Study Abroad - China

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Welcome to the Study Abroad - China Research Guide

This guide will help you find books, videos, articles and websites for use in your travels to and studies about China. Use the tabs below to start searching for different types of materials.

If you need additional help, please feel free to contact me or a reference librarian: Ask A Librarian.

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  1. Books and Videos
  2. Databases
  3. Websites

Many of the following books are all available electronically. You will need a current library card to access books online. Please note that some books are available for one simultaneous user only. Titles of books available in print will include the call number.

Travel Guides

Arts & Architecture


History and Geography

Government & Politics


Streaming Videos

  • Academic Video Online
    Find hundreds of newsreel footage and documentaries on China. Subjects include culture, politics, history and current events. Refine your search results by limiting your results to, for example, discipline, subject and historical era. These limiters are located on the left side of page.

  • Films On Demand
  • Many films on China, primarily from the perspective of Business, current and historical footage.

E-book Collections

E-books are published using a variety of platforms - some can be accessed using tablet readers.

Searching Collections:

These collections can be searched by using the keyword "China" for broad search results. Adding keywords such as "History" or "Culture" to your search will produce fewer results but these results will be more precise.

Many, but not all, books in these collections can also be located and accessed by searching in the Library's book catalog.

  • ebrary
  • Many e-books can be viewed from your computer or downloaded to your e-book reader. You need to create an account to download e-books to your device.

  • EBSCO e-book collection
  • Find several e-books on China covering various subjects such as Culture and Society, History, Politics and Literature. NOTE: Books can be viewed by single page on a computer, or, can be downloaded to an -book reader. You'll be prompted to create an EBSCO account. The loan period for e-books is four hours. Books can be renewed after the initial loan period expires.

  • Humanities (ACLS) E-book Collection
  • This resource includes over 1500 full-text, cross-searchable books in the humanities selected by scholars for their continuing importance for research and teaching. Pages from this collection can be printed and emailed.

Databases - Best Bets

Below are databases covering Art, History and general topics. You can access these databases from the alphabetical listing of databases

  • AcademicOneFile
  • Academic OneFile is great for both popular and peer-reviewed full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources, and is an excellent resource for general research.

  • Academic Search Complete
  • Academic Search Complete provides both scholarly and popular journal coverage for nearly all academic areas of study and is a great resource for general research.

  • Art And Architecture Complete
  • Excellent source for information on Chinese artists, famous works of art by Chinese artists and Chinese art traditions.

  • Credo Reference
  • Credo Reference is a full-text online reference service. The collection includes over three million entries from hundreds of well-regarded titles from some of world's the best reference publishers.

  • JSTOR is an archive of digitized journal articles ranging in date from the 1700s to the early 2000s. These collections span a variety of subjects in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Physical Sciences.

  • Literature Resource Center
  • Literature Resource Center provides access to biographies and criticism of authors from every age and literary discipline. The Literature Resource Center covers more than 120,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalists, and other writers, with in-depth coverage of 2,500 of the most-studied authors.

  • Oxford Art Online
  • This resource includes the full-text of:
    Grove Art Online
    Oxford Companion to Western Art
    Encyclopedia of Aesthetics
    The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms

Websites - Guidebooks and Area Studies

  • China - China National Tourist Offices - CNTO (Official China tourism site)
    Good source for information on China's history and culture, geography, holidays and festivals, and other useful travel information. See the "About China" "Useful Information" and "China 360" tabs near the top of the page.

  • Conde Nast Traveler - China
    Free travel information for China, organized by city and region. Includes information on hotels, restaurants, nightlife and cultural attractions.

  • Lonely Planet - China
    Lots of free content interspersed with advertisements, Lonely Planet - China offers several collections of resources, such as Architecture in China, Best of the Great Wall, Top Things to do in China, Ancient China and China's Top Festivals.

  • Fodor's China
    Organized by region and city, Fodor's China provides many useful tips for travelers in China. Essential Chinese phrases for travelers, tips for eating and staying in China, and links to historical sites and top attractions are of note.

  • Frommer's China
    Frommer's free website includes many "best bets" for museum attractions, towns & villages and temples & Shrines. Also included are resources by region, city and national park.

  • Michelin Travel Guide - Mainland China
    General information on traveling in China - note the sections labeled "Introduction" "Reports" and "Useful Information" in center of page.

  • National Geographic - China
    Find facts, maps, photos and videos on China. The sections for "World Heritage" sites and for the cities Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai are of particular interest. NOTE - You will need to create an account to access all free content on this site.

  • NY Times China Travel Guide
    Articles, photos and video about China from The New York Times, including hotel, restaurant and attraction information with reader reviews and advice on where to stay, where to eat and what to do.

  • Telegraph's China Travel Guide
    "An insider's guide to China, including when to go, where to stay, the best tour operators, what to pack and recommended reading." Scroll to the bottom of the page to find guides for select cities.

  • Yahoo Travel - China
    Directory arranged by "best for" categories and by city. Includes useful sections on restaurants and "What to Do" for each listed city. Provides user-written reviews.

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