Online Reference Tools for Chinese Studies

(bibliographies, catalogs, dictionaries, encyclopedias, indexes…)

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China Vitae 中国名人录 Gries, David (Executive Director) Biography Providing short bios of contemporary Chinese figures Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Chinese Biographical Database Levine, Marilyn A. (East Oregon U.) Biography 3500 Chinese biographies. Not updated since 2005. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Chinese–Western Calendar Conversion Tool 兩千年中西曆轉換 Academia Sinica Calendar Converting dates between Chinese and Western calendars Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Bibliographic Database for Local Gazetteers of Mainland China 中國大陸地方志書目查詢系統 Academia Sinica Catalog Most comprehensive of its type. Covers both contemporary and historical gazetteers. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Catalog Navigating System for Chinese Rare Books 中國古籍善本書目聯合導航系統 National Library of China Catalog Union catalog of rare books in Chinese libraries. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Catalog of Books in the Siku Series 四庫系列圖書綜合索引 WU Ge, Fudan University Library (China) Catalog Finds individual works within the Siku series by author name or title. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Chinese Movie Database 中文电影资料库 Lu Pin 呂品 Catalog Provides information on thousands of Chinese-language movies produced since 1905. Also includes TV programs. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Database for Overseas Chinese Newspapers and Journals Ohio University - Shao Center Catalog Online directory of newspapers and periodicals. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Holdings Information of Chinese Paintings 中国絵画所在情報データベース University of Tokyo – Institute of Oriental Culture Catalog Searchable. Provides information on pre-18th century Chinese paintings in the collections around the world. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
NCL Catalog of Premodern Chinese Books 中文古籍書目資料庫 National Central Library Catalog Over 600,000 records of premodern Chinese books from libraries throughout the world. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Peking University Theses and Dissertations Database 北京大学图书馆学位论文检索系统 Peking University (China) Catalog  Bibliographical records of dissertations and theses approved at Peking University.  Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
WWW Database of Chinese Buddhist texts Christian Wittern (Kyoto University) Catalog List of Buddhist texts in Chinese language. May also be downloaded. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Zenkoku Kanseki Database (Union Catalog of Premodern Chinese Books in Japan) Kyoto University (hosting) Catalog Provides bibliographical records of older Chinese books in Japanese libraries. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Chinese Encyclopedia Online 中華百科全書 (1983年典藏版) Chinese Cultural University (Taiwan) Encyclopedia/ subject dictionary Provides online access to a medium-sized encyclopedia with 15,000 articles divided into 38 subects. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Encyclopedia of the CPC History 党史百科 People's Daily website Encyclopedia/ subject dictionary Provides over 2000 entries on the history of the Communist Party of China. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Foguang Dictionary 佛光大辞典 Foguangshan Monastery Encyclopedia/ subject dictionary Provides fulltext search capability for Foguang Dictionary.  Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Lexicon of Confucianism 儒學詞典 Lao Sze-kwang Encyclopedia/ subject dictionary Provides short explanations on texts, commentaries, personalities, and concepts in Confucianism. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Zhongguo da bai ke quan shu 中国大百科全书 Zhongguo da bai ke quan shu chu ban she Encyclopedia/ subject dictionary Provides limited access to articles in the most comprehensive Chinese encyclopedia. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Chinese-English Dictionary of Modern Usage 林語堂當代漢英詞典 Lin Yutang & Chinese University of Hong Kong Language dictionary Online version of Lin's dictionary. May not include newer terms. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Dictionary of Chinese Character Variants 異體字字典 Ministry of Education (Taiwan) Language dictionary A handy tool for identifying variant characters.  Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Encyclopedia Dictionary of the Chinese Language 中文大辭典 Chinese Culture University (Taiwan) Language dictionary Under development. Allows online search of the print encyclopedia.  Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Online Kangxi Dictionary 康熙字典網上版 Online Kangxi Dictionary 康熙字典網上版 Language dictionary Searchable database for this classical Chinese dictionary. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Zhongwen.com, a.k.a. Chinese Characters: A Genealogy and Dictionary Harbough, Rick (Indiana University) Language dictionary Popular online Chinese character dictionary. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Electronic Index to the Early Shenbao 申報 Institute of Chinese Studies, University of Heidelberg Newspaper/ periodical index Indexes articles published by Shenbao from 1872-1898. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
PerioPath 臺灣期刊論文索引系統 National Central Library (Taiwan) Newspaper/ periodical index Major index for periodical articles published in Taiwan.  Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Renditions Database Renditions journal Newspaper/ periodical index Searchable index to Renditions publications Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Bibliography of Oriental Studies on the Web 東洋学文献類目検索  Kyoto University – Documentation and Information Center for Chinese Studies  Subject bibliography/ index Online version of a major index of East Asian scholarship. Both Japanese and Chinese can be used in searching. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Center for Chinese Studies Bibliographical Databases National Central Library (Taiwan) Subject bibliography/ index Integrated search for several bibliographical databases. 140,000 records.  Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Chinese Bibliography of History of Science and Technology 科技史论著目录查询 Chinese Academy of Sciences Subject bibliography/ index Covers articles, books, and book chapters published approximately in 1949-2003. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Chinese Christian Texts Database (CCT-Database) Dudink, Ad & Nicolas Standaert (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Netherlands) Subject bibliography/ index Bibliographical database covering several thousand primary and secondary sources related to the China-Europe contacts in the 17-18th century.  Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Chinese Social History Index 中国社会史研究论文数据库 Nankai University (China) Subject bibliography/ index Downloadable index (in multiple Word files) for articles published from 1919 to 2003.  Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Classical Historiography for Chinese History 中國經典文獻工具書錄 Elman, Benjamin (Princeton University) Subject bibliography/ index Extensive lists of historical sources. Focus on Ming and Qing dynasty. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Daoist Studies 道教研究 James Miller (Queen’s University) Subject bibliography/ index Searchable website, including bibliography and book reviews.  Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Dokisha 道氣社 Concordance for Sinology Kyoto University - Dokisha 道氣社 Subject bibliography/ index Provides full text search of over 30 Daoist works and catalog search of Dao Zang and Taisho Tripitaka. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Index to Ming Dynasty Paintings Cahill, James & Fine Arts Library, Harvard University Subject bibliography/ index Provides descriptions of Ming paintings and related bibliographical and biographical information. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Japan Association for Chinese Urban Performing Arts 中国都市芸能研究会 Japan Association for Chinese Urban Performing Arts Subject bibliography/ index Searchable website. Provides access to the Association publications and a number of primary sources. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
MCLC Resource Center Ohio State University Subject bibliography/ index Subject bibliographies concerning all aspects of modern China. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
MCST – Modern Chinese Scientific Terminologies Michael Lackner, Iwo Amelung, and Joachim Kurtz  Subject bibliography/ index Matches Chinese and Western-language scientific and philosophical terms; also provides original Chinese bibliographical references. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Modern Chinese Drama Database Chinese University of Hong Kong Library Subject bibliography/ index Bibliography of modern Chinese dramas and index of research articles.  Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Modern Chinese Literature Reserach Portal 中國現代文學研究網 Chinese University of Hong Kong - Library & Department of Chinese Language and Literature Subject bibliography/ index Under development. Integrates multiple resources related to modern Chinese literature. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Overseas Chinese Literature Database 世界華文文學資料庫 Shih Hsin University (Taiwan) Subject bibliography/ index Bibliographical database for studying overseas Chinese literature. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Project Yao 覞工程 Arizona State University Subject bibliography/ index Bibliographic database for Chinese translations of pre-1920 American literature. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Ricci Roundtable on the History of Christianity in China University of San Francisco – Ricci Institute Subject bibliography/ index Searchable bio-bibliographical databases.  Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Silk Road Project: Reuniting Turfan's Scattered Treasures Yale University Subject bibliography/ index Includes database of published materials from Turfan, abstracts of conference papers, and a bibliography on Turfan. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
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