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A-Z Chinese Language Databases 中文資料庫

This page lists the Chinese language databases available at SOAS; for other databases use the letter navigation on the left or go to the A-Z database homepage

On-campus access is automatic for most databases; and many can be accessed off-campus using your SOAS id and password (the same as you use for SOAS e-mail and computers). Off-campus access is only available to SOAS students and staff; and is available only where there is a link for 'off-campus use'.

If you need help with any of the databases you can:

  • Ask at the Library Enquiry Desk (Ground floor/Level E), Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.
  • E-mail electronic@soas.ac.uk  
  • Phone 020 7898 4146
TitleDescriptionLinks
Beida Lawinfochina 北大法律信息网:北大英文网
English translations of Chinese laws and regulations, judicial cases, legal news and gazettes. 
Beida Lawinfochina 北大法律信息网:北大英文网
URL 

On-campus: http://www.lawinfochina.com/
Off-campus: https://ezproxy.soas.ac.uk/login?url=http://www.lawinfochina.com/

Access

Any Library user from computers on-campus. SOAS students and staff only from computers off-campus. One concurrent user only.

Authentication

Available to all Library users on-campus. Off-campus access available to SOAS staff and students, using their SOAS id and password.

Username and password

Non-required

Full-text or bibliographic

Full-text

Description

The database provides access to full-texts of English translations of Chinese laws and regulations, judicial cases, legal news and gazettes. It also allows users to search and browse the table of contents of leading law journals.

There are also notes and hyperlinks to all the related laws, regulations, cases and law review articles. The notes and links are in Chinese language.

Dates covered

From 1949 to the present.

Search tips

The database can be searched in either English, Chinese (simplified only)

Download/e-mail/print/reference software

Download, e-mail and print are available.

On-campus use

Off-campus use
Apabi Digital Library 阿帕比数字资源库
Access to over 500 e-books, 50+ yearbooks and 10 newspapers. 
Apabi Digital Library 阿帕比数字资源库
URL 

On-campus: http://dlib.apabi.com/soas/
Off-campus: https://ezproxy.soas.ac.uk/login?url=http://dlib.apabi.com/soas/

Access

Available to all Library users on-campus. Off-campus access available to SOAS staff and students, using their SOAS id and password. 

Authentication

Available to all Library users on-campus. Off-campus access available to SOAS staff and students, using their SOAS id and password.

Full-text or bibliographic

Full-text. 

Description

Currently, the database includes:

  1. Reading China:   564 eBooks collected from the best modern literature works.   
  2. Yearbook: 53 titles, 553 volumes in the yearbook database. Latest issues will be uploaded into the database when published. The subjects are chiefly statistical yearbooks. Please click guide to yearbooks ( 年鉴导航) for more information.
  3. Newspaper: 10 titles. In addition to inquiry and searching service using professional classifying system and indexing methods that are suitable to newspaper resource.  The database provides such service as browsing original -newspapers online and other value-added services. Latest issues will be uploaded into the database when published.   
Dates covered:

Reading China: Since 1950s to the turn of the century;
Yearbook: varies according to title - earliest 1970s and latest one year ago;
Newspaper: updated everyday 

Download/e-mail/print /reference software

Users need Apabi Reader to download/borrow eBooks to read offline.

No Apabi Reader required to read newspapers or yearbooks 

Special requirements

Simplified Chinese, GB code.  

User guide:

URL: http://dlib.apabi.com/eastview/help.aspx?t=2&cult=US,

On-campus use
China Academic Journals (CAJ) 中国期刊全文数据库
Full-text access to over 1,000 Chinese language journals; in the subscribed series: Literature/History/Philosophy (F), Politics/Military affairs/Law (G), Education/Social Sciences (H) and Economics (J).  
China Academic Journals (CAJ) 中国期刊全文数据库
URL

On-campus: http://oversea.cnki.net/
Off-campus: https://ezproxy.soas.ac.uk/login?url=http://oversea.cnki.net/ 

Access

Access is limited to 3 users at a time. Any Library user from computers on-campus. SOAS students and staff only from computers off-campus.

Authentication

Available to all Library users on-campus. Off-campus access available to SOAS staff and students, using their SOAS id and password.

Full-text or bibliographic

Full-text is available to subscribed content. A small percentage of the articles are images which can be converted to text-based articles by using the OCR button. Bibliographic citations are available free of charge for the entire CNKI database.

Description

The database, with English language interface, provides full-text access to Chinese journals, many of which include English abstracts.

Over 15 million articles from approximately 1,200 journals within the four subscribed series which are: Literature/History/Philosophy (F), Politics/Military affairs/Law (G), Education/Social Sciences (H) and Economics (J).

Dates covered:

Date rang varies according to title (most are retrospectively covered).

Download/e-mail/print /reference software

Download, e-mail and print are available. Citations can be exported to End Note or Ref Works software.

Search tip

The best result is gained by searching with terms in simplified Chinese.

Special requirements

All articles are available in PDF format so you will need Acrobat Reader version 5.X or higher with simplified Chinese font, or alternatively download CAJ Viewer to view or download the articles.

Please use Microsoft IE to input Chinese characters and choose a GB or Unicode encoded font.

More information

Additional information is readily available by clicking on the link to the CAJ Bibliographic Database, 'Librarians Corner,' or other parts of this page.

On-campus use

Off-campus use
China Doctoral/Masters Dissertations (CDMD) 中国博士/ 硕士学位论文全文数据库
Masters theses (1999-2012) and doctoral dissertations (2000-2012). 
China Doctoral/Masters Dissertations (CDMD) 中国博士/ 硕士学位论文全文数据库
URL

On-campus: http://oversea.cnki.net

Off-campus: https://ezproxy.soas.ac.uk/login?url=http://oversea.cnki.net

Access
Access is limited to 3 users at a time. Any Library user from computers on-campus. SOAS students and staff only from computers off-campus.

Authentication
Available to all Library users on-campus. Off-campus access available to SOAS staff and students, using their SOAS id and password.

Full-text or bibliographic
Full-text is available to subscribed content. A small percentage of the articles are images which can be converted to text-based articles by using the OCR button. Bibliographic citations are available free of charge for the entire CNKI database.

Description
The database, with English language interface, provides full-text access to Chinese journals, many of which include English abstracts.

Over 15 million articles from approximately 1,200 journals within the four subscribed series which are: Literature/History/Philosophy (F), Politics/Military affairs/Law (G), Education/Social Sciences (H) and Economics (J).

Dates covered:
From 2000 onwards.

Download/e-mail/print /reference software

Download, e-mail and print are available. Citations can be exported to End Note or Ref Works software.

Search tip

The best result is gained by searching with terms in Chinese.

Special requirements

All articles are available in PDF format so you will need Acrobat Reader version 5.X or higher with simplified Chinese font, or alternatively download CAJ Viewer to view or download the articles.

Please use Microsoft IE to input Chinese characters and choose a GB or Unicode encoded font.

More information

Additional information is readily available by clicking on the link to the CAJ Bibliographic Database, 'Librarians Corner,' or other parts of this page.

On-campus use

Off-campus use
China Maxx (中文集献)
China Maxx is the European mirror site of Superstar Digital Library (超星数字图书馆). It is a full-text database of e-books purchased from China. Titles such as: 四库全书存目, 四库禁毁书丛刊,四库未收书刊辑 totalled 2,000 volumes,  are in the database. Four early twenty century periodicals such as 新青年 & 妇女杂志,are also included. Important Chinese culture and historical data, such as上海市文史资料,山东省文史资料 &  北京文史资料 in 1, 700 volumes together with over 200 volumes ebooks have been  purchased. 
China Maxx (中文集献)
URL

On-campus: http://www.chinamaxx.net/
Off-campus: https://ezproxy.soas.ac.uk/login?url=https://ezproxy.soas.ac.uk/login?url=http://www.chinamaxx.net/

Access

Description

China Maxx is the European mirror site of Superstar Digital Library (超星数字图书馆). It is a full-text database of e-books purchased from China. Titles such as: 四库全书存目, 四库禁毁书丛刊,四库未收书刊辑 totalled 2,000 volumes,  are in the database. Four early twenty century periodicals such as 新青年 & 妇女杂志,are also included. Important Chinese culture and historical data, such as上海市文史资料,山东省文史资料 &  北京文史资料 in 1, 700 volumes together with over 200 volumes ebooks have been  purchased.

Currently the ebooks in this database are limited. They are organised into subject folders. They are searchable .

Technical Requirements

Internet Explorer required.
Simplified Chinese GB code

On-campus use

Off-campus use
China Statistical Data Online 中国数据在线
Online access to the following databases for statistical data on China: Monthly Statistics, National Statistics, Provincial Statistics, City Statistics, County Statistics, Monthly Industrial Data, Yearly Industrial Data, Statistics on Maps, Statistical Yearbooks (Provincial, City and National). Census data.  On-campus use

Off-campus use
Chinese Studies Online (COS) 万方数据
Includes access to: China Online Journals (COJ)(Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences); Dissertations of China (DOC)(Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences); Policies and Laws of China (PLOC) 
Chinese Studies Online (COS) 万方数据
URL

On-campus: http://www.wanfangdata.com/chinese_studies/advanced_search.asp
Off-campus: https://ezproxy.soas.ac.uk/login?url=http://www.wanfangdata.com/chinese_studies/advanced_search.asp

Access

Available to all Library users on-campus. Off-campus access available to SOAS staff and students. Access is limited to one user at a time.

Username and password

Available to all Library users on-campus. Off-campus access available to SOAS staff and students, using their SOAS id and password

Username and password

Not required.

Full-text or bibliographic

Full-text.

Description

The Chinese Studies Online (CSO) is a package as well as a platform that enables searching multiple resources in one click. It focuses on a broad collection of Chinese studies materials. Among this package:

1. China Online Journals (COJ)(Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences)

Provides cover-to-cover display journals, allowing readers to browse each journal in the same manner as with print copies; covers from 1997 & update weekly.

Focuses on core journals that are highly recommended by librarians. Among them:

  • Arts/Humanities: (491 titles)
  • Law/politics: (440 titles)
  • Social Sciences: (660 titles)
  • Business/economics:(612 titles)
2. Dissertations of China (DOC)(Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences)

Holds over 850,000 records of full-text, or abstracts and other descriptive information of Masters, Doctoral, and Post-doctoral dissertations from KEY Chinese research institutions from 1986 onward.

3. Policies and Laws of China (PLOC)

Provides valuable information on Chinese jurisdiction, legislature, and business laws.

Holds 168,194 records covering a comprehensive range of full-text Chinese policies, laws and regulations of both national and regional levels from 1949 onward.

Download/e-mail/print /reference software

Download, e-mail and print are available.

Search tip

The best result is gained by searching with terms in simplified Chinese.

Special requirements
  • It uses OCR-based PDF as its sole format.
  • Please use Microsoft IE to input Chinese characters and choose a GB or Unicode encoded.
On-campus use

Off-campus use
Chinese Theses and Dissertations Services (Taiwan) 中文電子學位論文服務
Taiwanese Theses and dissertations database. 
Chinese Theses and Dissertations Services (Taiwan) 中文電子學位論文服務

Chinese Theses and Dissertations Services (Taiwan) 中文電子學位論文服務

URL

On-campus: http://www.cetd.com.tw/ec/
Off-campus: https://ezproxy.soas.ac.uk/login?url=http://www.cetd.com.tw/ec/

Access
Any Library user from computers on-campus. SOAS students and staff only from computers off-campus.

Authentication
Available to all Library users on-campus. Off-campus access available to SOAS staff and students, using their SOAS id and password.

Full-text or bibliographic
Full-text is available to subscribed content.

Description
Consists of theses and dissertations information from Taiwan higher education institutions after 2004.  At present, this database contains theses and dissertations mainly from Taiwan universities, including National Taiwan University, National Taipei University of Technology, Tapei National University of the Arts, National Tsing Hua University and National Taiwan Normal University,
with over 27,000 bibliographic citations and 16,500 theses in full text.  Subject coverage includes humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, applied sciences, medicine and life sciences.

Download/e-mail/print /reference software
Download, e-mail and print are available.

Search tip
The best result is gained by searching with terms in traditional Chinese.

Special requirements
All articles are available in PDF format so you will need Acrobat Reader version 5.X

On-campus use

Off-campus use
Duxiu 读秀
Duxiu 读秀 covers Chinese publications from the early 1930s to the present. It retrieves content from various formats including Chinese ebooks. 
Duxiu 读秀
URL

On-campus: http://www.duxiu.com/
Off-campus: https://ezproxy.soas.ac.uk/login?url=http://www.duxiu.com/

Description

Duxiu is a huge content-based database composed of 600,000,000 full text pages, with very
flexible searches (full-text, books, articles, theses, web pages, newspapers).

Searching using the full text filter, you can read (and print) most articles. Sometimes there is
a limit of what you can access at one time, but you can follow up with searches for the words
at the end of those pages, etc.

Searching using the book title filter, you can read a limited number of pages directly on-line,
but in many cases you can then email to yourself 50 pages or 1/5th of the book (whichever is
less) at a time.

Some of the books can be purchased by the library for perpetual access; if you think we
should purchase a recent book as an e-book, please notify the China librarian. These will be
available from Chinamaxx.

Technical Requirements

Internet Explorer required.
Simplified Chinese GB code

On-campus use

Off-campus use
iSinoLaw 中华法律网
A guide to laws and regulations of the People's Republic of China. iSinoLaw has now been replaced by Westlaw China. 
iSinoLaw 中华法律网
ISinoLaw has been replaced by Westlaw China: http://www.westlawchina.com/ [on-campus only]
On-campus use

Off-campus use
GTA China (CSMAR)
Access to the China Stock Market Series and the China Listed Firms Research Series available in English, and both traditional or simplified Chinese. [To access all of the language versions click on 'GTA China (CSMAR)' to the left.]  
GTA China (CSMAR)
URL

On-campus

http://hk.gtarsc.com/  (Simple Chinese)
http://tw.gtarsc.com/   (Traditional Chinese)
http://us.gtarsc.com/   (English)

Off-campus

https://ezproxy.soas.ac.uk/login?url=http://hk.gtarsc.com/ (Simple Chinese)
https://ezproxy.soas.ac.uk/login?url=http://tw.gtarsc.com/ (Traditional Chinese)
https://ezproxy.soas.ac.uk/login?url=http://us.gtarsc.com/ (English)

About

Access to the China Stock Market Series and the China Listed Firms Research Series available in English, and both traditional or simplified Chinese. GTA is a leading global provider of China financial market data, China industries and economic data. The Stock Market Data includes end-of-day prices, volume and computed comparable prices of all A shares and B shares companies listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange and the Shenzhen Stock Exchange from 1990 to present. China Corporate Research Series provide detailed information on listed companies’ finance and behaviour. Data mainly derive from periodic and ad-hoc announcements from listed companies, including financial statements, financial ratios management information, shareholder information, corporate behaviour and analyst forecasts.

On-campus use

Off-campus use
Gujin tushi jicheng 古今圖書集成
First published in 1726 and with complete original text and illustrations, the 'Complete Classics Collection of Ancient China' 古今圖書集成 chronicles 5,000 years of Chinese art, literature, culture and science. Browse and search the entire 1934 edition--all 64 volumes--online in full text, every character (Chinese - full form).   On-campus use

Off-campus use
Oxford Language Dictionaries Online: Chinese-English; English-Chinese
Currently featuring over 220,000 words, phrases, and translations from the Pocket Oxford Chinese Dictionary (Third edition), plus tools and resources  On-campus use

Off-campus use
Renmin ribao 人民日报
Online version of Renmin ribao 人民日报 (People's Daily) 1946 - 2010, updated every 6 months.  On-campus use

Off-campus use
Siku Quanshu (e-SKQS) 四庫全書
The Siku Quanshu: Wenyuange edition compiled during the years 1773-1782. Includes 3,460 classical works. 
Siku Quanshu (e-SKQS) 四庫全書
Access

Access via an installed client programme at most computers in the library. SOAS students and staff access from library computers on-campus use only. 

External users can access the database on request at the Library Enquiry Desk.

Full-text or bibliographic

Full-text.

Description

Siku Quanshu Wenyuange edition 1782 (The Complete Library of Four Treasures, 四庫全書) has been deemed as an essential resource for Chinese humanity studies. Initiated by Emperor Qianlong in the late 18th century, the project aimed to collect the most comprehensive information representing the major categories of traditional Chinese knowledge.

Download/e-mail/print /reference software

Download, e-mail and print are available.

Search tip

The best result is gained by searching with terms in traditional Chinese.

More information

Login instructions

On-campus use
Taiwan Electronic Periodical Services (TEPS) 台灣電子期刊服務網
TEPS 台灣電子期刊服務網 is an on-line database offering full-text Taiwanese periodicals. Currently TEPS contains more than 700 Taiwan Periodicals of different subjects.  On-campus use

Off-campus use
聯合新聞網udn.com
Online newspapers, including: United Daily News, Economic Daily News, Ming Shen Daily News, United Evening News, World Journal and Europe Journal, contents of partner magazines. 
聯合新聞網udn.com

URL

On-campus: http://udndata.com/library/

Access
Any Library user from computers on-campus.

Authentication
Available to all Library users on-campus.

Full-text or bibliographic
Full-text is available to subscribed content.

Description
Provides worldwide Chinese readers  online news ; Cover newspapers: United Daily News, Economic Daily News, Ming Shen Daily News, United Evening News, World Journal and Europe Journal, contents of partner magazines.

Download/e-mail/print /reference software
Download, e-mail and print are available.

Search tip
The best result is gained by searching with terms in traditional Chinese.

Special requirements
All articles are available in PDF format so you will need Acrobat Reader version 5.X

On-campus use

Off-campus use
Westlaw China
Westlaw China has the largest collection of China's primary law, with more than 800,000 laws and regulations since 1949 and over 500,000 cases. [Click 'If you are a Westlaw China subscriber, please click 'Log in'.']  On-campus use

Off-campus use