring you back to CLIO without finding any search results.
  4. Use Ulrich's International Periodicals.

    Enter a Title, ISSN, or search term to find journals or other periodicals. To prevent from retrieving too many unwanted titles, please use quotations marks around your search imputs, or use Advanced Search. If the e- option is available, click on the targeted record marked with "e", then go to "Online Availability" to see what databases contain this title. Then use Columbia University Libraries Databases to locate and open the database name listed under the "Online Availability".
  5. Ask the librarian.

Chinese-language Journal Articles

  1. Search the China Academic Journals full-text database.

    Its integrated interface includes the Century Journals Project database and Century Journals Social Sciences. The three databases of China Academic Journals, Century Journals Project and Century Journals Social Sciences shall cover journals from their earliest issue to their current issue. China Academic Journals should include all, but for some titles one has to search Century Journals Project and Century Journals Social Sciences respectively.
  2. Search CEPS (Chinese Electronic Periodical Services), TEPS (Taiwan Electronic Periodical Services) and Wanfang Data - China Online Journals.

    CEPS, Wanfang and TEPS cover mainland Chinese and Taiwanese journal articles; in particular, less established mainland Chinese titles and journal articles of recent years are included in CEPS. Please note: CEPS contains TEPS; TEPS covers journals in Taiwan only, Wanfang covers from 1990s.
  3. Search Dacheng and Minguo shi qi qi kan quan wen (Chinese Periodical Full-text Database) (1911-1949) if the targeted titles are of pre-1950.
  4. Search the Columbia University library catalog, CLIO.

    Check to see if Columbia has subscribed to the journal. If the journal is stored off-site, you may request a full-text copy of the article to be sent to you electronically.
  5. Search Quan guo bao kan suo yin (or Taiwan qi kan lun wen suo yin for Taiwanese journal titles).

    For those journal articles found available in the database and its associated database of Minguo shi qi qi kan quan wen (Chinese Periodical Full-text Database) (1911-1949), but not in the holdings of Columbia and other North American libraries, full texts of requested articles can be delivered from Shanghai Library to you via the Library. The Chinese Studies library staff may send the requested journal articles to your e-mail account, or you may need to come to the library to pick up the printed copy or download if the article files are too large to send via e-mail. Please note: the National Library of China in Taiwan has discontinued the similar document delivery service.
  6. Ask the librarian.


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