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This guide provides detailed access to resources available at USC for study and research of the history of China.

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Welcome to the Chinese History research guide.  On this page are some of the key general research resouces available to faculty and students at U.S.C.  We have grouped other resources into several formats and subject areas, marked by separate tabs.  Also, do not hesitate to contact us for assistance. 

Getting Started

These are the databases most specifically focused on China:

Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS) references principally western-language articles and book chapters on all parts of Asia published since 1971.

China Academic Journals (CAJ) is a source for fulltext Chinese journal articles. There are a limited number of English language journals from China included, as well. CAJ is available at USC for the following subject areas:
  • Literature / History / Philosophy (Series F)
  • Politics / Military Affairs / Law (Series G)
  • Education / Social Sciences (Series H)

Chinese Studies Online (CSO) enables searching multiple fulltext resources in one click. It offers a broad collection of Chinese language materials.


  • Journals: 2,035 titles
  • Dissertations: 360,552 papers 
  • Conference proceedings: 775,450 papers
  • Policies and Laws of China: 282,662

The following general databases also offer many useful articles on China:

ProQuest   Databases of resources for arts, business, humanities, social sciences, science and newspaper resources. Includes Ethnic NewsWatch, GenderWatch, and Dissertations & Thesis.

Academic OneFile   Formerly Expanded Academic ASAP. Includes abstracts or references for articles from more than 1,500 scholarly, trade and general-interest publications.


Subject Guide

Ken Klein
Subjects:Asia, History