Mar 18 2015

Trial to SinoWeb

March 18, 2015. Princeton users have until April 1st a trial access to the Sinica Sinoweb database. This database gives access to past and (if applicable) current issues to the following Sinological periodicals published in Taiwan (mostly from the Academia Sinica):

中央研究院歷史語言研究所集刊, 中央研究院中國文哲研究集刊, 中央研究院近代史研究所集刊, 中央研究院近代中國婦女史研究, 中央研究院口述歷史期刊, 中央研究院近代中國史研究通訊, 中央研究院臺灣人類學刊, 中央研究院臺灣史研究, 漢學研究, 思与言, 鵝湖學誌, 鵝湖月刊, 食貨月刊, 民俗曲藝

Access to the trial is at; for the trial, you have to be on campus, or use VPN for remote log-in. Note that there are other databases of that company listed in the left-hand column to which we do not have access.

The very first page seems to acquire a password; it doesn’t, just search after selecting the journal you want to search: it only lets you know you are an authorized user after search results are obtained. Results give hits first, then snippets. Only after looking at a snippet, you’ll see the option for downloading the whole article.


Mar 18 2015

Trials to three Japanese databases

March 13, 2015. Princeton users have trial access to the following 3 Japanese databases

A Nihon bungaku web toshokan : Waka & haikai Library

This database is specialized for waka and haikai. The contents are:

  1. Shinpen Kokka taikan (新編国歌大観)
  2. Shinpen Shikashū taisei (新編私家集大成)
  3. Koten haibungakū taikei(古典俳文学大系)
  4. Kaso shūsei (歌書集成) including San’itsu kashūgire taisei(散佚歌集切集成)and Shūi gensō wakashū (拾遺現藻和歌集)


Special instructions are provided. You will need to access the site and download a viewer. To access the database, please use the ID and passwords below.

ID                            Password

prn0001            GdSub7E5
prn0002            oo2rTp6J
prn0003            xFqmjZpm
prn0004            jWshtYx0
prn0005            VHAjEyyz

B. Nihon Kindai Bungakukan  Takita Choin kyuzō Kindai sakka genkō (日本近代文学館 滝田樗陰旧蔵 近代作家原稿集).

A manuscript collection of modern writers who involved with Takita Choin, the chief editor of Chuō Korōn, such as Tokuda Shusei, Tokutomi Soho, and Satomi Ton.  The collection contains 209 titles of manuscripts which revising and polishing work can be traced. Please access at:

C WhoPlus

A Who’s who which contains total 610,000 of biographical information on historical and contemporary people. The database links to MagazinePlus which enables to find citations and links to the person’s works.

Please access from Nichigai Web Service below.


ID: WDD18386

PW: WDD18386


Please let Setsuko Noguchi know what you think!

Feb 05 2015

Expansion of the Zhongguo fang zhi ku

February 5, 2015. The already previously available Zhongguo fang zhi ku database (from Airusheng = Erudition) has doubled in size: it now includes 4,000 of the estimated 10,000 extant pre-1949 local gazetteers. This database is fully text-searchable.

Users should note that the intermediate page shows a red heji 合集, combined, icon, as well as separate icons for each of the scheduled five parts of the database (of which parts 3-5 have not yet appeared.) One should only click on that combined icon; clicking on the separate parts will result in a note stating “not purchased.”

The database is at There are limited concurrent users; please try again after some time if not available at a particular time. As with all Airusheng/Erudition databases, check first the radio button of your desired database, then click on login, and the icon of the database. Not all databases shown are available!


Jan 12 2015

Trial to the Japan Times, 1897-2013

Published by under Databases,Japanese

January 13, 2015. Princeton users have trial access to the Japan Times Archives, until February 11th. Details are as follow:


Title: Japan Times Archives (1897-2013)


Trial period: 1/12/2015-2/11/2015


 The Japan Times is the only English newspaper database in Japan that daily reported on Japanese people, places, and news from the world since 1897. The Japan Times merged with The Japan Mail in 1918 and purchased The Japan Advertiser and The Japan Chronicle in 1940. The Japan Times Archives database itself covers only the Japan Times, from March 1897 to 2013. Your feedback will be very much appreciated: please contact Setsuko Noguchi, .


Nov 19 2014

Trial access to Media Han’gukhak (韓國歷代文集叢書, 韓國地理風俗誌叢書)

Princeton users now have a trial access to 한국학 종합 DB (Han’gukhak Chonghap DB = Korean Studies DB) until the end of the next AAS Conference (March 2015).

This database is composed of the following two components:

Both titles were published in print previously, but the EAL does not hold the print versions.

The original texts are provided via scanned images only; they are not searchable as electronic texts. Tables of contents are all indexed and searchable.

On the DB website, you may see one additional component titled 韓國文集叢刊, which is provided free of charge, together with other online resources by the Institute for the Translation of Korean Classics.

As the name indicates, 韓國文集叢刊 it also includes translation into Modern Korean, but the 한국학 종합 DB (Han’gukhak Chonghap DB) provides the same contents with a improved interface.

Please send your comments to Hyoungbae Lee.

Nov 18 2014

Trial to database with Chinese Bluebooks; white papers; green books

November 14. A previously announced trial, which was discontinued because of problems at the vendor’s site, has been reinstated, until Dec. 11st. It should be especially useful for researchers in economics, political sciences and social sciences of China: those who are familiar with the often yearly collected volumes of papers called Pishu from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) published by the Social Science Academic Press (SSAP).

 The database contains all archive content from this publisher – over 1,100 volumes of 皮书 (Pishu) in total. New pishu are uploaded on a monthly basis. between 15-20 new volumes each month. The archive covers all Pishu published by SSAP from 1991 onward and you can see the updated title list here:  . E.g., the last added issues contain World economy analysis and forecast; Annual report on economic development of Shanghai(2014); Annual report on China’s medical industrial security(2013-2014); Annual report on social development of Heilongjiang(2014); Report on combating corruption and upholding integrity in China; Annual report on cultural development of Henan(2014); Analysis and forecast on social development of Gansu(2014); Analysis and forecast on economic development of Gansu(2014); Analysis and forecast of economy and society of Liaoning(2014); Annual report on development of Asia-Pacific(2014); Annual report on world cities(2014); Annual report on cultural development of Shanghai(2014); Annual report on international politics and security(2014).

 We have only a subselection in paper, and ranges may be spotty. Note that almost all titles are Chinese-only, although they do have English alternative titles.

 I am not sure whether there is sufficient interest to get this database, and I do urge those interested to seriously look at it, and let me know: I think potentially for some of you and your students this can be very important. Do look at what is included in the link above, because (as I will tell them), that is not very obvious from the first pages from the database itself, which needs improvement.

 Trial access through December 11th is available at An explanatory brochure about the database here:  . Please send any comments to me, Martin Heijdra.


Oct 30 2014

Trial to local editions of the Yomiuri Shinbun

October 30, 2014. Princeton users have until March 31, 2015, access to a trial version of the:

Yomidasu Rekishikan Shōwa no chiikiban (ヨミダス歴史館・昭和の地域版) at

The already previously available Yomidasu Rekishikan has added Yomiuri Shinbun’s 46 local editions, with the exception of Okinawa’s, published from 1933 to 1989. Local editions typically carry a variety of news items that were not published in the main edition of the newspaper, such as local incidents, local budgets, elections, or festivals, and have information on people who are active in the region.

Please send your comments to the Japanese Studies librarian, Setsuko Noguchi (野口契子).

Oct 16 2014

Trial to the Apabi newspaper database

Oct 15, 2014. Princeton users now have a month trial access to the Apabi Newspaper database ( Newspapers available include the following: Renmin ribao (2009-), Guangming ribao (2013-), Huanqiu ribao (1993-), Wenhuibao (2012-), Jiefangjun bao (2009-), Zhongguo wenhuabao (2008-), Zhongguo jingji shibao (2012-), Nanfang zhoumo (1984-), plus 18 others.

These newspapers partly duplicate and partly expand upon our current offerings (which include WiseSearch and Factiva, the Huanqiu shibao, plus non-current access to the Renmin ribao, Guangming ribao, and Jiefangjun bao), but this database has a very different interface.

Because of possible overlap, and also because subscription price will depend on which newspapers are selected, it is very important to let us know your opinion, and if interested, in which newspapers, in order to enable us to make a decision. Please send your comments to Martin Heijdra.


Oct 15 2014

Trial to Apabi Tupianku (image) database

Published by under Chinese,Uncategorized

Oct. 15, 2014. Princeton users have access for one month to the Apabi image database at The collection is highly organized; the top-level categories (called “museums”) are Chinese art, calligraphy, folk art, red (i.e. socialist) art, unearthed objects, old photographs, ancient design, modern graphic design, historical costumes, rare book illustrations, classical painting manuals, typography, and pattern design. Each museum has “rooms.” The database contains over 200,000 images; the largest categories are old photographs (75,000), Chinese art (35,000), rare book illustrations (30,000), folk art (13,000) and calligraphy (12,000). Short descriptions of images, as well as the usual image functions including scrolling through an image, are provided. “High resolution” is up to 300 dpi. Images can be downloaded after individual registration. Suggestions for related images are provided.

While the China Digital Library, of which this is a part, has an English interface, very little of this particular database is available in romanization or English; thus, knowledge of Chinese is required.

One can search all divisions at once, or separately; main search criteria are by image title, artist, period, place of origin of the work, and current location. In addition, each museum can be browsed using criteria appropriate to that museum:

  • Chinese art by category (portraiture, landscape, bronzes, textiles, architecture…), period, origin, current location
  • Calligraphy by style (xingshu, caoshu, …), period, origin, current location
  • Folk art by category (nianhua, shadow figures, paper cuts, clothing…), subject (story people, gods…), regional style
  • Red (i.e. socialist) art by category (propaganda, movie posters, book covers, oil paintings…), subject (leaders, model figures, women, children…), period (1930-), and topics (Anti-Japanese Resistance, Great Leap Forward…)
  • Unearthed objects by category (ceramics and jade only), period, province
  • Old photographs by region, subject (history, customs, medicine, religion…), period (19th c. -)
  • Ancient design by category (eating utensils, ritual vessels, drinking utensils, weapons, furniture, musical instruments, seals…; 25 categories in total), period, material (gold, silver, bamboo, enamel…)
  • Modern graphic design by category (advertisements, posters, book covers, slogans…), industry (clothing, movies and entertainment, hygiene… ), subject (markets, theater, Westernized imports, technology…)
  • Historical costumes by categories (commoners, court, army, underwear, advertisements…) and period
  • Rare book illustrations by category (portraiture, landscape, stories…), period, editions (collotype, woodblock…)
  • Classical painting manuals by category (landscape, birds…), period, topics (Sanxi tang, Jiezi yuan…)
  • Typography by classification (pictorial, geometric…), topics (life, brand logo, struggles…), period (1930-)
  • Pattern design by classification (abstract, modified traditional, landscapes…), topics (entertainment, congratulatory, propaganda…)

Because the database needs to be used in Chinese, and subscription price will depend on which categories are selected, it is very important to let us know your opinion, and if interested, in which categories, in order to enable us to make a decision. Please send your comments to Kim Wishart or Martin Heijdra.

Oct 01 2014

Trial access to the Gunsho ruijū

October 1, 2014. Princeton users have a one-month trial access to the Gunsho ruijū series (including the Zoku Gunsho ruijū and the Zoku Zoku Gunsho ruijū.)

The three Gunsho ruijū series in total consist of 3,750 works covering law, politics, economics, education, ethics, regional studies, history, literature, art, music, culture and entertainment. The first series was published from 1793 to 1819 by Hanawa Hokiichi, the sequel in 1821 by his son Hanawa Tadatomi, and the last series appeared from 1903 to 1909.

The Web version of the Gunsho ruijū is searchable using modern characters (新字), and text can be copied. The three series are included in the Japan Knowledge Lib,, alongside other reference works and series such as, among other titles,  the Nihon kokugo daijiten, Kokushi daijiten, Shinpen Nihon kokugo bungaku zenshū, and Nihon rekishi chimei taikei.

The default basic search searches all titles available in Japan Knowledge Lib. To limit yourself to searching the Gunsho ruijū only, choose “shosai (kobetsu) kensaku” in the navigation bar. To browse, choose the “hondana.” Pages are retrieved in pdf form, but the OCR’d text is available under “tekisuto” at its right, and copyable from there.

Please let Setsuko Noguchi know of any issues, and praises and/or complaints. It is very likely we will subscribe to this database; however, there are only a limited people allowed to use Japan Knowledge Lib at the same time, so please logout when done.

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