CrossAsia (an der Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin)
CrossAsia provides a central access point to resources on Asia for the fields of philology, history, political science, economics, ethnology and regional studies. Furthermore, the portal presents bibliographic information of printed and electronic resources of numerous library catalogues and offers licensed full-text databases to Western and Asian contemporary and historical sources, including rare and old books.
CrossAsia was set up by the East Asia Department of Berlin State Library and is further developed in cooperation with the South Asia Institute as well as the Heidelberg University Library. The platform is partly funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG).

ChinaKnowledge is an online encyclopaedia compiled by Dr. Ulrich Theobald. It includes detailed information on all periods of Chinese history, key events, important persons (over 1,000), and technical terms or catchphrases until the present day—with information on the political system of the time, the military, economy, science and technology, society, as well as thought and philosophy. The website provides more than 2,000 articles on traditional Chinese literature, with bibliographical descriptions of individual texts and treatises on literary genres. Dr. Theobald further describes numerous art objects and explains the developments of art forms and trends. Moreover, he presents in-depth articles on religions in China and introduces the various aspects of the Chinese language and forms of writing.

Research Guide for Chinese Studies (Harvard University)
This research guide is presented by the library of Harvard University and provides an introduction to selected electronic resources for Chinese studies such as various databases, projects, and reference tools. Among the main categories of the collection are “Books”, “Articles, “News/Media”, “Maps/Images”, “Statistics”, and “Bibliographies”. In addition to that, the website provides a finding aid for the Harvard-Yenching Library Special Collections.

Digitale Ressourcen von A bis Z (East Asian Library, Heidelberg University)
The East Asian Library (Bereichsbibliothek Ostasien) of Heidelberg University presents an extensive link list to databases, projects, and websites relevant for East Asian Studies. The collection is organised under the main categories “Local Resources”, “Blogs & News”, “E-books & E-journals”, “Yearbooks”, “New Local Gazetteers”, and “Dictionaries”. A further categorization on top of the list leads directly to such sections as “Art”, “Bibliography”, “Economy”, “Encyclopedias”, “History”, “Language”, “Law”, “Literature”, “Periodicals”, “Politics”, or “Religion”.  The collection can also be browsed alphabetically or searched by a search function.   

Internet Guide for China Studies
The Internet Guide for Chinese Studies provides as a part of the so-called World-Wide Web Virtual Library Project a collection of over 1700 significant links to research information in the field of Chinese studies. The table of contents was modelled after the Library of Congress Classification Schedules and lists entries to philosophy and religion, history, geography, economy, society, politics, law, education, music, arts, language and literature, science and medicine, technology, and books. The website is maintained by the Sinological Institute of Leiden University with the support from the Institute of Chinese Studies of Heidelberg University, the Berlin State Library, and the German Research Foundation. The website is edited by a group of editors headed by Hanno Lecher.

Thematic Portals

Early China‧Early Medieval China
On this website Wen-yi Huang, postdoctoral fellow of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies of Harvard University, presents a vast bibliography of writings on Early and Medieval China. Each listed book is introduced by an abstract and its table of contents. This way, Dr. Huang provides students of Chinese history and society with a comprehensive overview of the essential literature on various topics. Besides that, the website is also a directory of a substantial amount of links to important websites in the field of Chinese Studies. The links are listed under the following categories: “Blogs and Archives”, “Bibliographies”, “Museums”, “Dictionaries”, “Professional Organizations”, “Translations”, “Journals”, “GIS”, “Silk Road”, “Bamboo and Wooden Slips”, “Religion”, “Databases”, “Tomb Inscriptions”, “Rubbings”, and “Comparative Studies.”

Society for Qing Studies
On the website of the Society for Qing Studies students find a collection to ample resources and links for the research of late imperial China. This collection comprises links and descriptions to English, Chinese, and Japanese sources. This includes full-text sources, blogs, forums, institutional websites, bibliographies, reference tools, databases, and dictionaries. Besides that, the website serves also as the web presence of the journal Late Imperial China which is published by the John Hopkins University Press. The journal presents methodologically innovative work in political and intellectual history, social, economic, cultural, and gender history, as well as historical demography, art history, religious studies, philosophy, and literature.

Searching for Secondary Literature and Primary Sources

Katalog der zentralen Tübinger Universitätsbibliothek


Karlsruher virtueller Katalog (KVK)

Ostasien-Katalog der Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin

EVOCS-European Virtual OPAC for Chinese Studies (Heidelberg)

Union Catalog for Chinese Studies Collections in European Libraries (Search in pinyin)

National Central Library, Taiwan (國家圖書館)

Academia Sinica, Taiwan

CALIS (学苑汲古:高校古文献资源库, Union catalog for old and rare book collections at many universities in China, and include some full-text images. Possible to browse by various parameters. Does not work with VPNs.)

National Library of China (中国国家图书馆)

Peking University Library (北大图书馆)

Qinghua University Library (清华大学图书馆)

Chinese University of Hong Kong (香港中文大學圖書館)

Webcat Plus (Japanese University Libraries)

Union Catalog of University Libraries in Japan

Union Catalog of Premodern Chinese Books in Japan

全國漢籍データベース (日本所藏中文古籍數據庫, search in Chinese or Japanese)

Grand Secretariat Archives Project
The Grand Secretariat Archives Project of the Institute of History and Philology of the Academia Sinica is devoted to the preservation of approx. 310,000 documents that were originally kept in the storerooms of the Grand Secretariat during the Qing dynasty. The archives hold information on a wide variety of subjects and are especially interesting for students of the Ming and Qing periods. The records’ catalog can be viewed free of charge. The complete database, however, is only searchable after registration.

The First Historical Archives of China
The First Historical Archives of China is a national archive in mainland China that stores over 10 million documents from the Ming and Qing dynasties or, in other words, around half of all nowadays still existing documents of this period. The archives’ main bulk of texts date from the time between the fourth year of the Hongwu period (1371) until the third year of the Xuantong period (1911).

Link Collection Provided by the National Palace Museum in Taipei
The Taiwanese National Palace Museum in Taipei City presents a short links list to various searchable Chinese databases of Qing documents and records. Students of the Qing period can use the catalogues to search information on biographical data, official documents, books and other texts and their current storage location. The majority of the databases are free of charge.

Bibliography of Asian Studies (nur im Bereich der Uni Tübingen bzw. mit VPN-Client nutzbar)

Bibliography of Oriental Studies (東洋学文献類目検索)