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

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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. 

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 (http://library.princeton.edu/resource/12895). 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 (http://library.princeton.edu/resource/4911) 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 http://library.princeton.edu/resource/4778.

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  http://www.cadal.zju.edu.cn/account/signin/ (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! (mheijdra@princeton.edu)

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 http://library.princeton.edu/resource/12896. 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.

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