Literary Encyclopedia

Literary Encyclopedia

The Literary Encyclopedia publishes biographies of major and minor writers; scholarly descriptions of all interesting texts written by these authors, including those often neglected; and a variety of descriptive and critical essays on literary, cultural and historical matters, which provide a finer understanding of the social contexts in which this writing was produced.  Includes coverage of English, American, German, Russian, Italian, French and Classical literatures, as well as substantial and increasing coverage of Hispanic, Japanese, Canadian, East European and various postcolonial literatures. (Other major literatures to be added as resources permit.)  Currently has about 7557 completed articles, with a total of about 15.77 million words with around 20-40 articles added to the Encyclopedia every month.

The Library has arranged a free trial of the LE, until 31/05/2016. The trial can be accessed via the E-Resources Trials website which also links to other database trials that can be of interest. There is maintenance work going on with the trial Feedback Form on the E-Resources Trials website at the moment. Please leave a comment in this blog or email your Academic Support Librarian for giving your feedback.

Foreign Office Files for China 1919-1948 & China: Culture and Society

The Library has arranged further database trials for Chinese Studies.To access these trials, please go to the Library’s e-resources trials page and scroll down to find these entries.

Foreign Office Files for China 1919-1948

Foreign Office Files for ChinaForeign Office Files for China provides access to the digitised archive of British Foreign Office files dealing with China, Hong Kong and Taiwan between 1919 and 1980. The complete files consist of six parts. We have purchased full content for the three parts covering 1949-1956. Files between 1919 and 1948 are now under trial which cover the following parts: 1919-1929: Kuomintang, CCP and the Third International; 1930-1937: The Long March, civil war in China and the Manchurian Crisis; and 1938-1948: Open Door, Japanese war and the seeds of communist victory. The formerly restricted British government documents include diplomatic dispatches, letters, newspaper cuttings, maps, reports of court cases, biographies of leading personalities, summaries of events and other diverse materials.

Trial ends 16/12/2015

China: Culture and Society

China Culture and SocietySpanning three centuries (c. 1750-1929), this resource makes available for the first time extremely rare pamphlets from Cornell University Library’s Charles W. Wason Collection on East Asia, one of the oldest and most distinctive collections of its kind and a very rich source for research on China for teachers and students from undergraduate-level to research-level and beyond.  Digitised in its entirety and in full colour, the Wason collection of c. 1,200 pamphlets encompasses speeches, guides, reports, essays, catalogues, magazine articles and other material addressing Chinese history, culture, and everyday life. The resource is full-text searchable, allowing for the collection to be comprehensively explored and studied. The wide variety of research interests and themes covered by the pamphlets include education, emigration, the foreign presence, missionaries, wars, rebellion, reform, opium, healthcare and language.  *Please note that PDF download options are not available during trials.

Trial ends 17/12/2015

Database trials for Chinese studies

We have been offered a free trial of the following e-resources for Chinese studies:

North China Herald

Access on the University network or off campus via VPN. Trial ends: 29 November

Access on the University network or off campus via VPN. Trial ends: 13 November.  This resource is listed on our trials webpage and Discovered.

Pishu (皮书) refers to official white paper, blue paper or green paper policy documents in China. They offer candid, in-depth policy recommendations on topics including climate change, social responsibility, the economy, energy conservation, food/drug safety, health care, human rights, international development, and rule of law, regional security, and women’s rights. The database contains the full text of over 1,000 such books in Chinese and are full-text searchable.

A title list of volumes included in PISHU is also available here:


Access on the University network or off campus via VPN. Trial ends: till further notice.

This resource contains the following sections:

老旧刊 (containing hundreds of full-text periodicals from the late Qing Dynasty to 1949. There are many titles that are not found in the Late Qing Periodicals 1833-1911 and Minguo periodicals 1911-1949 that we subscribe to.)

民国丛书 (books published between 1911 and 1949)

申报 (most important Chinese newspaper published between 1872 and 1949)

古方志集 (hundreds of historical local gazetteers)

古籍文献 (thousands of Chinese classics and rare books)

中共党史期刊数据库 (full-text periodicals published by the Chinese Communist Party before 1949)

顺天时报 (1907-1930)

  • 四库全书存目丛书

On Chinamaxx database platform. Trial ends: till further notice

  • 地方志

On Chinamaxx database platform. Trial ends: till further notice

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