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A guide to selected digital resources for conducting research in Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan



Zhonghua Ancient Books Database 中华经典古籍数据库 includes 630 titles (400 million characters) of Confucian classics, history, philosophy, and literature works that are proofread, collated, and published by 中華書局.


Chinese Film and Newsreel Scripts from the Cultural Revolution Online can be used in combination with this index.


The North-China Daily News & Herald Newspapers and Hong Lists (1850~1951) 字林洋行中英文报纸全文数据库 covers the English and Chinese newspapers published by North-China Daily News & Herald, Limited, the most important and largest British-founded press agency in Shanghai in the 1800s


"Pishu 皮书": China Economy, Public Policy, and Security Database contains over 1000 volumes of 1996-present 'Pishu' (皮书, which literally means ‘cover-books’).


Soshoo 搜数 provides full search function to China-related statistical data, covering Mainland, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. All data can be exported as Excel form.


China Infobank 中国资讯行 provides access to real time business news, China general news articles and magazines, information and statistics on government, reports and statistics of various industries and regions in China. Indexed and updated daily. 


South China Morning Post (1903-1996) 南華早報 is a premier English-language title that gives researchers new insights into Hong Kong's unique political and social history during the 20th century.


Apabi Chinese Digital Newspapers Collection contains 26 contemporary newspapers (current and back issues), including 环球时报 and 南方周末.  Updated daily.


Zhongyang Ribao 中央日报 (1928-1949) is a fully searchable database of Kuomingtang's (KMT) official newspaper.

What's in this Guide

This LibGuide provides a general map of digital resources for the Chinese Studies community at the University of Michigan.  The majority of the resources listed here are in the Chinese language.  They are categorized into seven tabs.  Start browsing now, and you will learn more about each resource through overviews.  Then click the link and experience its interface and searching function. 

Please note that this LibGuide is not exhaustive.  For example, no printed and microfilm materials are included here although the Asia Library does have a tremendous collection.  It is possible that resources that are specifically useful for your own courseworks and research projects may not be represented here.  If you have any questions, please contact your Chinese Studies Librarian Liangyu Fu for help.


  • Other useful LibGuides for Chinese Studies:

          English-language Resources on East Asian Studies

          GIS, Maps and Statistical Data on China

          Chinese-language Resources in STEM Fields (STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

Commonly Used Databases

CJK Computing

Using digital recourses listed in this LibGuide requires certain knowledge of Chinese and Japanese computing. Click on the topics below to learn more.

Library Contact

Liangyu Fu
415 Hatcher Graduate Library North
Asia Library
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
(734) 936-2354

China @ U-M