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Han Woman's Waistcoat, embroidery detail,

artist unknkown, Guangxu period, 1875-1903, silk & satin weave, The Philadelphia Museum of Art,
ARTstor Image Database

 


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The Confucius Institute Library is located on the Upper Level of Thomason Library in Rm 212.

CI materials are noted in red on this guide

and have a Cf prefix inTHOMCAT

and on the spine label.

= subscription resource available for PC students & faculty

from off-campus locations with PC e-mail account username & password login

 
China - General Information    
China Overview/Country Studies   back to top

Cassell's Peoples, Nations and Cultures  [CREDO Reference], Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2005.

An informative guide to the myriad discrete ethnic and cultural groupings that have inhabited our planet over the past 6000 years.

China Overview   [CountryWatch]
Use Country Review pull-down box to navigate between China (Mainland), China-Hong Kong, China-Macau, or China-Taiwan. Key data including maps, boundary country information, climate, ethnic divisions, religions, daily news coverage in CountryWire, and political, economic, investment, & environmental overviews of China.

China [Britannica Online]

Britannica's country page providing general information and current statistics (see fact sheet) on China.

China, a Country Study [Federal Research Division, Library of Congress]

Part of the Country Studies/Area Handbook series "describing and analyzing [China's] political, economic, social, and national security systems and institutions, and examining the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they are shaped by cultural factors." Research completed July 1987. description from ipl2

Includes an updated country profile .pdf completed in 2006.
Also available in print, Thomason Library, Upper Level: 309.151 C441C (4TH ED. 1988)

Collins World Atlas Gazetteer  [CREDO Reference], Collins Bartholomew Ltd., 2003.

Features almost 5,000 Chinese place names with maps - a general search for China retrieves an alphabetical list of cities & towns.

Country Profile: China  [BBC]
Profile of "the world's most populous country," including demographic facts, historical overview, timeline of key events back to 1949, and information about Chinese leaders and media. Site also includes links to related news stories, audio of the national anthem, and audio and video of some news stories. description from ipl2

A Guide to Countries of the World   [Oxford Reference Online] Oxford University Press, 2007.

Succinct overviews of each country covering the contemporary social, economic, religious and political issues that shape the country. It also contains vital statistics such as GDP, life expectancy, income distribution, and internet use.      

Global Edge – China [International Business Center, Michigan State University]

Connects international business professionals worldwide to a wealth of information, insights, and learning resources on global business activities; based on the current CIA World Factbook and U.S. Dept. of State Country Background  Notes. Register for free value added content: Doing Business in China.

National Bureau of Statistics of China

"The Official Statistical System of China--As is stipulated in the Statistical Law, the State establishes a centralized and unified statistical system by instituting the statistical management system featuring unified leadership and decentralized administration. Government statistical agencies and personnel shall exercise their functions of statistical survey, reporting and supervision according to the law without any infringement. The official statistical system in China consists of the government statistical system and department statistical system." decription from site

Yearly data gives broad topic coverage. Other data includes info on women and men in China.

The Statesman's Yearbook: The Politics, Cultures, and Economies of the World, Macmillan Publishers, Ltd. 2009.           

Thomason Library, Main Level, Reference Desk: RR 305 St2 2010

Includes social, defense, economic, energy, trade, labor and communications overview and statistics for countries of the world each year. Current issue is available on the Ready Reference shelf at the Reference Desk.

The World Almanac and Book of Facts, World Almanac Books, 2008.

Thomason Library, Main Level, Reference Desk: RR 310 W89 2008 [current issue, previous 10 yrs in Reference collection R 310 W89]

Use the General Index in the back of the volume to find information and statistical tables on China and other countries of the world.

World Bank Open Data [World Bank]

"Web access to the bank's vast collection of economic, social, population, and development data with no restrictions and at no cost. Tabs and links provide access to the data by country, topic, and indicator, and to the data catalog. Users can select a country from a list of more than 200 entries and view/download a statistical profile containing several years of data for selected indicators. Site is available in Arabic, English, French, and Spanish." description from CHOICE Reviews Online 9/2010

Biography back to top

China Vitae [Wen Wei Publishing Co. Ltd., Hong Kong]
"China Vitae is an online biographical database that provides more than 2500 biographies of current Chinese political, military, economic, business, and academic leaders. Users can easily create lists of officials who have similar career paths, organizational affiliations, education, and places of origin." Searchable and browsable by name. "Drawing on official Chinese sources, Wen Wei Publishing Co. Ltd. Hong Kong provides the basic biographical information used in China Vitae." description from ipl2


Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Women: The Twentieth Century, 1912-2000, M. E. Sharpe, c2003.
Thomason Library, Main Level, Reference: 
R 305.4092251 B52B

 

Biography Resource Center  [Thomson/Gale]  
Search for a specific individual or for people meeting criteria such as nationality, ethnicity, or occupation, limit by birth and death year or gender, or combine criteria to create a highly-targeted custom search.

China Biographical Database Project [a joint project of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University, the Institute of History and Philology of Academia Sinica, and the Center for Research on Ancient Chinese History at Peking University]

Biographical information on individuals important for the study of Chinese history from the 7th-14th Centuries. This includes information on key military figures, members of the Chinese aristocracy, civil service and government. description from Intute

Dictionary of Ming Biography, 1368-1644, Columbia University Press, 1976.
Thomason Library, Main Level, Reference: 
R 951.026 As78D [2 vols]

 

Eminent Chinese of the Ch‘ing Period (1644-1912), Ch‘eng Wen Publishing [1970].
Thomason Library, Main Level, Reference: 
R 920.00951 Un3E

 

The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy  [Oxford Reference Online], Oxford University Press, 2005.
This library subscription e-book contains terms from the related fields of religion, science, and logic. Includes 500 biographies of famous and influential philosophers and covers the most recent terms and concepts from Western philosophical traditions, as well as Chinese philosophy.

Well-known Cultural Literates of China = Li shi wen hua ming ren [DVD series]

Confucius Institute Library, Upper Level: Cf77.74 -  Cf77.81

Business back to top

Global Edge – China [International Business Center, Michigan State University]

Connects international business professionals worldwide to a wealth of information, insights, and learning resources on global business activities; based on the current CIA World Factbook and U.S. Dept. of State Country Background  Notes. Register for free value added content: Doing Business in China.

 

U.S. Commercial Service: China [U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Dept. of Commerce]
Resources for U.S. companies who plan to do business in China. Features a basic visitor's guide to China, tips for doing business in the country, business service providers, trade leads, a trade show calendar, employment opportunities, and other business resources. From the U.S. Commercial Service, a federal government agency that "helps U.S. companies find new international business partners in worldwide markets." description from ipl2


The Future of Green Business in China [Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars film @ FORA.tv]

Watch full 1 hour 59 minute program or view highlights.

Culture back to top

China in the Red [PBS]

Companion website to the 2003 PBS Frontline "documentary that tells the stories of 10 Chinese individuals ... caught up in China's dramatic, ongoing effort to modernize its economy." The site includes a chronology, commentary about potential for democratic reform, and information about and audio clips of Beijing rock music. Also includes a complete video of the show, a teacher's guide, and links to related sites. description from ipl2


China from the Inside [PBS]
Companion website for this television series that "provides a rare insider's view of China," covering topics related to the Communist Party, women in China, environmental issues, and religious groups. Provides in-depth features on specific areas of the program, opinion pieces, an interactive map with field audio recordings around the country, a China-U.S. comparison quiz, lesson plans, and more. A co-production of KQED Public Television and Granada Television.
description from ipl2

 

Chinese Cultural Studies: Web Sites [Paul Halsall]

A collection of websites on China, other East Asian countries and countries of the Middle East covering history, culture, arts and women. The Internet History Sourcebooks Project [IHSP] is a world wide web project designed to provide easy access to primary sources and other teaching materials in a non-commercial environment.  It was developed and is edited by Paul Halsall of Fordham University with the aid of numerous other contributors. See also Chinese Cultural Studies: Texts by Paul Halsall.

Confucius Institute [Beijing, China]

The Confucius Institute Online is a comprehensive website providing Chinese culture enthusiasts with culturally related information, Chinese language courses, and other related resources. The website was built and is sponsored by the Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing.

 

Confucius Institute [Presbyterian College]

In November, 2009, a Confucius Institute was established at Presbyterian College in partnership with Guizhou University in the People's Republic of China. Partner institutions in the Upstate include Clemson University, Converse College, Furman University, and Wofford College. Sponsored by Hanban, the Office of Chinese Language Council International of China, objectives include promoting a mutual understanding between the two nations, enhancing business exchanges between China and the Upstate business community of South Carolina, support for the teaching of the Chinese language and culture in K-12 schools in conjunction with the S.C. Department of Education, and furthering the cultural diversity of Upstate South Carolina jointly through cultural events with the Greenville Chinese Culture Association. A large collection of Chinese language teaching materials are housed in the Confucius Institute Library in Room 212 on the upper level of the James H. Thomason Library.

 

 



 

Folktales of China [D. L. Ashliman, University of Pittsburgh]

From Ashliman's library of folktales, folklore, fairy tales, and mythology. Source: Folk Tales from China, fifth series (Peking: Foreign Languages Press, 1960), pp. 46-57. Recorded by Sai Yeh.

Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary  [CREDO Reference], Omnigraphics, 2005.

This reference work describes holidays, festivals, commemorations, holy days, feasts and fasts, and other observances from all parts of the world. The entries cover popular, ethnic, religious, and historic events of international, national, regional, and local significance.

The Internet Chinese Music Archive

Choose from Traditional, Children's, Modern, Popular, Ceremonial music and more. Audio files available.

Virtual Museum & Library [Chinese Historical and Cultural Project, City of San Jose, CA]
"Based in Santa Clara County, California, the CHCP was founded in 1987 as a non-profit organization to promote and preserve Chinese American and Chinese history and culture through community outreach activities." The museum has digitized numerous traditional Chinese materials in their collection as well as providing information on Chinese traditions.

Travel back to top

China, Yours to Discover [China National Tourist Office]
This searchable "Official Guide to China" includes cultural and historical information on the country as well as practical details such as climate, train schedules, and locations and telephone numbers of Chinese consulates in the U.S. There is also a link to the Hong Kong Tourist Association. description from ipl2


A Day in the Life of China: Photographed by 90 of the world's leading photographers on one day, April 5, 1989, Collins, 1989.

Thomason Library, Upper Level: 951.0580222 D334D

 

Destination China [DVD], Escapi Media, [2002].   
Thomason Library, Lower Level: DVD 915.1 D474D

DVD explores the traditional Southwest of China, the autonomous region of Guangxi and the provinces of Guizhou, Yunnan, and Sichuan. Also journey through Central China, from Shanghai to the Yellow Mountain and from the Yangzi River to Xian, the ancient capital of China. Seen on television as part of the Globe Trekker series.

Great Wall of China-Panoramic View

Built between the 5th century BC and the 16th century to protect the northern borders of the Chinese Empire, the Great Wall is the world's longest building structure at approximately 6,400 km (4,000 miles). The Wall has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987.

Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China's First Emperor [National Geographic]

Uncovered in 1974, the Terra Cotta Warriors have been called the greatest archaeological discovery of the 20th century. View a slide show of terracotta figures and tomb artifacts, the largest travelling exhibit ever in the United States.

 

Hong Kong-City of Life [Hong Kong Tourist Association]

Hong Kong travel information including descriptions of sites around the islands and neighborhoods, best buys, food options, maps, events, travel tips and planner, visitor visas and more. description from ipl2


Chongqing; Sichuan = The Chongqing Municipality [DVD], Sichuan Province, 2007.

Confucius Institute Library, Upper Level: Cf77.1

Yunnan = Yunnan Province ; Guizhou = Guizhou Province [DVD], 2007.
Confucius Institute Library, Upper Level: Cf77.2

Shanghai [DVD], Guangzhou yin xiang chu ban she: Guangzhou qiao jia ren wen hua chuan bo you xian gong si, [200-?].

Confucius Institute Library, Upper Level: Cf77.82 [2 discs]

GUIDEBOOKS:

Frommer's China, Wiley Pub., 2004.

Thomason Library, Upper Level: 915.1 F927F

Intercontinental's Best of China, China Intercontinental Press, 2008.

Confucius Institute Library, Upper Level: Cf613.1

The Rough Guide to China, Rough Guides, 2005.

Thomason Library, Upper Level: 915.1046 L521R

 

Arts
Art &Images   back to top

ARTstor Image Database

Search the collections or browse by Geography (China) and choose to view images from architecture to art, fashion, gardens, maps, sculpture and more. Now available: Buddhist art from Lantian, China. ARTstor is collaborating with Northwestern University Academic and Research Technologies to share 20 images, including 7 Quick Time Virtual Reality (QTVR) panoramas, documenting Buddhist sculpture at Shuilu'an Temple in Lantian, Shaanxi Province, China.

 

 

 

 

Asia and the Pacific Rim in Early Prints and Photographs [NYPL Digital Library]
Over 1,000 prints and photographs (mostly albumen, hand-colored albumen and gelatin silver prints) of East, Southeast and South Asia from the 18th century to the early 20th century, drawn from portfolios, photographic albums, photographically illustrated books and archival collections. Subjects include architecture, scenes of daily life, portraits of major political, religious and artistic figures of the time, "exotica," staged photographs for the tourist trade and travel postcards.

Bridgeman Art Library Archive  [CREDO Reference], Bridgeman Art Library, 2008.
An outstanding archive of images drawn from collections throughout the world. Every subject, concept, style and medium is represented, from the masterpieces of national museums to the hidden treasures of private collections. Fine art as well as design, antiques, maps, architecture, furniture, glass, ceramics, anthropological artifacts and many others are featured in the collection.

The Chairman Smiles: Posters from the former Soviet Union, Cuba and China [International Institute of Social History]
Find thumbnail images, titles, bibliographic details with slogan translations, and brief commentaries on 145 historic Communist Party propaganda posters. The poster illustrations show how art was used to revise history and cultivate personality cults that surrounded Mao Zedong, Joseph Stalin, and Fidel Castro. Also find brief biographical information on the artists, and related links. description from ipl2

China Online Exhibitions-The Huntingdon Archive [The Ohio State University]

Four online ehxibits including posters from the Cultural Revolution, objects of jade, images representing the 5,000 year history of China, and original drawings of lianhuanhua or "linked pictures." Originally held at various locations the world over, these exhibits have been preserved in a digital format for research and teaching.

 



Picturing Power: Posters of the Cultural Revolution
An exhibit of 74 poster images from the Cultural Revolution in China. Each poster includes artist and date, if known, and a brief description. description from Librarians’ Internet Index

From Heaven and Earth: Chinese Jade in Context

A unique presentation of Chinese antiquities from the collections of a small group of central Ohio connoisseurs. This presentation provides insight into the history and development of one of East Asia's most vibrant and enduring cultures. The essays written for this website are intended to provide general information related to the objects in the exhibition, and to address some of the subjects and values that have both fascinated and perplexed Western audiences for generations. description from site

China 5,000 Years

Between 1850 and the present day, China's historic civilization has undergone a series of shocks and transformations that may be unprecedented in her history. The exhibition is organized around four of the most compelling of the multiple realities that Chinese artists have constructed for themselves over the past century and a half. Moving roughly chronologically, the exhibition begins with Innovations in Chinese Painting, 1850-1950; then, radical experiments in Western media in The Modernist Generations, 1920-1950; next to the development of socialist realism in Art for New China, 1950-1980; and concludes with Transformations of Tradition, 1980-the Present, an examination of current trends. description from site

Literature in Line: Lianhuanhua Picture Stories from China

Images of original drawings from fourteen lianhuanhua or "linked pictures" books produced in Shanghai between the early 1950s and 1985. The exhibition is divided into two parts. It begins with historical and mythological subjects, and progresses in the second section to modern subjects. description from site

 

Chinese Art - Smithsonian Institution [Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution]

"The Freer and Sackler galleries boast one of the finest museum collections of Chinese art outside of China, with over ten thousand objects dating from Neolithic times (ca. 7000–ca. 2000 B.C.E.) to the present. While the sheer number of items is impressive, it is their variety and quality that is truly remarkable, with nearly every medium and category of Chinese art represented." Browse or follow the China History interactive timeline. description from site

Chinese Jade [The British Museum]

"This tour illustrates examples showing the development of Chinese jade from around 5000 BC to the modern period. It notes that '[j]ade has always been the material most highly prized by the Chinese, above silver and gold.' Features images and descriptions of carved jade artifacts from various Chinese dynasties, and brief information about jade (which 'refers only to nephrite and jadeite'), and where it was found in early Chinese history."description from ipl2

Chinese Paper Gods    [C.V. Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University]

"The images in this collection were assembled in 1931 by a Christian missionary in Beijing (Peking). "The images are divided initially by usage: Those which were purchased to be burned immediately ... and those which were purchased to be displayed for a year" in areas such as the front door and kitchen. Also includes essays on New Year's prints, reading the images, and conservation." description from ipl2

Chinese Rubbings Collection [Fine Arts Library, Harvard College]
The rubbings were made from ancient stone stelae, tomb tablets, Buddhist and Daoist scriptures on stelae and rocks, as well as inscriptions and designs copied from bronze vessels, jade objects, ceramics, tomb bricks, and roof tiles, objects dating from the Qin Dynasty (221-207 BCE) to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 CE). Scholars have found these documents useful for studies in Chinese history, biography, epigraphy, Buddhist and Taoist art, fine arts, and calligraphy.

Chinese Seals [University of California, Merced, Library]
"Images of hundreds of pages from a 14-volume set of imprints of ancient Chinese seals. On each page is a carefully executed impression of a seal and drawing of the seal stone. Not annotated." description from ipl2

Chinese Traditional Painting [DVD], Guangzhou: Guangzhou yin xiang chu ban she, 2006.

Thomason Library, Lower Level: DVD 759.951 C441C
Presents two documentaries: Chinese traditional painting and Chinese Peking opera.

 



Peach Tree, Peonies, and Cranes
Shen Quan, 1682-1758 Qing Dynasty, hanging scroll, ink & color on silk, The Harry G. C. Packard Collection of Asian Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
ARTstor Image Database

Displaying the Forbidden: Images of China's Imperial Palaces [California Museum of Photography, University of California, Riverside]
A collection of over 200 photographs of "the Forbidden City [of Beijing, China] and environs, especially the New Summer Palace of the Empress Dowager," taken by Osvald Siren in the early 1920s. Search or browse by topic (architecture, landscape, sculpture, city, people, trees). Includes historical background of the Forbidden City, information on Siren, and a bibliography. description from ipl2


The Glory of Chinese Printing [Exhibition  presented in 1998 jointly by the Printing Museum of China and the Preparatory Committee for "The Glory of Chinese Printing"]
Containing hundreds of images, this extensive exhibit details the significance of printing in China, tracing its development from block printing to the invention of movable wood type, brass plates, and two-color techniques. Available in English and Chinese. The site may load slowly but is worth the wait.” description from ipl2

The Hedda Morrison Photographs of China, 1933-1946 [Harvard University Libraries]
A searchable collection of more than 5,000 photographs taken by Hedda Morrison "while a resident in Beijing from 1933 to 1946." Also includes a chronology, publications about the photographer, a selected bibliography, and a list of the contents of the photographer's albums. description from ipl2

Historical Chinese Postcard Project 1896-1920 [Institut d'Asie Orientale (IAO), Lyon, France]
Collection of ~460 digitized postcards
showing them, discussing what they are, who produced them and where, how they were used, their significance--in short, their historical context. Hopefully, this site will prove that postcards are indeed a tremendous visual resource on the late imperial and early republican periods in China. Take the short-cut to scanned images. Search tools are “under development.”

The Palace Museum             
Site contains virtual exhibitions including paintings, palace artifacts, antiques, sculpture, and more. Curator’s Pick link at bottom provides tabs to additional choices.

Red-Color News Soldier: A Chinese Photographer's Odyssey Through the Cultural Revolution [Li Zhensheng]
The black-and-white photographs in this traveling exhibit (2003-2005) of work by Li Zhensheng document Mao Zedong and the Cultural Revolution in China (1964-1976). Provides photo descriptions (mouse over images to view) and background information about the photographer and the project. In English and French. description from ipl2

Robert Henry Chandless Photographs [University of Washington Libraries]
A searchable collection of over 200 photographs of China in the early 1900s. Images include "tourist views of Peking and Tientsin; foreign legations and private residences of American, British and other diplomatic personnel; the wool industry in Tientsin; and contemporary views of the Boxer Rebellion (1900)." description from ipl2



Blocking Malicious Ghosts, pictograph manuscript, ink, paint and paper, 1500?-1934
Naxi Manuscript Collection, The Library of Congress


Selections from the Naxi Manuscript Collection [Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.]

Features ceremonial writings of the Naxi people of Yunnan Province, China. The LC Naxi collection is the largest outside of China and is considered one of the finest in the world. The Naxi language is the only pictographic writing system still in use today. This online presentation features 185 manuscripts, a 39½ -foot funerary scroll, and an annotated catalog of the entire collection.

 

Sidney D. Gamble Photographs [Duke University Libraries]

From 1908 to 1932, Sidney Gamble (1890-1968) visited China four times, traveling throughout the country to collect data for social-economic surveys and to photograph urban and rural life, public events, architecture, religious statuary, and the countryside. A sociologist, renowned China scholar, and avid amateur photographer, Gamble used some of the pictures to illustrate his monographs. The site currently features photographs dated between 1917 and 1932; the 1908 photographs will be digitized and uploaded as part of future additions to the site. Search or browse the collection.

Virtual Museum & Library [Chinese Historical and Cultural Project, City of San Jose, CA]
"Based in Santa Clara County, California, the CHCP was founded in 1987 as a non-profit organization to promote and preserve Chinese American and Chinese history and culture through community outreach activities." The museum has digitized numerous traditional Chinese materials in their collection as well as providing information on Chinese traditions.

 

A Visual Sourcebook of Chinese Civilization [Patricia Buckley Ebrey, Univ. of Washington, NEH]

"The goal of this "visual sourcebook" is to add to the material teachers can use to help their students understand Chinese history, culture, and society.  It was not designed to stand alone; we assume that teachers who use it will also assign a textbook with basic information about Chinese history." description from site's Purpose

Chinese Language   back to top

Concise English-Chinese, Chinese-English Dictionary, Commercial Press, c2004.
Thomason Library, Main Level, Reference: R 495.1 M317C

 

English Dictionary of Modern Usage = Dang dai Han Ying ci dian, Chinese, Xianggang Zhong wen da xue, 1999- .
Online version of Lin's "Chinese-English dictionary of modern usage," based on the first edition (1972). Features 8,169 head characters, 44,407 explanatory entries of grammatical usage and 40,379 entries of Chinese words and phrases. Users can search or browse the database in radical, Pinyin or English. Includes audio files (.wav) of pronunciation of Chinese characters.

Marjorie Chan’s China links

This website has annotated links to over six hundred China- and Chinese language and linguistics-related websites. The links have been selected and annotated with the aim of directing our (past and present) graduate and undergraduate students in Chinese -- as well as colleagues and other interested scholars -- to some useful internet resources.  Last revision 7/2005. Many broken links.

Chinese Characters in Pictures = Hua Shuo Han Zi, Hua yu jiao xue chu ban she, 2009, c2005.

Confucius Institute Library, Upper Level: Cf31.1

New Age Chinese English Dictionary = Xin shi dai Han Ying da ci dian , Shang wu yin shu guan, Beijing, 2000 (2007 printing).

Confucius Institute Library, Upper Level: Cf26.4 [4 copies]

Popular Chinese Expressions = Liu xing Han yu, Hua yu jiao xue chu ban she, Beijing, 2007.

Confucius Institute Library, Upper Level: new book

1700 Groups of Frequently used Chinese Synonyms = 1700 dui jin yi ci yu yong fa dui bi , Beijing yu yan wen hua da xue chu ban she, 2005.
Confucius Institute Library, Upper Level: Cf26.6 [5 copies]

Literature back to top

The Columbia History of Chinese Literature, Columbia University Press, c2001.

Thomason Library, Upper Level: 895.109 C723C

The Indiana Companion to Traditional Chinese Literature, Indiana University Press, c1986-c1998.

Thomason Library, Main Level, Reference: R 895.109 In2I [2 vols]

PoetrySky

The first Chinese and English bilingual poetry magazine, Poetry Sky, has been available online since 2005. Founded by U.S.-based poet Yidan Han, the website presents modern poetry in both English and Chinese, features interviews with poets, and includes sections for both poets and critics. From the main page, users can navigate to Poetry Quarterly, an online magazine, which features Chinese and English-language poetry in translation from a wide range of writers. Huiyin Lin and Qijiao Cai are among the Chinese poets whose work is featured on the site, while contemporary American poets featured here include Robert Creeley and Charles Wright. English-language poets whose work appears in Chinese translation include Sylvia Plath, Emily Dickinson, and Robert Frost. Short biographies of featured poets are presented in Chinese and English. Teachers and students of translation would also find a great deal of classroom material in this unusual online resource. description from Intuite

The board of advisors of PoetrySky includes Robert Bly, David Young, Xie Mian, Hsia Ching, Ziqing Zhang, Quek Yong Siu and Yunhe who are well-known poets, critics and translators. description from site

Philosophy back to top

A Dictionary of Asian Mythology  [Oxford Reference Online] Oxford University Press, 2001.

Features stories of revered deities, sacred places, key events and epics, with many recurring themes and traditions. Entries address the key mythologies of the regions we now call India, China, Tibet, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, and Japan, and broad overviews of specific cultures and their mythic traditions round out the coverage.

 

The Oxford Companion to Philosophy  [Oxford Reference Online], Oxford University Press, 2005.

Gives clear and reliable guidance to all areas of philosophy and to the ideas of all notable philosophers from antiquity to the present day.

 

The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy  [Oxford Reference Online], Oxford University Press, 2005.

This e-book contains terms from the related fields of religion, science, and logic. Includes 500 biographies of famous and influential philosophers and covers the most recent terms and concepts from Western philosophical traditions, as well as Chinese philosophy.

 

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy  An online philosophy reference work

Most of the articles in the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy are original contributions by specialized philosophers around the internet; these are identifiable by the author's name at the foot of the article. Others are temporary, or "proto articles," and have largely been adapted from public domain sources. They are identifiable by the inclusion of the initials IEP at the close, and will in time be replaced by original articles.


Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy  [The Metaphysics Research Lab, Stanford University]

A dynamic reference work in which each entry is maintained and kept up to date by an expert or group of experts in the field. All entries and updates are referred by the members of a distinguished editorial board before they are made public.

Taoism Virtual Library

"A directory of annotated links to Web resources on Taoism, including translations of the I Ching, the Sun-Tzu Art of War, and the Tao Te Ching . Other sections provide links to resources on acupuncture, feng shui, martial arts (specifically tai chi), and Chinese philosophy." description from ipl2

Religion back to top

 

A Dictionary of Buddhism  [Oxford Reference Online], Oxford University Press, 2004.

This dictionary features broad-ranging entries on the history and doctrines of the major Buddhist schools, the spread of Buddhism in Asia and the West, and contemporary issues such as human rights, abortion, euthanasia, and the role of women in Buddhist teachings.


Encyclopedia of Religion  [GVRL] Macmillan Reference USA, 2005.

Also available in print:

Main Level, Reference: R 200.3 En19E [15 vols]

 

Religion in China [Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life]
"… a variety of resources on religion in China and Asia, including reports, event transcripts, polling data and news clips." Some of the topics include Pentecostalism in Asia, Christianity in South Korea, and "Religion in China on the Eve of the 2008 Beijing Olympics." Includes related links. description from ipl2

Religions and Religious Life in China, China Intercontinental Press, 2004.

Confucius Institute Library, Upper Level: Cf61.7


 


Taoist Priest's Robe, detail, 1850-1900,
silk & satin weave, The Philadelphia Museum of Art,
ARTstor Image Database

Social Sciences  
Education back to top

Ministry of Education [People’s Republic of China]
Policy, News, Statistics and more at this site. English translation is available but not always cooperative. Be persistent and you can view some stats. Listing may be in Chinese but clicking on items will display them in English if you’ve asked for English.

 

Asia for Educators
With contributions from some of the top Asia scholars at Columbia and other universities, users may peruse timelines, reading lists and curriculum integration charts. The site is focused mostly on East Asia and is appropriate for those teaching upper secondary school or college prep. description from ipl2

 

Wah Ching Centre of Research on Education in China [The University of Hong Kong]
Includes Vision Statement and Aims, China education news, articles from Chinese Education and Society journal, working papers, publications, and links.
Chinese Education and Society is available through Journal Finder from 7/1/1993 to the present.

Government & Politics back to top

China Policy Institute [School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, University of Nottingham, UK]

The CPI is an academic research think tank based at the University of Nottingham. Its purpose is to study the role of China in the contemporary world, its relations with Western nations and the challenges faced by its rapid economic development. The website provides information about the aims of the centre and its current work. It includes free access to a growing collection of online publications from approximately 2005 onwards. These include: China Analysis (timely comment on Chinese politics, economic and social affairs), policy papers and discussion papers. Topics covered include Chinese politics, change and reform within the Chinese communist party and government, economic and trade developments, international relations and security. description from Intute

Chinese Military Power  [Project on Defense Alternatives of the Commonwealth Institute]
This is "a gateway to full-text online resources concerning China's military policy, capabilities, and potential. The site also addresses relevant domestic political and economic factors, the military balance in East Asia, and U.S. policy toward China." There are references and resource links by an array of scholars from conservative and liberal think tanks and from different sectors of academia.
description from ipl2

Chinese Politics [CNN In-Depth Reports]

This site provides access to news headlines, video film clips and reports about recent stories in Chinese politics from CNN news. It includes coverage of the leadership and policies of the Chinese communist party, foreign policy, relations with the USA, human rights policy and democracy in China. Other key themes include Chinese relations with Taiwan, Hong Kong and Tibet. The main emphasis is upon current news.

A Political and Economic Introduction to China [United Kingdom, House of Commons]

Full-text of the House of Commons library research paper 06/36 which was published in June 2006 in three parts. The first contains basic economic and political statistics about ChinaThe second considers questions about whether China's communist government and authoritarianism is sustainable, whether development can be peaceful and the impact of Chinese development upon the world economy. The final section examines UK and Chinese relations and relations between China and the EU. The full-text is in PDF format. description from Intute

The Statesman's Yearbook: The Politics, Cultures, and Economies of the World, Macmillan Publishers, Ltd. 2009.           

Thomason Library, Main Level, Reference Desk: RR 305 St2 2010

Includes information on recent elections, current administration, defense, and international relations each year. Current issue is available on the Ready Reference shelf at the Reference Desk.

 

History back to top

Cambridge histories online

A dynamic online resource, being continually updated with new volumes taken from the print series as soon as they become available. Includes The Cambridge History of China in 15 volumes.

China: 50 years of Communism [BBC]

This compilation of stories from 1999 "looks back at the birth of the People's Republic and takes stock of what the future might hold." Features information on topics such as the legacy of Mao Zedong and the Long March, private lives (cyberspace and Falun Gong), and China's foreign policy fears.  Also includes a glossary with terms such as the Cultural Revolution, Gang of Four, and Tiananmen Square. description from ipl2

 

 

Chinese Cultural Studies: Web Sites [Paul Halsall]

A collection of websites on China, other East Asian countries and countries of the Middle East covering history, culture, arts and women. The Internet History Sourcebooks Project [IHSP] is a world wide web project designed to provide easy access to primary sources and other teaching materials in a non-commercial environment.  It was developed and is edited by Paul Halsall of Fordham University with the aid of numerous other contributors.

Chronology of the People's Republic of China, 1949-1984, distributed by China International Book Trading Corp. (Guoji Shudian), 1986.

Thomason Library, Main Level, Reference: R 951 C421C2

Dictionary of Chinese History,  F. Cass, 1979.
Thomason Library, Main Level, Reference:
R 951.003 D587D

Historical Dictionary of Modern China (1800-1949).[eBook] James Z. Gao. Scarecrow Press, 2009.

Historical Dictionary of Modern Chinese Literature.[eBook] Li-hua Ying. Scarecrow Press, 2010.

Modern China: An Encyclopedia of History, Culture, and Nationalism, Garland Publishers, 1998.
Thomason Library, Main Level, Reference:
R 951.003 M72M

Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China's First Emperor [National Geographic]

Uncovered in 1974, the Terra Cotta Warriors have been called the greatest archaeological discovery of the 20th century. View a slide show of terracotta figures and tomb artifacts, the largest travelling exhibit ever in the United States.

 

Timeline and Maps [A Visual Sourcebook of Chinese History]

"The goal of this "visual sourcebook" is to add to the material teachers can use to help their students understand Chinese history, culture, and society. To help keep the chronology and geography straight, we have included many maps and a timeline." description from site's Purpose

 


Sciences  
Environment/Energy back to top

China Environment Forum [Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars]

Since 1997, the China Environment Forum has been active in creating programming and publications to encourage dialog among U.S. and Chinese scholars, policymakers, businesses, and nongovernmental organizations on environmental and energy challenges in China.

Established by an act of Congress in 1968, the Wilson Center is our nation's official living memorial to President Woodrow Wilson. As both a distinguished scholar—the only American President with a Ph.D.—and a national leader, Wilson felt strongly that the scholar and the policymaker were "engaged in a common enterprise." It is a nonpartisan institution, supported by public and private funds, engaged in the study of national and world affairs. The Center establishes and maintains a lively, neutral forum for free and informed dialogue.

China Environment [National Public Radio]
Radio programs on NPR concerning the environment leading up to the Beijing Olympics.  

China-Environmental Issues [CountryWatch]
Provides a general overview, current environmental issues, and more.

China from the Inside [DVD], PBS Home Video, [2007].
Thomason Library, Lower Level: DVD 951.06 C441C

Part three of this 240 minute DVD, Shifting Nature, follows an attempt to clean up a Chinese river, as well as looking at other environmental challenges in China.

China Geological Survey [Chinese Ministry of Land and Natural Resources, Beijing]

The official site of the China Geological Survey (CGS) describes the main duties and roles of the CGS within mineral exploration, assessment of mineralogical resources, geological investigation and dissemination of research in China. Users can access information regarding geology, mineralogy and engineering approaches to mineral extraction, as well as information on environmental and hydro-geology. description from Intute

 

China’s Energy Statistics [U.S. Department of Energy]

Data through 2009 including total and crude oil production, oil consumption, natural gas production and consumption, coal production and consumption, electricity generation and consumption, primary energy, energy intensity, CO2 emissions and imports and exports for all fuels. description from ipl2

 

China.org.cn: Environment [China International Publishing Group and the State Council Information Office, Beijing]
Country environmental news "provides facts and figures, government structure, feature articles.”
The China Internet Information Center offers broad access to up-to-date news about China, with searchable texts of government position papers and a wealth of basic information about Chinese history, politics, economics and culture. Available in several languages.

Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy [GVRL]
Examines the philosophical and ethical issues underlying contemporary and historical environmental issues, policies, and debates. Covers concepts, institutions, topics, events and people, including global climate change, animal rights, environmental movements, alternative energy, green chemistry, industrial ecology, and eco-sabotage. A simple search for China finds an overview for the country and other general overviews like desertification, agriculture, and hunger, which mention China (word highlighted with red text). Articles have extensive bibliographies.

The Future of Green Business in China [Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars film @ FORA.tv]

Powering China's Development: the Role of Renewable Energy, Worldwatch Institute, c2007.

Thomason Library, Upper Level: 333.790951 M366P

 

 

 

Medicine back to top

China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine (CATCM)

Inaugurated on December 19, 1955, CATCM is the largest and most important national center for research, health care and teaching in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) at the present time. In cooperation with the World Health Organization, the Academy has established 3 collaborating centers for traditional medicine, acupuncture and moxibustion, and Chinese materia medica in recent years. Specialists and scholars of the Academy have been constantly sent abroad for lectures, advanced studies and attending international academic conferences. At the same time, medical experts from more than 100 countries and regions have been invited to the academy for visits and lectures.

Chinese Medicine journals

Browse recent online issues of three journals at PC through Journal Finder. Select from  American Journal of Chinese Medicine, Chinese Medicine, or Journal of Chinese Medicine and click on the Online access computer icon then choose a database noting dates available in the right-hand column. Look for articles in “full-text” or “.pdf” format.  Databases that include these journals can be searched on the Library web site using specific terms of interest.

 

Environment, Science, Technology and Health Website [Embasy of the United States, Beijing, China]

Click in right frame for more info on ESTH topics (air quality, clean energy and climate change, forests, wildlife and conservation, health, nuclear power, toxics, and water) and publications.

 

The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine  [GVRL], Gale, 2005.
Identifies 150 types of alternative medicine being practiced today, including reflexology, acupressure, acupuncture, chelation therapy, kinesiology, yoga, chiropractic, Feldenkrais, polarity therapy, detoxification, naturopathy, Chinese medicine, biofeedback, Ayurveda and osteopathy. For the practitioner or interested patient, there are current training requirements, listings of organizations, as well as descriptions of treatments.

 

History of Medicine and Culture in China [John Hopkins]

Seeks to deepen understanding of medicine, health, and disease in Chinese history and to engage critically with the widespread practice of Chinese medicine throughout the world today.

Traditional Chinese Medicine [NIH, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine]
NCCAM is
the U.S. Federal Government's lead agency for scientific research on the diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine. Check out specific CAM health topics in NCCAMs A-Z list.


Locating Books    
THOMCAT   back to top

THOMCAT - Use the online catalog to locate books in Thomason Library. You can search by author, title, keyword, or subject.

  • Search for a person, as AUTHOR or SUBJECT, with last name, first name:              
 

Mao, Zedong [as AUTHORby Mao

 
  Mao, Zedong [as SUBJECT] about Mao  
  • SUBJECT searching requires use of Library of Congress subject headings. The terms below are examples of THOMCAT subject headings related to China:
               
  China-Buddhism
  China-Civilization
  China-Economic Conditions
  Chinese Literature-History And Criticism
  Chinese Poetry-Tang Dynasty, 618 907
  Communism-China
  Folklore-China
   
 
Note: Subjects may be narrowed by era or date, geographic area, or by material type
  • Materials available in the Confucius Institute Library on the study of Chinese Language may also be found with a subject search:
  Chinese Characters
  Chinese Language
  Chinese Language-Readers
  Chinese Language-Study and Teaching-Elementary
   
 
Note: Call #s for Confucius Institute Library materials
begin with
Cf

Subject searching is an effective and precise method of searching the catalog, however, KEYWORD searching has benefits, also.

  • Try a KEYWORD if you are unsure of the exact title or the correct subject heading to use. Search using two or three of the most significant words from the title or subject you are trying to find. Place phrases in "quotation marks."

  • Connect words with AND, OR, NOT to focus your search.
  • Try truncation at the end of a word stem to retrieve singular, plural, and other variations of the word.  Use an asterisk (*) to truncate from 1 to 5 characters. Use a double asterisk (**) to include word endings with an unlimited number of characters.
KEYWORD Searching Tips


· Use AND between words to narrow your search:
export AND China

· Use OR between words to expand your search and
group these words with parentheses:
(export* OR trade) AND China

· Add * to the root of a word to truncate or expand a term:
export* = exported, exports, exporting, exportation

· Use NOT to eliminate a term from your search:
(export* OR trade) AND China NOT Hong Kong

Beware truncating short words tax* = taxi, taxes, taxonomy

These TIPS can also be used for searching in other library catalogs
and in article databases.

 

eBooks back to top

EBSCO eBook Academic Collection 
Over 80,000 electronic books covering a wide range of academic disciplines.

EBSCO eBook Collection

Approximatley 8,000 electronic books covering a vast array of topics and themes.

ebrary eBook Collection 
Approximatley 70,000 electronic books covering a vast array of topics and themes.

 

PASCAL/WorldCat/I.L.L. back to top


  PASCAL

If you need additional materials that are not available at Thomason Library, try your search here to
find books at other academic libraries in SC
. Through PASCAL Delivers, you can order books online for delivery within 3-4 working days. This service for current PC students, faculty, and staff is a project of PASCAL- Partnership Among SC Academic Libraries. Borrowers will be notified by e-mail when requested items arrive at Thomason Library. Click here for searching and ordering tips.

WorldCat

A catalog of books and materials at libraries worldwide. Try searching here to find ALL books available on a topic. Materials available at Thomason Library are highlighted and others can be borrowed through ILL or searched in PASCALCAT.

Interlibrary Loan - ILL is available to PC students, faculty and staff in order to share resources between libraries. Click link for instructions.

 

Locating Articles  
Journal/Newspaper Article Databases and Websites back to top

China-CountryWire News Archive [CountryWatch]

Filter by country and month/year

China Daily [print newspaper]

Mail Level, Periodicals

English language newspaper from China

China Heritage Quarterly [Chinese Heritage Project, Australian National University]

An academic ejournal which is freely available in full-text. Article titles include: 'Zhai, the Scholar's Studio'; 'The Goldfish Ponds of Old Beijing, oral history interview'; and 'The Islamic Heritage in China', among others. The journal partners with Probe to offer the interactive maps that accompany some articles. The journal is in English, and will be useful for those seeking quality information about Chinese heritage and history, especially that of Beijing. The journal also offers 'Conference Reports, Book Reviews and Recent Monographs'.

China.org.cn: China Internet Information Center [China International Publishing Group and the State Council Information Office, Beijing]
The China Internet Information Center offers broad access to up-to-date news about China, with searchable texts of government position papers and a wealth of basic information about Chinese history, politics, economics and culture. Available in several languages. description from site

Chinese Literature:  Essays, Articles, and Reviews = Chung-kuo wen hsüeh [JSTOR]

The only Western-language journal devoted to Chinese literature. CLEAR is published annually with support from the University of Wisconsin. Each issue contains five-seven essays and articles on various aspects of traditional and modern literature and about the same number of detailed reviews, all in English. Scholarly notes and brief notices of books also appear in many issues. description from JSTOR

Chinese Medicine journals

Browse recent online issues of three journals at PC through Journal Finder. Select from  American Journal of Chinese Medicine, Chinese Medicine, or Journal of Chinese Medicine and click on the Online access computer icon then choose a database noting dates available in the right-hand column. Look for articles in “full-text” or “.pdf” format.  Databases that include these journals can be searched on the Library web site using specific terms of interest.

Chinese Studies in History

Contains translations of articles from Chinese sources, primarily scholarly journals, dealing with issues related to Chinese history.

Early Medieval China  [Early Medieval China Group, University of Florida]

Articles cover a variety of historical, archaeological and religious topics, including: Daoist celestial deities; eastern Jin epitaphic stones; an archaeological study of Taiyi worship; and the character of the aristocracy in medieval China. Each edition of the journal also features book reviews, and some include topic-based bibliographies and reports on conferences and events in the field. Although the website is infrequently updated, the freely accessible online articles remain a valuable resource for scholars of early China.

Inside China Today [EIN digital news]
Comprehensive News site for China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, updated daily.description from ipl2

Online Newspapers: CHINA

Links to over 35 newspapers from China in Chinese, English, and other languages.

SCMP.com [South China Morning Post]
Online presence of Hong Kong's oldest and leading English language daily newspaper (founded in 1903). Calling itself "Asia's leading English news channel," this site is the place to go for the local views on what is going on in Asia. description from ipl2


Journal Finder back to top

Journal Finder [Presbyterian College]

Browse Journals by Title (full text) by entering a specific title in the Browse from box. Choose the title you seek from the results by clicking on the title. Dates available for Full Text Resources Online are noted on the right. Choose a database based on the date you need, click the link for that database, then select the year, volume, and issue you seek*. Contents of the journal issues are usually in page number order. Click on full-text, html, or pdf to view articles. [*Exception is the LexisNexis database: articles must be searched from scratch in this database.]

 

DVDs at the Library
DVD collection back to top

 

 

China: A Century of Revolution, Zeitgeist Films, c2007.
Thomason Library, Lower Level:
DVD 951.04 C441C [3 disc]
A powerful look at China's most tumultuous century following the fall of its last emperor in 1911. Features unprecedented access to archival footage, photographs, historic records, and actual Chinese citizens who lived through the century.

 

China from the Inside, PBS Home Video, [2007].

Thomason Library, Lower Level: DVD 951.06 C441C

A documentary on how history has shaped the Chinese, and where the present is taking them. Deals with the governance of China; talks about the past and future for Chinese women; looks at China's environmental challenges; explores China's conflict between personal freedom and governance.

 

China Rises, Discovery Channel: Distributed exclusively by Image Entertainment, [2008].

Thomason Library, Lower Level: DVD 330.951 C441C [2 disc]
“Experience … the rapid evolution of the world’s most populous nation from a secluded land of mystery to an economic powerhouse welcoming the modern world.” A four-part series on two discs narrated by Michael Murphy.

amazon.com

 

Manufactured Landscapes, Zeitgeist Films, [2007].

Thomason Library, Lower Level: DVD 779 M319M

Follows photographer Edward Burtynsky, internationally acclaimed for his large-scale photographs of nature transformed by industry, as he travels through China photographing the effects of that country's massive industrial revolution.

 

Confucius Institute back to top

Be sure to check THOMCAT, the library catalog, for Chinese language materials

like these below, which are available in the Confucius Institute Library on the upper level in Rm 212.

 

Chongqing; Sichuan = The Chongqing Municipality [DVD]; Sichuan Province, 2007.

Confucius Institute Library, Upper Level: Cf77.1

 

Yunnan = Yunnan Province ; Guizhou = Guizhou Province [DVD], 2007.
Confucius Institute Library, Upper Level: Cf77.2

China Documentary Television Program series on landscape, scenery, opera, folk, and dance.

Confucius Institute Library, Upper Level

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