Chinese studies (pre- 1949): Reference tools/works
This is a general subject guide for graduate students or undergraduate students in upper division who are enrolled in the Chinese studies program, or for those who take classes and/or have research interest on pre- 1949 China (especially Sinology).
This tool, developed by the Dharma Drum Buddhist College, covers the period from 220 BC to 1912 AD. It can also convert years from the Chinese calendar into western, Japanese and Korean years, and from western to Chinese, Japanese and Korean years.
This dictionary presents an alphabetical list in Wade-Giles of 8,000 official government posts from the Zhou to the late Qing Dynasties (ca. 1850). It translates and provides an explanation of the historical context and functions of each position.
This is the most up-to-date reference tool on Chinese antiquities, compiled by specialists from numerous disciplines in more than five years. It contains 16,400 entries, with 3,300 colorful illustrations.
This is by far the best Chinese language dictionary on Buddhism, and is divided into 13 topics on Buddhism, Buddhist teachings and beliefs. Entries can be searched by stroke, pinyin and four-corner indices.
This online relational database has biographical information on approximately 328,000 individuals as of October, 2013, who are primarily from the 7th through the 19th centuries. The data is meant to be useful for statistical, social network and spatial analysis as well as serving as a kind of biographical reference.
This database was developed by the Academia Sinica of Taiwan. It contains about 15,000 historical names that appear in the Grand Secretariat and Grand Council archives. They are searchable by personal names and variants, place of birth and cross reference, etc.
This is an online index tool to search from 1,200 chronicles of 1,000 literati in Chinese history. It is based on the print series published by the Beijing Library and can be searched by personal name or the title of the chronicle.
This database can be used to search 335 Chinese clan genealogies (more than 22,000 titles, 111,000 volumes), held in the Shanghai Library. Online full-text viewing of the genealogies is only possible in the Shanghai library.
This is a compilation of epitaphs from the Three Kingdoms period through the Qing Dynasty, which were unearthed from the Qing to the Republican Period. It also includes 122 inscriptions on bricks discovered from Gaochang 高昌 by Hang Wenbi 黄文弼 in the 1930s. Each epitaph or inscription has its own entry, which contains an introduction, annotation and a rubbing of the object.