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Chinese Studies

The guide provides some starting points for your research of China at Duke

Sidney D. Gamble Photographs

Sidney D. Gamble in China, 1908-1932

Documenting Gamble's four trips to China

Devil Dance at Lama Temple, March 1 1919, Dancer in Mask

New Resources

民國期刊全文數據庫:The full text part covering 1911-1949; the index part covering 1833-1949.

China Geo-Explorer: Offers China demographic and economic data, maps, charts and reports in the web-based delivery system

Dragonsource Magazine 龙源期刊 :15 popular magazines from Mainland of China

Searching Chinese materials at Duke

Duke’s Chinese collection focuses on contemporary economics, politics and society, public policy and popular cultures and Buddhist and avant-garde art history. Search in Duke catalog to find Chinese language materials:

1.Which Romanization system to use?

Duke catalog adopts Pinyin as the way to display Romanized Chinese characters. Please consult the Wade-Giles to Zhuyin to Pinyin Conversion Table. if you are more familiar with Wade-Giles or Zhuyin.

2. How to search the catalog with Pinyin?

In general, enter the Pinyin for each Chinese character with a space, such as Ying Han Da Ci Dian for 英漢大詞典However, sometimes you need to join syllables, examples:

 Personal Names
  • 毛澤東
  • 無名氏
  • 惠能
  • 尼克森
  • Mao Zedong
  • Wumingshi
  • Huineng
  • Nikesen 
 Place Names
  • 揚子江
  • 廣州市
  • 安徽省
  • 廣西壯族自治區
  • Yangzi Jiang
  • Guangzhou Shi
  • Anhui Sheng
  • Guangxi Zhuangzu Zizhiqu

3. How to search the catalog with Chinese characters?  

Chinese searches entered in keyword searches retrieve records across Chinese, Japanese and Korean.  Terms can be combined using Boolean operators; you can also combine terms in different languages -- Chinese characters, Japanese kana, Korean Hangul and English.  Character adjacency is the default, so combining characters will produce results for the compound not the single characters.

Duke has a longstanding cooperative collection development agreement with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). Search at TRLN to find titles at both Duke and UNC.


Subject Librarian for China

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Luo Zhou
Office: Bostock 229

Tel: 919-660-5803

Office hour: Friday 1-3pm @ Bostock 229 or send me an email to set up a consultation.