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A Guide to Chinese Studies

Research Guide for Chinese Studies

Digital Humanities Repositories

A collection of some 6,000 photos and 10,00 negatives taken by Hedda Morrison during her time living in China from 1933 to 1946

Contains more than 5,000 historical photos taken in northwestern China during the first half of the twentieth century, to our digital collection. 

Undertaken by Wu Wenguang's documentary film studio, Work Station, in 2009 to document life in rural China during the mid-20th Century 

This collection contains video interviews with people who experienced China’s Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). 


An open-access web GIS platform developed by MPIWG and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU). CHMap provides large-scale, geo-referenced land survey maps of China produced in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as base layers via Web Map Tile Service (WMTS). It allows researchers to integrate image collections from other sources on top of those base layers for exploratory and comparative analyses.

Digital Humanities Tools

Provide digital tools for DH researchers to build personal databases of her own research materials

The digital companion to a PhD project devoted to the spatial history of advertising in modern Shanghai (1905-1949)

A collaborative workspace for pre-modern textual studies being developed at Yale University

Enabling richer access to the world’s images: community focused; defined APIs and plug ‘n’ play software

A platform for organizing, visualizing, sharing, and searching archives 

A leading visualization and exploration software for all kinds of graphs and networks. Gephi is open-source and free.

An open source web-publishing platform for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and exhibitions

An open source content management system for supporting resources like blogs and web sites

  • Voyant : a free web-based text-analysis tool (visualization tool)

A gateway to free online tools for sophisticated text analysis and retrieval, along with representative texts for experimentation

  • WordSeer : a text analysis environment for humanities scholars 
  • WorldMap: build your own maps 
  • StoryMaps: create inspiring, immersive stories by combining text, interactive maps, and other multimedia content 
  • Time Mapper: quickly create a timeline from a spreadsheet 
  • From the Page: for transcribing documents and collaborating on transcriptions with others
  • LibGuide on DH Tools (University of Arizona)