Olin C. Bailey Library

China: History Resources


An Ethnohistorical Dictionary of China           
     R 305.800951 OL8e
Historical and Commercial Atlas of China       
     Ref Atl 912.51 H436h
An Historical Atlas of China                          
     Ref Atl 912.51 H436hi
Cultural Atlas of China                                  
     R 951 B628c2
Modern China                                               
     R 951.003 M72k
Encyclopedia of China                                   
     R 951.003 P419e


Online Catalog 

Some tips:

  • Keyword:  most flexible, most results  Ex.:  China and women
  • Subject:  more restrictive, categories, drops you in an index  Ex.:  China history
  • Title:  more restrictive, have precise titles, drops you in an index. 
  • Use “*” on the end of your word to pick up different endings Ex:  Chin* and wom*n
  • Pay attention to subject headings!

Library Databases

Historical Abstracts
Contains citations and abstracts to articles and books covering world history (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present.  This database contains some full text, but if you retrieve only a citation, check our journals list to see if we have the journal.
  • Use the advanced search for more searching options.
  • Use * on the end of your term for variant endings, and ? to account for variant spellings.  Ex.:  Chin* retrieves China, Chinese, etc.  wom?n  retrieves woman and women
  • Boolean/Phrase search mode requires “AND” to break your search terms.
  • Limit by Historical Period and Language. Use the browse feature to limit to a time period.

A full-text, social sciences database that covers complete runs of scholarly periodicals, but NOT the most current 2-5 years!

  • Use the Advanced Search.
  • Select whichever disciplines/journals are relevant to your searching.
  • Use the drop-down menu for options to connect search terms – and, or, near.
  • Use “?” on the end of your term to account for plurals, and “*” to account for variant word endings.
  • Use quotes to search phrases. Ex.:  “late imperial china” AND prostitut*

Project MUSE
Full text of nearly 200 scholarly journals published by university presses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • Use quotations (e.g. "paradise lost") to search for phrases.
  • If desired, combine terms by typing Boolean operators AND, OR, and NOT, or type terms in separate boxes and use the pull-downs at the left of the search boxes.
  • Select fields to search from the right-hand pulldowns.  Tip:  All Fields (w/ text) – (the default) = all fields, including the full text of the article (A very broad search; for best results use distinctive terms.)  All Fields except Text = all fields except for the article text (Useful field to start with; general search but narrower than with the text of the article.) 
  • Use truncation (*) on the end of your term to search for plurals or parts of words.
  • If needed, use limits to narrow the search results to specific sets of journals or articles.

Access the world’s online catalog…use this database to find books that neither we nor UCA has.

  • Select “Subject” or “Subject Phrase” from the drop-down menu to narrow your searching.
  • Pay attention to subject headings when you look at your results!
  • Limit to type of material, language, and audience where appropriate.
  • Use the index button Browse Index  to find an alphabetical list of subject headings, and use the subject headings button Find preferred subjects  to browse the list of subject headings based on a term or concept.Use “*” on the end of your term to pick up different endings.
  • Use quotes to search your terms as a phrase.
  • Click on the “Libraries worldwide that own item” to see whether or not UCA owns it (anything Hendrix owns displays this symbol:  In your library)

Interlibrary Loan

If we don’t have the book or journal you need, please check UCA’s catalog, BearCat.  If they don’t have what you need, you can always order your article through interlibrary loan.  See a librarian for more information.

Map of China

Last Modified on 9/02/2008