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Chinese Studies and Language

Your guide to Chinese Studies and Language resources at the University of Melbourne Library.


This subject guide highlights some key discipline resources to get you started with study and research. 

Chinese Language Learning

Expand the following sections to view some resources you may find useful in your Chinese language studies.

Reference sources

Databases and Journals

Chinese studies-specific databases:
First of all, try searching in one of these subject-specific databases.

Core Arts and Humanities databases:

The databases below are multidisciplinary so you can expect lots of results from different subject areas.

Browse eJournals on Browzine:

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.



You can access print and eBooks via the Library Catalogue. To find books on a particular subject, try a keyword search:




To improve your searching skills, see the Research Essentials Library Guide. Note that you can search the catalogue in non-Latin scripts (including Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese and Korean). 

For information on access and loans, including material from other libraries, see the borrowing from the library page. The eBook Guide provides information on eBook access.

Books within the General East Asian Collection:

The East Asian Collection is divided into two parts:

  • Rare East Asian Collection (housed in Baillieu Library and are available via the Baillieu Library Reading Room)
  • 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. 

Search this collection in the Library catalogue using Chinese characters (simplified and traditional) or Pinyin Romanisation. If you search with Pinyin Romanisation, please refer to the Library of Congress' Chinese romanization guidelines.

Contemporary eBook databases:

Classical text databases:


Statistics and Yearbooks

Chinese statistics and yearbook databases:

Search tips for finding more statistics and yearbooks:
For print sources, try keywords search in our library catalogue with the following:

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 News and Newspapers Library Guide

Chinese Historical Newspapers in Microform

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).

Primary Sources

The Rare East Asian Collection and microforms


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).


Selected primary source databases

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.

Chinese Legal Research

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). 

To find more Chinese language resources on Chinese legal studies, try a keyword search in our library Catalogue with:

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