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Libraries for Chinese Studies

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This guide provides a starting point for your research on contemporary Chinese studies on Berkeley campus. If you have in-depth questions, suggestions for this guide, or would like to schedule a instruction session, set up an appointment for research consultation, please contact me at


The Library’s collections concentrate on the humanities and social sciences. Materials range from full-text electronic databases, books, periodicals and newspapers, to some special collections. Materials formerly in Berkeley’s Center for Chinese Studies Library and now in the Starr’s general collection provide a rich resource for the study of contemporary China: thousands of  contemporary films; comprehensive provincial and local gazetteers; and, in the series Wen shi zi liao, over 12,000 volumes of first-person accounts of political movements, military actions, and economic conditions that China witnessed between late Qing dynasty and the early decades of the People’s Republic. The Library also has an extensive collection of electronic resources for Chinese studies.

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The East Asian Library uses two different classification system. Before 1980 the C. V. Starr East Asian Library used the Harvard-Yenching Classification System was used before 1980, Library of Congress Classification System was used after 1980.


E-resources Librarian, EAL

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Susan Xue
Subjects: Chinese Studies