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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‘Ancient Chinese Pillow’ by Jan on Flickr –

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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.


North China Herald Online, 1842-1943

Cambridge University Library is delighted to announce access is now provided to the digitization of the The North China Herald, thanks to the Library’s contribution of its holdings of the newspaper to the completion of the digitization project by the publisher Brill.

The North China Herald is universally acclaimed as the prime printed source in any language for the history of the foreign presence in China from around 1850 to the 1940s.

During this so-called ‘treaty century’ (1842-1943) the Great Western Powers established a strong presence in China through their protected enclaves in the major cities.

It was published in Shanghai, at the heart of China’s dealing with the Euro-American world and a city at the forefront of developments in Chinese politics, culture, education and the economy. As the official journal for British consular notifications, and announcements of the Shanghai Municipal Council, it is the first – and sometimes only – point of reference for information and comment on a range of foreign and Chinese activities.

Regularly it also features translations of Chinese official notifications and news. The Herald had correspondents across the whole of China. These supplied a constant stream of news of an incredible variety, such as, apart from news and gossip reflecting the social, cultural and political life of the foreign settlements; trade statistics, stock prices, Chinese news, essays on Chinese culture and language, law reports from foreign courts in the settlements, company reports, news on foreign social, cultural and political life, maps, cartoons, photographs, stock prices and law and company reports, advertisements, tables of tea, silk and cotton exports, or long-forgotten facts about missionaries, birth, marriage, and death announcements, facts about other foreign nationals – the French, Danish, Italian, German, Dutch, and so on. Although a thriving treaty port press developed over the century of the foreign presence, no other newspaper existed over such an extended period, and covers it in such incredible depth and variety. The dense unindexed columns of the Herald offer therefore an indispensable, still largely unexplored treasure-trove for any scholar of modern Chinese history. War, revolution and politics have conspired to destroy library holdings or frustrate access to publications from China’s treaty century. The fully text-searchable North China Herald online is one of the primary sources on a period which continues to shape much of China’s world and worldview.

The North China Herald can be access via this link or via the eresources@cambridge A-Z.


Oxford bibliographies online: Chinese studies

New for eresources@cambridge: Oxford bibliographies online in Chinese studies.

Oxford Bibliographies in Chinese Studies is a multi- and inter-disciplinary enterprise covering the study of China across all disciplines. It developed mainly from two sources. First, a long-standing tradition of Sinology, still strong in Europe, has used philological and literary tools to study mainly the humanities and pre-modern China. Second, from the Second World War, an “area studies” approach – initially closely linked to US foreign policy needs and remaining predominant in the US, Canada and Australia – has focused on modern China using interdisciplinary (mainly social science) methods. More recently, China’s rapid growth has led to the rapid expansion of the field, while scholars originally from the PRC have led a trend to identify primarily with a discipline rather than an area.

Many China scholars still feel, however, that scholarship on China has had too little influence on the disciplines. The core ideas of most social sciences originate mainly from Western experience and have only sporadically taken China into account. This, however, is changing. For example, Kenneth Pomeranz’s The Great Divergence has made it difficult to discuss early modern economic development without taking account of China.

Studies of China within China are, of course, studies of the self rather than the other. Concepts originating with Chinese scholars have long been central to Western understandings of many issues, such as the emergence of Chinese nationalism. From the 1950s to the 1970s, however, scholarship in China was so dominated by Marxist dogma that its methods and conclusions were of limited interest to scholars elsewhere. This situation has changed dramatically since the 1980s: whole disciplines such as sociology have re-emerged, and modern social science methods have been introduced, often by scholars returning to China after study in the West. The volume of production has increased massively. Although this varies in quality even more than in the West, the best work, especially in disciplines like economics and sociology, is now at the forefront of research.

Oxford Bibliographies in Chinese Studies provides an authoritative guide to the key works across the whole field, pointing researchers and practitioners at all levels to the most important scholarship in European languages as well as in Chinese (and Japanese), and giving scholars working in other fields easier access to scholarship on China. The subjects covered in the initial launch provide broad guidance to major areas of study, while later additions focus more specifically on key issues or topics of debate.