Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences — Arts & Humanities
East Asia Languages & Literature

Librarian Subject Specialist

Elmyra Appel — (530) 752‑2002 — Humanities, Social Sciences, and Government Information Services (
Spanish Language and Literature, Latin American Studies, & Library Science
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Subject Specific Databases

Zhongguo qi kan quan wen shu ju ku 中国期刊全文数据库= China Academic Journals = CAJ (Chinese database) ( [Restricted] VPN
This is a full-text Chinese academic journal database for Chinese Studies researchers. The UC system subscribes the series in the Literature/History/Philosophy, Economics/Politics/Law, and Education/Social Sciences. The database includes current issues, plus total of 1207 titles from the Century Journal Project (covers the years of 1915-1993.)
Coverage: 1915--2002 for UCD
  • Needs Chinese word processor for searching in Chinese.
Taiwan dian zi qi kan fu wu wang 臺灣電子期刊服務網=Taiwan electronic periodical services =TEPS (Chinese Database) ( [Restricted] VPN
TEPS offers full text articles of periodicals published in Taiwan. The subject includes humanities, natural science, applied science, medical & life science, and social sciences.
  • For better search result, use traditional Chinese words in searching.
  • User Guide (
Shu zi hua qi kan shu ju ku 数字化期刊数据库= China Online Journals=COJ (Chinese Database) ( [Restricted] VPN
COJ is a comprehensive databases in the area of social sciences, arts and humanities, and business and economics. The sub-databases include China Academic Conference Proceedings (Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences), China Online Journals (Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences), Chinese Companies and Products, Dissertations of China(Arts/Humanities/Social Sciences), and Policies and Laws of China. The digital resources are all in PDF, HTML format, with an integrated cross-database search platform. All databases are updated frequently.
Coverage: from 1986--
  • Mirro-site (
  • Needs Chinese word processor for searching in Chinese.
Wen Yuan Ge Si ku Quan Shu 文淵閣四庫全書=Si ku quan shu (Online) [Chinese Database] ( [Restricted] VPN

The "Siku Quan Shu=Complete Library in Four Branches" was compiled during the years 1773-1782 by edict from Emperor Qianlong. It includes 3460 works, with a total of more then 36,000 volumes. In the "Siku Quan shu", the important works include history, astronomy, geography, rules and regulations, politics, economics, society, science and technology, and philosophy. Its four main bibliographic divisions are jing 經, shi 史, zi 子, and ji 集.

NOTE: Access to the "Siku Quan Shu" is available ONLY by using the Internet Explorer (IE) browser. Off campus the database is accessible only through the Proxy Server (; the "Siku Quan Shu" is not accessible using the VPN.

Coverage: 878 BC--1600
  • User Guide (
  • Works only with IE browser. Need to use traditional Chinese words for searching.
Gu gong xian shang 故宮線上典藏資料庫=National Palace Museum Online=NPM Online (Chinese database)
The NPM Online is the only online database authorized by the National Palace Museum in Taiwan to display photo images and related descriptive articles about the pieces in their collections. Currently there are more than 12,000 images of Chinese art and antiques. The collections are classified into seven categories: painting, calligraphy, ceramics, jade, bronze, Buddhist antiques, and rarities. THE NPM ONLINE DATABASE IS NO LONGER PRODUCED AND AVAILABLE FOR SUBSCRIPTION.
Coverage: Coverage ranges from 4000 BC to the modern era.
  • Needs Chinese (traditional) word processor for searching.
  • User Guide (
Quan guo bao kan suo yin 全國報刊索引= National Index to Chinese Newspapers and Periodicals (NICNP) (Chinese Database) ( [Restricted] VPN
NICNP is provided by Shanghai Wenda Information Co., Ltd., based in Shanghai, China. The database provides internet access to titles, authors, and abstracts of newspaper/journal articles published between 1833 to 1979 in China. NICNP covers various subject areas in social sciences and humanities, such as religion, literature, culture, art, politics, economics, and history.
Coverage: 1833-1992
  • Needs Chinese word processor for searching in Chinese.
Zasshi Kiji Sakuin 雑誌記事索引 = MagazinePlus= Nichiga/web sabisu (Japanese Database) ( [Restricted] VPN
This is an index of Japanese language journals and periodical articles.
Coverage: 1975-present.
  • Needs Japanese word processor for searching in Japanese.
CiNii = NII 論文ナビゲ--タ = NII Scholarly and Academic Information Navigator (Japanese Database) ( [Restricted] VPN
CiNii (Citation Information by National Institute of Informatics) is a bibliographic information system for scholarly journal articles, with which users can (1) search article citations originally from various databases, covering ca. 17,000 journal titles in 8 million articles; (2) view photographic image of the full-text articles for ca. 1500 journal titles in 2 million articles; (3) trace articles that were referred to in the article, and trace articles that cite the article, covering ca. 1200 titles in 0.8 million articles. As a periodical index to Japanese academic journal as well as an access to full text articles from some journals, CiNii, at present, is the only resource that provides full text access to Japanese journal articles.
Coverage: 1948 to present
  • Needs Japanese word processor for searching in Japanese.
  • CiNii Quick guide (
Gu jin tu shu ji cheng 古今图书集成 (标点) = Complete classics collection of ancient China (Chinese Database) ( [Restricted] VPN
Trace 5000 years of Chinese civilization from its early origins to the Qing Dynasty. Edited by Chen Meng-lei, a renowed scholar of the Qing Dynasty. Based on the authoritative 64 volume edition from 1934 with original text, illustrations and punctuation. The collection includes works on astronomy, geography, history, philosophy, literature, politics, economics, art, education, agriculture, medicine and more.
Coverage: From ancient China through the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)
  • Needs Chinese word processor for searching in Chinese.
Lian he zhi shi ku 聯合知識庫= News Database=UDNDATA (Chinese Database) ( [Restricted] VPN
UDNDATA is a newspaper database of the United Daily News Group, the largest news group in Taiwan. UDNDATA covers seven Chinese newspapers in Taiwan, Europe and North America: Lian He Bao 聯合報, Jing Ji Ri Bao 經濟日報, Min Sheng Bao 民生報, Lian He Wan Bao 聯合晚報, Xing Bao 星報 in Taiwan, Ouzhou Ri Bao 歐洲日報 in Europe and Meizhou Shi Jie Ri bao 美洲世界日報 in North America. The online database provides current and searchable full-text articles, as well as searchable images, published on the above seven newspapers. It is not only a major information source in Taiwan, but also an important information sources on overseas Chinese in Europe and North America.
  • For better search result, use traditional Chinese words in searching.
Taiwan wen xian cong kan 臺灣文獻叢刊= The Encyclopedia of Taiwan (Chinese database) ( [Restricted] VPN
This is the largest single database on Taiwanese history in the Chinese language, including abstracts and indexing from thousand of books. The database contains 595 books divided into 309 categories. This collection incorporaates local histories, official documents of Ming, Qin and Nan-Ming Dynasties, poetry, and private collections. It covers multiple dimensions of study, including geography, local customs, politics, economics, sociology, laws and culture. Based on the Taiwan Literature Series and edited by Chou Hsien-wen. It is also useful to the research on history of China's international trades and relations.
Coverage: From Tang Dynasty (618-907) through the Japanese occupation period (1895-1945.)
  • For best result, use traditional Chinese words for searching.
Ren min ri bao 人民日报电子版= People's Daily (Chinese Database) ( [Restricted] VPN
The "People's Daily" is the official voice of the central government of the People's Republic of China. This database provides complete official records of the Chinese government from 1946-2005.
Coverage: 1946-2005
  • Needs Chinese word processor for searching in Chinese.
Bibliography of Asian Studies ( [Restricted] VPN
The online version of the Bibliography of Asian Studies contains more than 800,000 records on all subjects (especially humanities and social sciences) pertaining to East, Southeast, and South Asia published worldwide beginning in 1971 to present.
Coverage: 1971-present, depending upon the subfile.
Bibliography of Japanese History to 1912 (
A completely revised bibliography of Japanese history to the end of the Meiji period, by Peter Kornicki. The original appeared in 1996 (UC-Davis has this copy at H/SS Reference, call no. DS835 K67 1996.) The bibliography is arranged by period and also by topics such as foreign relations 1800-1900 and Meiji economic, intellectual, social, and military history.
WorldCat CJK (
Use this catalog to search for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Collections World-Wide.
Location: Access this database from UC Davis Library Home page, click on "Next-Generation Melvyl."
Annuals of the Choson Dynasty 朝鮮王朝實錄 (Korean Database) (
The annuals of the Choson Dynasty comprises 1893 books, covering 472 years (1392-1863) history of the Choson Dynasty, from the reign of King Taejo (the founder) to the end of the reign of King Cheoljong. Thick extensive set of records is considered to deal with the longest period of a single dynasty in the world.
Coverage: 1392-1863
  • It is recommended to download the special fonts onto your computer before using this database.
  • This is free, in Korean language.

General Databases

Academic Search Complete [via EBSCO] ( [Restricted] VPN
Academic Search Complete (ASC) provides coverage of multidisciplinary, full-text academic journals to support scholarly research in all areas of the arts, humanities and the social, life and physical sciences. The database includes the full-text articles from 9,100 journals, with an additional 13,690 journals indexed and abstracted. Searches can be restricted to peer-reviewed articles.
Coverage: 1887-present

Other Resources

East Asian Language Collection [UC Davis Library] (
The home page for the East Asian Language Collection at UC Davis. The East Asian Languages Collection supports the Undergraduate programs in Chinese, Japanese, and East Asian Studies; it also supports the graduate programs in Chinese History, Art History, and Comparative Literature in the University of California, Davis.