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 http://library.princeton.edu/resource/5086. 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)

URL: http://ipm-archives.japantimes.co.jp/

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, snoguchi@princeton.edu .


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: http://www.eastview.com/Files/UDB-Pishu.xlsx  . 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 http://dlib.eastview.com/browse/udb/1610. An explanatory brochure about the database here: http://www.eastview.com/Files/EVPishu.pdf  . 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 (www.apabi.com/newspaperus). 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 www.apabi.com/artsus. 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, http://japanknowledge.com/library/, 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.

Sep 16 2014

Trial to HY Read Journal

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Sept. 16, 2014. Princeton users have now trial access to a database of Taiwanese electronic journals, HY Read Journal, until Oct. 30. The content overlaps to a large extent with the already available Taiwan Electronic Periodical Service (TEPS) database; but the interface is quite different.

The URL is: http://www.hyread.com.tw

We are unlikely to subscribe to both databases , but will consider switching depending on your experience with the interface. Please let us know!

Sep 16 2014

Trial to the Japan Chronicle

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Sept. 16, 2014. Princeton users have trial 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.

The URL is http://primarysources.brillonline.com/browse/japan-chronicle.

Please let us  know whether this resource is useful to you; your answers will influence our decision to acquire this resource or not.: Martin Heijdra or Setsuko Noguchi. 

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