Aug 27 2014

Zhongguo yanjiu wangluo ziyuan daohang

August 27. We warmly recommend to Princeton patrons the free website Zhongguo yanjiu wangluo ziyuan daohang (Navigator to Chinese Studies resources available on the internet.) This is an easy-to-navigate, well-organized site which brings together a large number of databases in Chinese studies available on the Internet (in many different countries; most are in Chinese, English or Japanese). Most are free; some need individual registration; some need individual registration and small payments. The site is created by a Chinese vendor, Zhenben, which sells books to libraries, including Princeton.

Jul 21 2014

Huan qiu shi bao (Global Times)

July 17, 2014. Princeton users have access to the Huan qiu shi bao, also known as Global Times ( Daily Chinese tabloid under the auspices of the People’s Daily newspaper, focusing on international issues. Use IE; other browsers have issues. Click on “Please click here to enter.” The English version of the newspaper is not included.

For searches with names, please add “%” before or after the character, for example “王%” to search for authors with “王” as surname and “%永” for authors with “永” in the name.

Pages in original layout are only available from 2001. Please be patient: files take a long time to download without any indication that downloading is in progress.

Jul 18 2014

Updates to US and UK Governmental Files

July 18, 2014.

Princeton users already had access to some files of declassified material on China (and some Japan) on national security, namely on the Chinese Civil War and the Tiananmen Square incident. These collections have now moved into the Archives Unbound ( database, also known as the Declassified Documents Reference Service, and newly include also Records of the U.S. Information Service in China: Chinese Press Reviews and Summaries, 1944-1950; 19th Century English-Language Journals from the Far East; General George C. Marshall’s Mission to China, 1945-1947; Political, Economic, and Military Conditions in China: Reports and Correspondence of the U.S. Military Intelligence Division, 1918-1941; and Political Relations and Conflict between Republican China and Imperial Japan, 1930-1939: Records of the U.S. State Department.

Separately, Princeton users are advised that recently the missing decades of the already available (British) Foreign Office Files for China have been added, and now the whole range 1919-1980 is available. See

Jul 18 2014

CADAL (2.5 million Chinese e-books)

July 18, 2014. Princeton users have now access (to at least end 2014) to the huge CADAL ebook collection. We are in the process of negotiation for ensuring access beyond that date.

 CADAL (China Academic Digital Associative Library) is a government-sponsored cooperative project of some 60+ Chinese academic libraries (2014) to create electronic resources for the use of their patrons.  The venture is led by and housed in Zhejiang University, and most major Chinese academic institutions such as Peking, Qinghua, Fudan and Nanjing universities were participants from the beginning. CADAL originally grew out of a China-American Digital Academic Library venture, but only recently a select group of American (and Indian) libraries have received access.

(The major resource created by CADAL is a collection of scanned books (1.7 million in May 2013, 2.5 million in June 2014 ), both in and out of copyright: 224 thousand ancient texts (including the Xuxiu siku quanshu 续修四库全书), 150 thousand republican works, 150 thousand republican periodical issues, 40 thousand newspaper issues, 800 thousand post-1949 books, 320 thousand works in English, 13 thousand special collection works, 4 thousand videos, 55 thousand audiobooks. The collection is constantly increasing. The titles are not full-text searchable; but tables of contents are provided for easy navigation.

 (In addition to the ebooks database, the navigation bar also gives access to some other resources: calligraphic works (shufa 书法), a literary timeline (Zhongguo wenxue biannian shi 中国文学编年史), Chinese medicine (zhongyiyao 中医药), and Audio (yinpinku 音频哭). Note that the video choice, available only in English, brings one to the main ebooks database.)

 Access to the books is dependent on the copyright status of the book: while some free access is available, especially to the ancient texts, access to in-copyright books is restricted to registered users at participant libraries: one borrows parts of books, which need to be returned in order to have them become available to other users. Hence, one first has to register (zhuce 注册), and in subsequent visits to log-in (denglu 登陆) from the database’s sign-in page at (note: this is not the home page as such, and is not easily available from the home page.) Choose “Princeton University” as your affiliation (suozai danwei 所在单位; close to the bottom of the pop-up menu—it may say Princetion). On subsequent visits log-in from this page.

 Activities one performs when logged-in, including borrowing books, note-taking etc., are visible to all users from search pages etc.: hence, make sure to log-out especially on shared public computers. One is not logged out automatically, even not after days. To log-out, go to one’s personal account page (registeredname’s CADAL in the English, registerednameCADAL in the Chinese interface), and click on tuichu 推出.This account page is available in the top navigation bar, and is also the page from where one returns  books, see one’s borrowing history, etc.  (One can choose to set the interface to English, but only a limited number of top-level screens have been translated.)

 Once logged in, and directed to one’s account page, one can perform a simple search in the search box. On the resulting page, one can somewhat refine one’s search by limiting the result to title or author, and by selecting some rough facets of categories (such as ancient books or republican-period books—note that all categories are listed, even if not applicable), tags (biaoqian  标签 ) or publisher.

Under a cover image of each result, one can choose to see more details on the book, or decide to read it by clicking on the book. If choosing to read it, one is brought to a reader interface where one can display the table of contents, navigate forward and backward within a book, and change the display from one page to two pages at a time and vice versa. Printing (by right-clicking, one page at a time) does not work very well—it may be better to take screen shots.

 Depending on the copyright status of the book, one will receive a request after viewing a couple of pages to check out the remainder of the chapter (jieyue 借阅). One receives a message that borrowing was successful (if the item was not borrowed by someone else), and can continue to read.

 To return the chapter to the CADAL library, navigate to the borrowing page (jieyue in the top navigation bar), where one can see the status of one’s checking in-and-out. Click, if not yet selected, on the weihuan  未还button, and then return chapters by clicking on guihuan 归还 after each chapter one has checked out. And remember to log-out (also possible from this page.)

 One can look at one’s notes, tags, comments, messages etc.  from the navigation bar, and there may be recommendations listed based upon one’s readings.

 Help screens are not very useful. I will be glad to receive further hints from users who are familiar with this database from within China! (

Jul 18 2014

National Social Sciences Database (China)

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July 17, 2014. Since 2012 hundreds of high-level Chinese social science and humanities journals, including those published by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, had been pulled out of commercial databases, making more recent issues temporarily unavailable. Princeton users are advised that they are now freely available in the National Social Sciences Database (Guojia zhexue shehui kexue xueshu qikan shujuku) at Titles include 城市问题 (Urban Problems), 财经研究 (The Study of Finance and Economics), 当代韩国 (Contemporary Korea), 东南亚研究 (Southeast Asian Studies), 敦煌学辑刊 (Journal of Dunhuang Studies), 当代亚太 (Contemporary Asia-Pacific Studies), 敦煌研究 (Dunhuang Research), 复旦学报:社会科学版  (Fudan Journal, Social Sciences Edition), 方言 ( Dialect), 金融研究 (Journal of Financial Research), 考古 (Archaeology), 历史研究 (Historical Research), 满语研究 (Manchu Studies), 明清小说研究 (The Research on Ming and Qing Dynasties Novels), 美国研究 (American Studies Quarterly), 民族语文 (Minority Languages of China), 南开管理评论 (Nankai Business Review), 清史研究 (Studies in Qing History), 求实 (Truth Seeking), 日本问题研究 (Japan Problem Studies), 人口研究 (Population Research), 世界宗教研究 (Studies in World Religions), 探索 (Probe), 文史哲 (Journal of Literature,History and Philosophy), 文物 (Cultural Relics), 中国经济史研究 (Researches in Chinese Economic History), 中国语文 (Chinese) and 政治学研究 (CASS Journal of Political Science).

Individual titles have also been registered in the catalog; thus, when searching for Kao gu in the catalog, and clicking on “View Princeton’s online holdings,” there is an additional link to the holdings in the NSSD. Some titles have only the more recent issues, others go back much longer.

Jul 17 2014

Maisaku (Mainichi Shinbun Online Database)

July 17, 2014. Princeton users have now access to the Maisaku database of the Mainichi company. The Mainichi Shinbun is one of the 3 major Japanese newspapers and Japan’s oldest daily newspaper. This database provides the following: Mainichi Shinbun (1872-); Weekly Economist (1989-; images in reduced size edition are available from 1989-1999); and The Mainichi (English) (2008-; interface is only in Japanese). One can also browse today’s news and breaking news.

Jul 17 2014

South China Morning Post

July 17, 2014. Princeton users have now full-text access to all issues of the South China Morning Post, a major English-language newspaper in Hong Kong from the very beginning of the 20th century (1903-1995; issues after 1995 are available in the regular newspaper databases, such as ProQuest Central, Factiva, LexisNexis, and Wiser’s News. Alternative titles used over the years include South China Morning Post & the Hongkong Telegraph and South China Sunday Post-Herald.

Mar 24 2014

Chinese Newspapers Collection (1832-1953)

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March 20, 2014. Princeton users now have access to this database, part of the ProQuest Historical Newspapers collection, which combines in one search a selection of English-language newspapers and periodicals produced in China. Major titles included are the North China Herald (1850-1941, also available as a separate database)) and the Chinese repository (1832-1851), but included are also large runs of the Chinese recorder (1868-1941) and the China weekly review (1923-1950), as well as some short runs of a handful of periodicals of mainly the Republican period: the Canton Times (1919-1920), China Critic (1939-1946), China Monthly Review (1950-1953), China Press (1925-1938), Millard’s China National Review (1919-1919), Millard’s Review of the Far East (1919-1921), Peking Daily News (1914-1917), Peking Gazette (1915-1917), Peking Leader (1918-1919), Shanghai Gazette (1919-1921), Shanghai Times (1914-1921), and Weekly Review (1922-1923).  Ads, social notices etc. are all separately indexed and searchable.

Mar 14 2014

Chinese Great Leap Forward and Great Famine database, 1958-62

March 14, 2014. To the previously available two databases  under the collective title “History of Contemporary Chinese Political Movements”, the Cultural revolution, and Anti-Rightist movement databases,  has been added a third, on the Great Leap Forward and the Great Famine.

This Great Leap and the Great Famine database includes more than 7,000 documents (directives, bulletins, internal reports, officials’ speeches, and major media commentaries with detailed citations.) Of the material 50% is from internal archives at various levels, including 3,000 highly classified records and investigative reports filed during the Great Famine. Included are documents on the context of these topics, as on such policies and campaigns as the state monopoly on grain purchase and marketing, the Collectivization of Agriculture, the Campaign to Eliminate Counterrevolutionaries, the Great Debate on “Red and Expert,” the “Dual-Antis” Campaign, the Campaign to “Open One’s Heart to the Party,” and the Campaign to “Pull Out White Flags and Erect Red Flags”.

As with the other two databases, there is a fully functional search-engine in both Chinese and English, with data retrievable by author, subject, title, date, keywords, and (new!)  locality (the documents themselves are in Chinese, naturally.) New features further include keyword highlight and toggle between Chinese and English.


Feb 26 2014

Trial access to the Pishu database

February 26, 2014. Princeton users have trial access until March 19 of a database of the collected volumes of papers called Pishu from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) published by the Social Science Academic Press (SSAP).

This database is in the final design stages of development with 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.

We urge those interested to seriously look at it, and let us know their opinion. Trial access  is available at An explanatory brochure about the database here: .

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