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Chinese Studies - Digital/Electronic Sources: References

This research guide helps you to find resources related to contemporary China studies including China's foreign relations, history, politics, military, economy, culture, language, religion and etc.

Biographic Database

  • China Biographical Databases Project (CBDB) @ Harvard
    China Biographical Database
    The China Biographical Database is a freely accessible relational database with biographical information about approximately 427,000 individuals as of April 2019

Online Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

  • Encyclopedia Britannica Online

    Search for China to get information on the land, people, economy, administration, and social conditions, cultural life, and history. Additional readings from books and journals, and best web sites will expand your research. World Data tool provides country snapshots, country comparisons, and ranked statistics.

Historical GIS

  • G.W. Skinner Archive @Harvard
  • An archive of the datasets developed for the Regional Systems Analysis laboratory, under the direction of G. William Skinner including later Imperial China and modern China dataverse


​The map viewer of the Chinese Archival Handbooks collection allows discovering the holdings of archival handbooks on the provincial, prefectural, and the county level. Clicking on any region will provide an overview of the archival handbooks that cover the specific region. The URL "More info" links connect to the individual record of each handbook in the library catalog. The East Asian Library will be adding table of contents scans to all the archival handbook records in the library catalog.

Maps and Atlas

  • China Map Libraries
    Exploring China Map Library with About 8 Million Maps including maps for Census data 2000 and 2010, Economic Census 2004 and 2008, Basic Unit Census 2001, industry Census 1995, Land Cover and Nighttime Lights.
  • Historical Maps of China @ The University of Texas at Austin
GW Libraries • 2130 H Street NW • Washington DC