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Chinese Studies

  • Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS)
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    The Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS) contains over 737,175 records (as of July 9, 2009) on all subjects (especially in the humanities and the social sciences) pertaining to East, Southeast, and South Asia published worldwide from 1971 to the present. Through the 1991 printed version, the BAS included citations to Western-language periodical articles, monographs, chapters in edited volumes, conference proceedings, anthologies, and Festschriften, etc. Monographs published since 1992 have not been added to the database, and users seeking such monographs are urged to consult other general resources and databases (RLIN, OCLC, etc.). The online BAS offers users various methods for seeking citations. A separate screen allows users to set their preferences for displaying and downloading data in different formats and character encodings. The BAS is updated regularly, with batch posting of thousands of new entries in each upload.
  • China Academic Journals, series G, H and F
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    Full-text articles from 1244 Chinese journal titles (a limited number in English) in the areas of education, general social sciences, economics, politics, law, history, literature, and philosophy and dating from 1994 to present. Retrospective articles, dating back as far as 1915, are included for 27 journal titles.
  • China Data Online
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    Chinese statistical sources, including China-wide, provincial and city statistical yearbooks, census data, economic development indicators, and some mapped data.

    Please note that USC does not have access to DemographicsNowChina and DemographicsNowUS.

  • China: Trade, Politics and Culture, 1793-1980
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    Sources from the School of Oriental and African Studies and the British Library, London.
  • Chinese Studies Online
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    Full-text Chinese journal articles (2035 titles), conference papers (775,450 titles), dissertations (360,552 dissertations), legislation and law from PRC (282,662 records), in a wide range of subject areas and dating from 1997 to the present.
  • Contemporary China Series (Gale Virtual Reference Library)
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    Contemporary China is the first and also the most authoritative magnum opus that details the history of the People's Republic of China since 1949. The series consists of 152 titles in 210 volumes, with a total word count of 100 million Chinese characters and 30,000 pieces of illustrations. The series is organized around three broad categories -- industries, sectors, and regions -- and falls under 23 subjects, such as Politics and Society, Mass Organizations, Foreign Relations, Economics, Transportation and Communication, Science and Technology, and National Defense and Military.
  • Guoxuebaodian (Treasures of Chinese Classics)
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    Several thousand Full-text Chinese classics covering literature, arts, drama, history, philosophy, military, medicine, etc.
  • Oxford Dictionaries Online
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    OLDO provides fully searchable, completely comprehensive bilingual dictionaries, and unique study materials. It features over 4 million words, phrases, and translations. Includes Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish into and out of English with pronounciation software.
  • Siku Quanshu
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    Siku Quanshu (Wenyuange Edition)Siku Quanshu Online is undisputed as the single largest collection of literary works in the world. Compiled by edict of China's Emperor Qianlong during the period from 1773 - 1782 its title translates to Complete Library in Four Branches of Literature. True to its name it includes 3,460 works with a total of more than 36,000 volumes.
    Please note that you need to download the client program in order to access the database.

    1 user access.
  • USC Digital Library
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    The USC Digital Library (USCDL) is the digital repository for original research materials which have been selected for archiving by the Libraries. Content made available by the USCDL facilitates new and creative opportunities for scholarship and teaching by providing enhanced access to materials which feature and highlight the Libraries' holdings or from non-Library held collections identified in collaboration with members of the USC academic community. Accordingly, the USCDL provides a wealth of primary and original source material in a variety of formats. These may include, but are not limited to USC theses and dissertations; photographs; rare books, or portions thereof; manuscripts; source documents; sound recordings; moving images; data sets; 'born digital' documents; and digital representations of physical objects. USCDL content can be licensed or sub-licensed to parties outside of USC.