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).
Developed by the Chinese Buddhist Electronic Text Association (CBETA), the website provides free browsing and downloading of a digital collection of Buddhist texts, including most editions of the Tripitaka. Registration might be necessary for better access.
A collection of traditional and excavated ancient Chinese texts. It includes five full-text databases: 1. Oracular inscriptions on tortoise shells and bones; 2. Bronze inscriptions; 3. Excavated texts on silk books and bamboo slips; 4. Traditional texts from Pre-Qin to the end of the Han dynasty (pre-220 A.D.) Traditional Chinese texts; 5. Traditional Chinese texts of Wei Jin and Northern and Southern Dynasties (220-589 A.D.). To use this resource click on the ""For IP User Only"" button on the login page. Access through MS Windows is preferred.
Five full-text databases: 1. Oracular Inscriptions on Tortoise Shells and Bones; 2. Bronze Inscriptions; 3. Excavated Wood/Bamboo and Silk Scripts; 4. The Entire Body of Extant Han and Pre-Han (pre-220 A.D.) Traditional Chinese Texts; 5. Traditional Chinese Texts of Wei Jin and Northern and Southern Dynasties (220-589 A.D.).
On the first screen, click the ""For IP User Only"" button. Requires Microsoft Windows 2000/XP or above and Internet Explorer 6.0 or above.
It is the database that has the most comprehensive coverage of Chinese Classics. Only user can access it at one time. The old Chinese gazetteer database can also be accessed from the same interface. Use traditional characters to search.
This is the digital version of 古今图书集成, the most comprehensive encyclopedia compiled in late imperial China by 陈梦雷(1650-1741). The 10,000 juan work also has a separate 40 juan catalogue. It is divided into 6 sub-collections and 32 categories (6编32典). The database can only be searched with traditional Chinese characters.
This project is a web-based e-text system designed to present ancient Chinese texts, particularly those relating to Chinese philosophy in a well-structured and properly cross-referenced manner. It uses the electronic medium to aid in the study and understanding of these texts.
This database was developed by the Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica in Taiwan. It comprises more than 688 titles of classic Chinese works. Users can browse subjects and titles using the traditional Chinese classification system. It is freely accessible.
This is an aggregated website that is composed of several important databases of digitized Chinese classic texts, mostly in history and literature. Most of the sources are freely available, though users need to apply for access to use some databases.
The database of Chinese classic literature was developed by Prof. Chen Yufu of the Dongwu University of Taiwan. It allows for the browsing and full-text searching of 13 Classics, Pre-Qin philosophers' works, Tang Poetry, etc. The database can only be searched with traditional Chinese characters.
The database consists of 504 original works (3,134 volumes) , which were published by the Commercial Press during the early 20th Century. The selected works are regarded as the finest editions through the ages. This database can be accessed from the East Asian Library's web site.
This is the electronic version of the Wenyuange 文渊阁 edition of Si ku quan shu (1782), which is comprised of 3, 460 titles and more than 36,000 volumes of important ancient works. The database only works with Internet Explorer. It can be accessed from the East Asian Library's website. The database can only be searched with traditional Chinese characters.
The full text database is based on a large set of print books, 595 titles that were originally published between 1957 and 1972. It includes local histories, official documents of the Ming, Qing and Nan Ming Dynasties. Also included are poems and private collections.
The Digital Public Library of America is a virtual library, which brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, museums and makes them freely available to the world. 13,986 Chinese books are searchable from this portal.
A digital repository providing long-term preservation and access services for public domain and in copyright content from a variety of sources, including Google, the Internet Archive, Microsoft, and in-house partner institution initiatives. (Hathi Trust)
Pronounced "hah-tee", this cooperative system contains millions of books scanned from UC and other major research libraries, including those digitized by Google and the Internet Archive. Search on information about the book (such as author or title), or words in the text. Full text is available for items that are not protected by copyright. Anyone can view public domain materials but to download a .pdf to a laptop or flash-drive, users need a login/password which is their CalnetID/password. Items in the HathiTrust catalog can be grouped into collections and shared online. For details, see the FAQ page.
Internet Archive searches and displays the full-text of books and other texts on many subjects, mostly published before 1923. This archive was created in part by the Open Content Alliance, which includes the University of California. All materials are in the public domain. Numerous titles about China, in both English and Chinese languages are available through the database.
Ebook platform with access to hundreds academic publishers. The individual ebooks in this collection are also listed in OskiCat and Melvyl.
A database of more than 77,000 complete e-books covering 16 key subject areas including: business and economics, computers and IT, literature and linguistics, history, political science, and more. (These e-books are also listed in OskiCat and Melvyl.)
This is a cooperative project with contributions from many libraries in China and the west. There are many volumes of ancient Chinese books and books published in the Republican Period in this collection. You have to register first to have access to this database. This might be difficult for users from institutions that are not current contributors, such as Berkeley.
The National Library of China has digitized 15,028 titles of books published during the Chinese Republican Period (1911-1949). The full-text titles can be viewed online in the library of if you are a registered user.
About 6, 868 titles of old Chinese gazetteers, from the Ming, Qing and Republican Periods were digitized by the National Library of China for this collection. However, the full-text items in the library can only be viewed if you are a registered user.
Duxiu provides full-text access to millions of Chinese books, journals, yearbooks, newspapers, theses, conference proceedings, videos and web pages published in mainland China. It gives bibliographic information for all materials in its collection and provides online document delivery service for book chapters and journal articles.
This online digital archive of Ming Qing Women's Writings currently contains digitized images of 161 collections of writings by women that are in the holdings of participating libraries (Harvard Yenching Library, Peking University Library, Sun Yat-sen University Library, National Library of China, East China Normal University Library). More than 200 collections in the National Library of China are being digitized and will be added to the digital archive in the next two years.