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Researching Chinese History
When searching, think about your topic and change your search terms. Don't just search for China, you will find materials that are broadly about the country, from all time periods.
- What search terms are relevant to your research?
- Use your class readings to help you find more specific terms, or look at a reference work (like an encyclopedia or handbook) for background information and context.
- Choose a geographical area/city to research (e.g. Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, etc.)
- Choose a specific time period (e.g. Shang Dynasty, Han Dynasty etc.)
- Chose a specific person or event.
Bibliography of Asian Studies (EBSCO)
Contains records on all subjects (especially the humanities and social sciences) pertaining to East, Southeast, and South Asia published worldwide from 1971 to the present. The online BAS contains printed volumes of the BAS issued from the 1971 to 1991, as well as entries compiled since then. Various projects have contributed additional records to BAS (among them journals on Southeast Asia dating as far back as 1779).
Oxford Bibliographies: Chinese Studies
A multi- and inter-disciplinary enterprise covering the study of China across all disciplines. Developed mainly from two sources, a long-standing tradition of Sinology, and from the Second World War, an “area studies” approach – initially closely linked to US foreign policy needs and remaining predominant in the US, Canada and Australia – has focused on modern China using interdisciplinary (mainly social science) methods.