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A Guide to Chinese Studies

Research Guide for Chinese Studies

Electronic Databases: Chinese Studies

Electronic Databases: Chinese Studies


 Some databases are restricted to the Washington University community. Information about off-campus access (Proxy server and VPN).  

Please check Chinese Studies research guide -- Web Resources  for some open access databases.

You may also find the following databases as well as others at: WU Libraries: A-Z Databases.

  • CAJ -- China Academic Journals Full-text Database (English interface) (CNKI) (WU access only)
    中国期刊全文数据库 (Chinese interface) (CNKI) (WU access only)
    (Literature/History/Philosophy, Politics/Military Affairs/Law, Education/Social Sciences, Economy & Management series)
    A full text, searchable database of journals from CNKI, China. Current subscription to CAJ's Literature/History/Philosophy (series F), Politics/Military Affairs/Law (series G), and Education/Social Sciences (series H) including full text articles that were published in or after 1994.  Also, access to Economy & Management (series J), up to 2015.  It integrates with Century Journal Project (CJP) database, which covers journals from the earliest issue through 1993. More info

    Please check also China National Social Science Database 国家哲学社会科学学术期刊数据库. It includes over seventy key journals published by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, which can be accessed only from this database starting from 2013.

  • China National Social Science Database 国家哲学社会科学学术期刊数据库
    Free database of government-funded Chinese social sciences journals. Coverage varies.  Individual registration requiredList of journal titles.

  • Duxiu 读秀中文学术搜索  (WU access only)
    Duxiu database provides access to more than 3 million Chinese bibliographic entries and 2 million full text scholarly resources in all subjects and formats, including books, journal articles, newspapers, theses, conference proceedings, and video clips. (User manual)

  • Shen Bao (申報) Digital Archive (1872-1949) (WU access only)
    This full-text searchable database covers entire run of the Shen Bao newspaper from 1872 to 1949. In addition to the newspaper texts, this product also includes all the advertisements. It contains more than 2 million articles, and includes the full-image of each page.  

  • Siku Quanshu  四库全书 (Client program). (Download the software (setup.exe), the Installation Guide and the User Manual)   (WU on campus access only.  One concurrent user allowed.)
    Full-text. The most comprehensive collection of Chinese scholarship from antiquity to the eighteenth century, including history, geography, politics, economics, science, technology, philosophy and the arts. It contains 3,460 works, in more than 36,000 volumes. It is not yet available on the web but only via a client program.
    (The client program has been installed on all public workstations in the East Asian Library. Launch the database from the Programs menu on the computer and then access it by clicking on 'IP Login.').

  • Taiwan Electronic Periodical Services database (TEPS) 臺灣電子期刊服務網  (WU access only)
    Also known as “Airiti Library: Chinese Periodical Services (CEPS)".

    Provides access to articles in 900 Taiwanese periodicals in various subjects, from 1991 to current.  They are full text searchable and the articles can be downloaded in PDF format.

  • Taiwan: National Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations in Taiwan  臺灣博碩士論文知識加值系統 
    National Central Library (NCL) provides free on-line services to general public on theses and dissertation of academic degrees, including citation information, abstracts and some full-text works.

  • Zhongguo fang zhi ku,  中国方志库,  Database of Chinese Local Records   (WU access only. One concurrent user allowed.)
    (To access the database: 1. Click the “Log In” button.  2. Click the image of  “中国方志库”.   3. Click “我已閲讀” to enter the database.   NOTE: Please click "安全退出" in the top right-hand corner to log out when you are finished.)

    It contains 4,000 titles (2000 titles in series I & 2000 titles in series II) of rare and special edition local gazetteers printed in China from Song Dynasty to the Republican era.  The database is fully searchable. All texts are provided in full-text and image format, allowing direct side by side comparison. 

Additional Chinese Studies Databases

Electronic Databases: East Asian Studies

Electronic Databases: East Asian Studies


Some databases are restricted to the Washington University community. Information about off-campus access (Proxy server and VPN).

Please also check databases in Chinese Studies | Japanese Studies | Korean Studies.

You may also find the following databases as well as others at: WU Libraries: A-Z Databases.


  • Academic Search Complete (1975-present)
    Indexing and abstracts for over 10,000 publications, including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, and others.

  • Archives Unbound: Asian Studies
    Digital collection with a focus on historical primary documents supporting multi-disciplinary research in history, political science, and more.

  • ArticleFirst ( (1990-)
    Nearly 12,500 journals in science, technology, medicine, social science, business, the humanities, and popular culture. Updated daily.

  • Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library
  • Bibliography of Asian Studies (1971 - )
    References to western-language monographs, articles and book chapters on all parts of Asia published since 1971.

  • Books in Print
    Bibliographic information on books & other materials published in United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Includes Publishers, Distributors & Wholesalers of the U.S. which is updated quarterly.

  • Cambridge Histories Online
    Complete texts of the Cambridge Histories series. Volumes are grouped into topics enabling browsing by historical subject areas and includes extensive bibliographic referencing and other leading functionality.

  • Dissertations & Theses (ProQuest) (1861-)
    The complete range of academic subjects appearing in dissertations accepted at accredited institutions since 1861, updated monthly. View 24-page previews of dissertations and theses. Abstracts included from July 1980; abstracts for masters theses beginning Spring 1988. Note: not all universities require doctoral candidates to submit their dissertations into this database. Include other sources for the most comprehensive searching. Learn more about this database
    Note: You cannot request full-text of dissertations or theses via ILLiad from within the database; you can only order them using your own credit card. To request via ILLiad, log in to ILLiad, click on Request a Thesis, and fill out the form.
  • Dissertations & Theses @ Washington University in St. Louis (1996-)
    Full-text. Citations and abstracts of dissertations and theses submitted by Washington University and published in UMI's Dissertation Abstracts database. View 24-page previews of dissertations and theses, and download the full text. Learn more about this database

  • EThOS (British Dissertations & Theses)
    EThOS (Electronic Theses Online Service) harvests e-theses from institutional repositories in UK institutions and digitizes paper theses on-demand. Many UK institutions support Open Access to their theses, so download of their digital and digitised theses is free. Create a free account to select and download the free theses.

  • Factiva (6 users)
    Combines more than 35,000 sources for access to premium content from 200 countries in 26 languages. Worldwide full text coverage of local and regional newspapers, web and social media, tweets, digital video and audio clips, analyst reports, trade publications, business newswires, press release wires, media transcripts, news photos, market research reports, country and regional profiles, company profiles, historical market data. Learn more about this database

  • Foreign Broadcast Information Service Electronic Index (1975 - 1996)
    An index to the FBIS Daily Reports issued by the U.S. Government covering political, economic, scientific, and cultural issues and events throughout the world. Include translated broadcasts, news agency transmissions, newspapers, periodicals, and government statements from nations around the world.

  • Google Scholar
    Use Google Scholar to find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web.

  • Historical Abstracts (1955-)
    Historical coverage of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the United States and Canada), from over 2,000 journals published worldwide. Learn more about this database

  • IngentaConnect
    Tables of contents of more than 13,000 publications, with a total of more than 4 million articles. All disciplines are covered, with an emphasis on the sciences.

    Full-text. Journal index. JSTOR consists of the complete back runs of almost 500 journal titles, from whenever each title began publication to a point 3 or 5 years ago.  How to use this database

  • LexisNexis Academic
    Contains full-text news, business, legal, and reference information sources. Newspapers included in the service are updated several times daily, newswires hourly. Learn more about this database or view an online tutorial

  • MLA International Bibliography
    Modern Language Association database provides citations to scholarly articles, dissertations, and collected works in literature, languages, linguistics, and folklore from over 4,000 journals and series published worldwide.

  • Oxford Art Online (8 users)
    A comprehensive and authoritative guide with extensive surveys and in-depth articles on the history of art; provides links to museums, galleries, and art collections around the world, as well as images. Available through this site are Benezit Dictionary of Artists, Grove Art Online, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.

  • Periodicals Index Online
    Millions of citations for articles published in the arts, humanities and social sciences, across more than 300 years. Covers 37 key subject areas and multiple languages. Learn more about this database

  • Proquest Dissertations & Theses see
    Dissertations & Theses (ProQuest) (1861-)

  • Project MUSE
    Full-text, journal index. About 100 scholarly journals, most recent 3-5 years. Journals can be searched individually, in groups, or all together.