eResource highlight

Duxiu is a comprehensive bibliographical tool and search engine covering over 3 million Chinese publications from the early 1930s to the present.  It allows you to search across full-text books, journals, newspapers, theses and dissertations, conference proceedings and a wide range of other documents. The 图书馆文献传递 service allows you to request up to 50 pages or 20% of a book and have it sent to you via email. 

The Library provides access to a number of online databases for China Studies. They are accessible both to patrons visiting the Library and registered National Library users from home using a National Library login.

You can search for these databases using the catalogue. Or find them and all our databases by using the Browse eResources tab from the eResources portal.

Browse eResources tab

In this section, you can browse for databases alphabetically, search for specific databases, or use the Browse by Category panel on the left-hand side to see the list of Asian Studies related databases.


The Library holds thousands of selected Chinese ebooks across four ebook databases:

You can search for ebooks in these databases, or click on the 电子图书 (Apabi ebook), 我的图书馆/My Library (CNKI eBooks), 本館館藏 (iRead eBooks) or the Subject headings: 政治、法律 \ 历史、地理  (Chinamaxx) buttons to browse ebooks subscribed by the Library.

Alternatively, you can use the catalogue to search for Chinese language eBooks. To find a Chinese e-book on our catalogue, conduct a basic search by entering titles, authors or keywords into the text box, and limit search results using the Book and Subscribed database options listed on the right-hand side of the search result page.

Online journals and magazines

China Academic Journals (CAJ) indexes thousands of research level Chinese language periodicals. The Library provides full text access to three CAJ series: Series G Politics/ Military Affairs/ Law; Series H Education & Social Sciences and Series J Economics & Management.  

You can search for journal titles using the 'Journal Navigation' button.

CEPS, Chinese electronic periodical Service or Airiti journals includes more than 5,600 academic journals and concentrates chiefly on publications from Taiwan.

Dacheng Old Periodical covers a collection of over 7,000 Chinese periodicals published between 1840 and 1949 in Mainland China. Many of the titles in this database are rare and unique, providing insight into how China became what it is today. 

Journals from this database do not have individual catalogue records searchable through the Library’s catalogue. Search or browse titles in this database directly.

Over 300 titles of Chinese Communist Party related journals published between 1921 and 1949.

Journals from this database do not have individual catalogue records searchable through the Library’s catalogue. Search for titles through the database directly.

Published between 1904 and 1948, the Eastern Miscellany is one of China’s most prominent magazines.

Though not a database specifically for China Studies, the Pressreader database covers newspapers and magazines from all over the world in more than 60 languages, including the Chinese language. There are about 340 Chinese publications available in the database. Examples of them are: 中国新闻周刊, 民生周刊, 女友, 意林, 凤凰生活周刊, 遠見 and 聯合報.

Titles available from this database do not have individual catalogue records searchable through the Library’s catalogue. Use the countries and/or languages options in the database to find Chinese publications.


Ren min ri bao tu wen shu ju ku =  People’s Daily (1946 to present)

The Library provides online access to People’s Daily, the official voice of the government of the People’s Republic of China.

To access the database, find the Ren min ri bao tu wen shu ju ku in the Library’s catalogue or eResources portal, use your Library login details for offsite access, use the link provided to go to the People Data 人民数据, click on the title 人民日报 listed on the left-hand side panel under the heading 报刊资料.

Historical texts

Zhongguo ji ben gu ji ku = 中國基本古籍庫 (Database of Chinese classic ancient books)

A database of around 10,000 pre-20th century Chinese texts.

To access the database, find it in the Library’s catalogue or eResources portal, use your Library login details for offsite access, and choose the database highlighted in red: 中國基本古籍庫V7.0.


Minguo tu pian zi yuan ku = 民國圖片資源庫 1911-1949 (Digital image collections of Republic of China)

Historical photographs for the period 1911-1949 are rare first-hand materials that illuminate aspects of life and events of the time. The database consists of consists of 70,000 photographs, mostly from the Republic Era, with a small number of items from the Qing Dynasty.

Related English databases


A comprehensive collection of full-text newspapers globally, NewsBank: Access Global provides extensive coverage at international, national, and regional level. It includes Chinese news sources, such as China Daily, China Post, Shanghai Daily, South China Morning Post and Global Times. 

North China Daily News online 

Published, with a wartime break 1941-45, from 1864 to 1950, the North-China Daily News (字林西報), was the most influential foreign daily in East Asia, and the key source for the history of Western interests in China and the transnational history of East Asia. 

Policing the Shanghai International Settlement, 1894-1945 

This collection contains a large portion of the archives of the British run municipal police force based in Shangai's former International Settlement. The most extensive coverage is provided by the Special Branch dossier files, which date from 1929-1945. Other documents include supporting reports, handbills, translations of Chinese press coverage and clippings from the English Language press. 

Tiananmen Square and U.S.-China relations, 1989-1993 

A digital collection of 366 items reviews U.S.-China relations in the post-Cold War Era, and analyzes the significance of the 1989 Tiananmen Square demonstrations, China's human rights issues, and resumption of World Bank loans to China in July 1990. Reproduction of the original documents from the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library. 

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