Chinese Newspapers Collection

Trial access is now available to the Chinese Newspapers Collection in the ProQuest Historical Newspapers series via the following URL:

Trial access is available from today until 3 August 2019.

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The Chinese Newspapers Collection provides insight into Chinese political and social life during the turbulent 120 year period from 1832 to 1953 with 12 English-language Chinese historical newspapers.  Included are critical perspectives on the ending of more than 2,000 years of imperial rule in China, the Taiping Rebellion, the Opium Wars with Great Britain, the Boxer Rebellion and the events leading up to the 1911 Xinhai Revolution, and the subsequent founding of the Republic of China.  In addition to the article content, the full-image newspapers offer searchable access to advertisements, editorials, cartoons, and classified ads that illuminate history.

Siege of Peking, Boxer Rebellion.


Translations of the Peking Gazette Online

Trial access is now enabled to the Translations of the Peking Gazette Online.

Access is available at the following link on and off campus from 10 January to 8 February 2019.

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Translations of the Peking Gazette Online is a database of approximately 8,500 pages of English-language renderings of official edicts and memorials from the Qing dynasty that cover China’s long nineteenth century from the Macartney Mission in 1793 to the abdication of the last emperor in 1912.

As the mouthpiece of the government, the Peking Gazette is the authoritative source for information about the Manchu state and its Han subjects as they collectively grappled with imperial decline, re-engaged with the wider world, and began mapping the path to China’s contemporary rise.




An early portrait of the Consort Dowager Kangci, foster mother of the Xianfeng Emperor. She hosted the selection of the Xianfeng Emperor’s consorts in 1851, in which Cixi participated as a potential candidate.

Trial access: New digital collections from the National Library of China Publishing House

The National Library of China Publisher House has made the following three new digital collections available to Cambridge on trial access until 10 December 2018:

Early Twentieth Century Book in China, 1912-1949

The Republic of China Era (1912-1949) is an important and special transformation period in China history, new thoughts and old thoughts were integrated, while Chinese and western cultures were exchanged, which had brought a special cultural landscape. It is also the beginning of modern Chinese science. After the eastward transmission of western sciences and the fusion of Chinese and western cultures in the Republic of China Era, a lot of great scholars appeared, and had brought profound impact to Chinese science and thoughts for later ages. The Republican Era documents were overlooked in the past, papers were seriously damaged and the protecting situation is some worrying. Therefore, in view of the historical and academic values of the Republican Era documents as well as the document protection condition, it is necessary to develop an online collection for the books published in the Republican Era.

Early Twentieth Century Book in China, 1912-1949 ( Historical Books in the Republic of China Era) contains over 180,000 titles, 30 million pages and 10 billion letters (also includes 1,534 titles published in 1900-1911). It will be updated to 200,000 titles in 2020.

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China Rare Book Reprinted Collection

China Rare Books Reprint Project is an important cultural project initiated by the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Finance, after their long time and deep investigation and research, summing up the experience and lessons from the history on books missing, and considering about the current storage of rare books, to ensure the inheritance of the precious books, and provide the convenience use to the rare books to the academic world, thereby to exalt the splendid traditional culture.

In this project, catalogue selection is directed by Li Zhizhong, Fang Guangchang, Shi Jinbo, Bai Huawen, Feng Qiyong and other ancient book experts. Over 1,300 titles of rare books in the best condition and best edition have been selected from the unique copies and rare editions collected by more than 50 libraries including National Library of China, Shanghai Library, Peking University Library and British Library, etc., and have been reprinted by using the original format, photographic platemaking and simulating print. There are five volumes in the collection covering from Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE) to Qing Dynasty (1636-1912): Tang Song Volume, Jin Yuan Volume, Ming Dynasty Volume, Qing Dynasty Volume and Chinese Minority Script Ancient Book Volume.

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China Historical Biography Resources

The materials of Chinese historical people are really very rich. Besides standardized biographies such as general biography, supplementary biography (including chronicle) and non-official biographies, there are also a lot of historical materials in official history, privately compiled history, local chronicles, genealogy, tabulation pamphlets, epigraph, catalogues and the documents in literature collection. Biographical resources are scattered among many kinds of resources which are hard to search, therefore, National Library of China Publishing House has published this database cooperating with the Data and Analysis Center of Peking University combining with the advantages of the two parties. The product has been listed as an important achievement in the first group of digital publishing transformation and upgrade project in China.

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China Comprehensive Gazetteers trial

Trial access is now available to the China Comprehensive Gazetteers until 1 December 2017.

Access is available on and off campus via this link.

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CCG comprises a collection of more than 6,500 titles spanning all of China’s regions and covering the Northern Sung Dynasty up to the establishment of the People’s Republic of China.

East View’s CCG database presents a collection of difangzhi spanning eight centuries 1229-1949. With more than 6,500 titles presented in image and/or full text to date, CCG is a resource for research on China in various aspects: its political history, literature, and religion, as well as the biographies of famous personages, its culture, economic development and, of course, its geography and natural history.

More than just local gazetteers, CCG also includes source materials, dictionaries, specialized works on topography, palaces, gardens, travel and even foreign travel.

The source of the original materials is the collection at the National Library of China, whose holdings are extensive and often unique. CCG is especially rich in documents from the Qing dynasty. The number of Republic Period titles is also very large.

Three categories of gazetteers found in the database include:

  • Comprehensive treatises on geography and administrative geography;
  • Local gazetteers on local history, geographic features nd administrative geography history, religions, culture and education, economics, social society, agriculture, architecture, prominent persons including successful imperial exam candidates, etc. of local counties;
  • Descriptions, records and travel notes on specific mountains, waters, hydraulic engineering projects, historical monuments and cultural relics, gardens and parks, borderlands, residences of minorities, and even foreign regions and countries.

8 Chinese trials

Trial access to 14 February 2016 has been arranged by the Chinese Department at the University Library to the following resources.  Access is only available on campus.

If you find these e-resources useful please let know.


光明日报 (1949-Aug 2013)

解放军报 (1956 to date)

人民日报 (1946-May 2012)

申报 (1872-1949)

Until 31 January 2016:




Chinese Cultural Relics

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : CHINESE CULTURAL RELICS


From the East View website for the journal:

Chinese Cultural Relics is the official English translation of the prestigious award-winning Chinese archaeology journal Wenwu (Cultural Relics). Published since the 1950s, Wenwu is well known in China and abroad for its quality articles and in-depth reporting of Chinese archaeological surveys and fieldwork. Until the publication of Chinese Cultural Relics, the information presented in this key resource has only been accessible to those who can read Chinese.

“Each issue of Chinese Cultural Relics contains content from three recent issues of Wenwu. In addition to high-quality translation, each article includes the same detailed photographs and beautiful hand-drawn illustrations as in the Chinese publication.
3589149880_b18d9a5988_z“Subjects covered in Chinese Cultural Relics include:

– new archaeological findings
– research and exploration
– bamboo slips and documents
– bronze wares
– inscriptions and epitaphs
– ancient towns and villages
– archaeological preservation
– the archaeology of science and technology
– museum exhibitions…and more”


Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 1 (2014) to present.

Access Chinese Cultural Relics via the ejournals@cambridge A-Z or at this link.

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Sinica Sinoweb

Access has just been enabled to the Sinica Sinoweb ejournals platform, the most in-depth research tool of Taiwan’s humanities, following a successful trial earlier in May 2014.

Sinica Sinoweb offers online access to journal titles published by Academia Sinica, Taiwan’s vaunted academic publisher.  Produced by United Digital Publications Company in Taipei, Sinica Sinoweb offers unmatched content, unrivaled search capabilities, and an archive extending back to as early as 1928.

Only Sinica Sinoweb features all 14 core academic journals published in Taiwan, listed now in the ejournals@cambridge A-Z:

• Shih-Huo Monthly (食货月刊 — exclusively at Sinica Sinoweb);

• Bulletins of the Institutes of Chinese Literature Philosophy, History and Philology, and Modern History;

• Chinese Studies and Newsletter for Modern Chinese History;

• Journal of Chinese Ritual, Theatre and Folklore and Thought and Words;

• Legein (monthly and semiannual editions);

• Oral History Journal and Research on Women in Modern Chinese History;

• Taiwan Historical Research and Taiwan Journal of Anthropology

The journals are primarily in Chinese, though the interface is in English and Traditional Chinese. The titles are cross-searchable, and also permit searches on archaic characters that cannot normally be entered on a PC keyboard or searched in electronic text, by using a technology developed by Academia Sinica itself.