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HIST30072 China & the World: Empire to Great Power

Research guide designed to support students studying Chinese history in finding primary source material for their research essays.

The library catalogue

To find books on a particular subject, use a keyword search on the library catalogue. For example:

Qing dynasty

Mao Zedong

"Chinese Revolution"

Keyword searching often retrieves a large number of results. You can limit your search by using AND and adding more keywords to retrieve resources that have both words in the record. For example:

China AND history

China AND "foreign relations"

Use OR to broaden your search to find material related to similar keywords in the one search:

(Britain OR America) AND China AND "foreign relations"


Refer to the Help on keyword searching for tips on how to search on the library catalogue effectively. These tips also work with databases.


Another way to navigate the catalogue is to use the hyperlinked subject headings in item records. Once clicked on, these headings will show you related subjects around your area and the all the books that the library has related to that subject. Refer to the images below.