Nov 23 2015

Apabi newspaper database

Nov. 23, 2015. Princeton users now have access to the Apabi Newspaper database at; choose the shuzi baozhi 数字报纸 tab. 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-), plus 19 others.

These newspapers expand upon our current offerings (which include the newspapers in WiseSearch and Factiva, the Huanqiu shibao, plus historical access to the Renmin ribao, Guangming ribao, and Jiefangjun bao). However, this database has a very different interface, and includes the newspaper pages as actually published.




Nov 23 2015

Apabi Tupianku (image) database

Published by under Chinese,Uncategorized

Nov. 23, 2015. Princeton users have access to the Apabi image database at; choose the tupianku 图片库 tab. 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…)


Sep 10 2015

China Economy, Public Policy, and Security (pishu) Database

September 10, 2015. Princeton users have now access to the collected volumes of papers called pishu (皮书) from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), published (often yearly) by the Social Science Academic Press (SSAP). This database should be especially useful for researchers in the economic, political and social sciences of China.

The archive covers all pishu published by SSAP from 1991 onward, and new pishu are uploaded on a monthly basis, between 15-20 new volumes each month. You can see the updated title list here:

You can search within all titles, or by series and/or thematic keyword (click on those headings). The seven series are China Society and Culture (国社会与文化), China Economic Development (中国的经济发展), China Regional Analysis – Provincial  (中国地区分析 – 省级), China Regional Analysis – Municipal  (中国地区分析 – 市政的), China Regional Analysis – Hong Kong/Macau/Taiwan (中国地区分析 – 香港/澳门/台湾), China Industrial Sectors (中国的工业部门),  and Global Economy, Politics, Security  (世界经济,政治,安全). Thematic keywords include advertising, ethnology, etc. The database also includes such titles as the Annual Report on Research on Japan (日本研究报告). An explanatory brochure about the database is available from:  .

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

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Sep 10 2015

Sinica SinoWeb

September 10, 2015. Princeton users have now 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 is through

The home page is in English; you may want to change to Traditional Chinese for better results. If so, it may seem that the very first page requires 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.

Note that there may be titles listed in the Chinese interface in the left column which we do not subscribe to.

Sep 09 2015

National People’s Congress Database (PRC)

Published by under Chinese,Databases

September 2, 2015. Princeton users now have access to the National People’s Congress (NPC) database of the People’s Republic of China. This is a comprehensive collection of archives and documents of the National People’s Congress, from the 1st Session of 1st NPC to present.

The collection includes: Deputy Lists, Agendas, Conference Updates, Documents and Reports, Resolutions and Statements, Leaders’ Activities, Selected Proposals, Suggestions of the Deputies, News Reports, Pictures, Press Conferences, Important Commentaries, Video Reports, etc. With complete, full-spectrum contents, it’s an authoritative database of NPC agendas, topics, resolutions and related reports.

Coverage is from the 1st NPC onward; it includes text, photos and videos, and is updated regularly. Access is through


Sep 09 2015

NK News (North Korea)

September 2, 1015. Princeton users now have access to NK News, an unrivaled independent, specialist database  focused on North Korea. It aims to be a one-stop-shop on North Korea, bringing together news, opinion & analysis, research tools, data, and subject specialists in one convenient place.

In addition to providing primary and secondary data on North Korea that is unavailable anywhere else, it offers research tools specifically tailored for users within government and academia.

Opinion writers include thought leaders such as B.R. Myers, Moon Chung-in, Jim Hoare, and Aidan-Foster Carter; other specialist include Dr. Andrei Lankov, Moon Chung-in, Aidan Foster-Carter, Tatiana Gabroussenko, Curtis Melvin and Jim Hoare.

Specialist journalists at NK News provide 24 hour news coverage on North Korea from locations around the world: Kosuke Takahashi (Tokyo), Subin Kim (Seoul), Chad O’Carroll (London), Rob York (Honolulu), Justin Rohlrich (New York City.

Finally, a wide-range of voices share their views and experiences about North Korea on a weekly basis. through the Ask A North Korean column.

NK News is available through


Sep 09 2015

Gunsho ruijū

Published by under Databases,Japanese

September 2, 2015. Princeton users have now 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.

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Sep 09 2015

WhoPlus (Japan)

Published by under Databases,Japanese

September 2, 2015. Princeton users now have access to the WhoPlus database, which contains biographical information on a total of  610,000 historical and contemporary people. Entries link to MagazinePlus which enables one to find citations and links to the works of that person.

The information comes from the following titles: Jinbutsu refarensu jiten, Bijutsu sakuhin refarensu jiten, Shashin refarensu jiten, and Umi o koeta Nihon jinmei jiten.

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Sep 09 2015

(Takita Choin kyūzō) Kindai sakka genkō

Published by under Databases,Japanese

September 2, 2015. Princeton users now have full access to the (Takita Choin kyūzō) Kindai sakka genkō (近代作家原稿集) database, part of the Nihon Kindai Bungakukan collection within JapanKnowledge.

This database is a manuscript collection of modern writers involved with Takita Choin, the chief editor of Chuō Korōn, such as Tokuda Shūsei, Tokutomi Sohō, and Satomi Ton.  The collection contains 209 titles, the repeated revisions and editing of which can be traced. Access through JapanKnowledge; see

Sep 09 2015

Japan Times Archives

September 2, 2015. Princeton users now have access to the Japan Times Archives.

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.


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