Sep 02 2015

China Encyclopedic Resources Online, trial

September 2, 2015. Princeton users have trial access to the China Encyclopedic Resources Online, part of Brill’s Chinese Reference Shelf.

The “encyclopedic resources” part of the reference shelf gives access, in addition to Brill’s Encyclopedia of China Online (already previously accessible), to three new biographical dictionaries: Ancient and Early Medieval Chinese Literature Online: A Research Guide (volume I) eds. D.R. Knechtges & T. Chang, A Biographical Dictionary of the Qin, Former Han and Xin Periods (221 BC – AD 24) Online by M. Loewe, and A Biographical Dictionary of Later Han to the Three Kingdoms (23–220 AD) Online by R. de Crespigny.

You can access the title directly, or through

Sep 02 2015

A Student’s Dictionary of Classical and Medieval Chinese, trial

September 2, 2015. Princeton users have trial access to the A Student’s Dictionary of Classical and Medieval Chinese dictionary online, part of Brill’s Chinese Reference Shelf. The dictionary is essential for all those reading Chinese texts from the period of approx. 500 BCE to 1000 CE. It contains 8,330 individual characters, has an abundance of alliterative and echoic binomes (lianmianci 連綿詞), identifies hundreds of plants, animals, and assorted technical terms in various fields. The various appendices, including one with reign eras and exact accession dates of emperors given according to both Chinese and Western calendars, only go to 1000 CE. The dictionary was compiled by Paul W. Kroll, assisted by a small team of scholars including William G. Boltz, David R. Knechtges, Y. Edmund Lien, Antje Richter, Matthias L. Richter, and Ding Xiang Warner.


Sep 02 2015

Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics

September 2, 2015. Princeton users now have access to the online version of the Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics.

This version is the early release version, and content is still being added until the complete edition comes out in early 2016.

The Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics offers a systematic and comprehensive overview of the languages of China and the different ways in which they are and have been studied. It provides authoritative treatment of all important aspects of the languages spoken in China, today and in the past, from many different angles, as well as the different linguistic traditions they have been investigated in.


Sep 02 2015

Japan Chronicle

September 2, 2015. Princeton users have access to the English-language Japan Chronicle Weekly (1902–1940) until Oct. 15. This is the newspaper of record for Japan’s engagement with modernity and its emergence, through war, political and social upheaval and seismic social change in East Asia, onto the world stage in the first half of the twentieth century.

Founded and based in Kobe, the well-informed, controversial but always readable Chronicle provides a unique perspective not only on the settler communities in Japan and East Asia but also to the historical development of East Asia as it happened.

The weekly Commercial Supplement is included.

For other views, please also consult the Japan Times.

The URL is


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). NOW PURCHASED

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:


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.

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!


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).

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