Welcome to the Chinese Studies and Language Subject Research Guide
Your subject librarians have designed this guide to highlight online resources at the University of Melbourne Library that are relevant to Chinese Studies and Language.
This guide is intended to be a starting point for your research. For a more comprehensive list of Library resources for this subject please visit the A-Z eJournals and Databases website.
Note: The buttons below will open resources in new windows.
Expand the following sections to view some resources you may find useful in your Chinese language studies.
The databases below are multidisciplinary so you can expect lots of results from different subject areas.
For Chinese language journals, please visit the China Academic Journals full-text Database, and browse journal titles by clicking the Journal Navigation button.
You can view a selection of online Chinese Studies eJournals (English language) that the Library holds by clicking on the button below (this will open in a new window). For a more comprehensive list of eJournals please visit our A-Z eJournals page.
The East Asian Collection is divided into two parts: the Rare East Asian Collection (housed in Baillieu Library and are available via the Baillieu Library Reading Room) and the General East Asian Collection (able to be borrowed from the ERC Library). The General East Asian Collection consists of both print and electronic research materials in Chinese, Japanese and Korean languages. This collection mainly covers the areas of arts and humanities, social sciences and architectural history.
When using the UniMelb library Catalogue:
To find English language books for your topic in library Catalogue, use a keyword search. For example:
Keyword searching often retrieves a large number of results. These four techniques can help you focus your search:
Narrows your search
E.g. Chinese AND cinema
Expands your search
E.g. legal OR law OR judicial
Searches for an exact phrase
E.g. "Cultural Revolution"
searches for variant endings
E.g. Confuci* = Confucius, Confucianism, Confucianist
The video below (3:47 mins) explains how you can use these advanced search techniques to quickly find relevant books and ebooks in the catalogue:
University of Melbourne staff and students can request resources through the Library’s Inter-Library Loans service. For more information visit the ILL web page, or you can access the request forms.
A CAVAL card allows you to borrow from other universities and TAFEs. Visit the CAVAL website to find out how to sign up for a CAVAL card.
You can then use the Trove website to see which library has the book you want.
You can also utilize the following website:
Click on the button below to view more statistical resources that the Library holds/has access to (this will open in a new window).
For more information about finding news, click on the button below (this will open in a new window).
Visit the Baillieu Library for on-site access to the University of Melbourne Library's Chinese Historical Newspapers in Microform Collection (this will open in a new window).
The Rare East Asian Collection houses more than 20,000 volumes of titles ranging from the 17th century to the 21st century.
Collection items can be requested for viewing in the Special Collections Reading Room at Baillieu Library, Level 3.
The University of Melbourne Library holds a significant Chinese Microform Collection containing a wealth of primary and secondary source material. For example, 红卫兵资料 OR 申報; 大公報. For more information about accessing the microforms collection, click on the button below (this will open in a new window).
Below are selected China-related primary source databases, you can find more by visiting the A-Z eJournals and Databases website.
Browse all primary source databases
Click on the button below to browse all online primary source databases the Library subscribes to (it will open in a new tab).
You can sort the list by searching with China in the search box.
Click on the button below to view a selection of resources on Chinese legal research that the Library holds (this will open in a new window).
Senior Librarian, Chinese & Asian Studies