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A Guide to Chinese Studies

Research Guide for Chinese Studies

Collection Development Policy

Washington University in St. Louis

Collection Development Policy

Library: East Asian Library & Olin Library

Subject: Chinese Studies

Collection: General

Date Revised: April 14, 2014

Subject Librarian:  Tony Chang

 

1. General purpose:

The Chinese studies collection supports the teaching, learning, and research needs of the faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Department of History, and various other departments and programs at Washington University, including Anthropology, Art and Art History, Comparative Literature, Economics, Film and Media Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religious Studies.


 

2. Subjects excluded:

  • Materials in areas such as pure science and technology are excluded.   
  • Currently the Chinese Studies collection does not actively pursue acquisition of materials in agriculture, architecture, archaeology, business, linguistics, and military science. 

3. Overlap with other collections or subjects:

  • Main overlap areas are with:
    • Anthropology
    • Art and Art History
    • Comparative Literature
    • Economics
    • Film and Media Studies
    • Music
    • Philosophy
    • Political Science
    • Religious Studies
    • Women Studies
    • Law

4. Languages included and excluded:

We collect materials in Chinese and English extensively.  Materials written in languages other than Chinese and English are generally not actively pursued, but not excluded if they pertain to specific research and teaching projects of faculty members and graduate students.

East Asian language materials are shelved in the East Asian Library.  English and Western European language materials are generally shelved in Olin Library. 

5. Geographical limitations:

Mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong are the primary areas for Chinese studies.

6. Chronological limits:

None


7. Retrospective acquisition:

Chiefly current publications, with some retrospective collecting, especially reprints of early Chinese works.

8. Types of material collected and excluded:

  • Collected:  
    • Print monographs
    • Print periodicals
    • Reference Works
    • Electronic Resources 
    • Audio-visual items are occasionally acquired as part of the Chinese Studies collection, but shelved in Olin Library.
    • Microforms
      •  These are only considered when no other alternatives are possible.  
  • Excluded:  
    • Most textbooks, except selective college-level language materials. Most translations of Western works into Chinese language.  Elementary and juvenile materials. 

9. Other factors to consider:

  • The areas of strength of the collection are the humanities and social sciences, with particular emphasis on the humanities.  The collection is strong in language and literature, history (especially Ming and Qing dynastic histories), collectanea, religion, and fine arts.  We need to continue to strengthen our collection in these fields, to support teachings and research.
  • In recent years, as EALC expands its range of study into some new fields, such as film and visual culture studies, gender and women studies, material culture or cultural history, and Taiwan studies.  And, faculty and graduate students in History Department are engaged in a broad spectrum of research on Southern China.  We must consider many publications for acquisition, both retrospective and current.
  • Chinese language materials are also collected by the Law Library, which has approximately 4,150 titles (7,375 volumes).  Collections in Art & Architecture Library, Music Library, and some other libraries on campus also have some Chinese language materials and materials related to Chinese studies, but they are not managed by the Chinese Studies Librarian.

10. Subjects and Collecting Levels:

Chinese Language Materials in East Asian Library

Anthropology

3B

Archeology

2

Architecture

2

Art History

3B

Buddhism

4

Economic History

2

Economics (Modern)

2

Education

2

Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, etc.

3B

Film and Media

3B

Folklore

3A

Geography

2

History, pre-Ming

3

History, Ming & Qing

3A

History, 20-century

3B

Literature, pre-Ming

3A

Literature, Ming & Qing

4

Literature, 20-century

4

Military Science

1

Performing Arts: Pre-modern

3B

Performing Arts: Modern

3A

Philosophy, pre-modern

3A

Philosophy, 20-century

3A

Political science

3A

Religion

3B

Women’s Studies

3B

English Language Materials in Olin Library

History, pre-Ming

3B

History, Ming & Qing

4

History, 20-century

4

Literature, pre-Ming

3B

Literature, Ming & Qing

4

Literature, 20-century

4