3. Full-Text Databases.
The following sites provide full text, and in some cases, full image, of Chinese texts, including classical works, pre-twentieth century publications, conference proceedings, dissertations, and law/policy documents. "Historical" texts are pre-1949 publications; "contemporary" texts are post-1949. Full-text databases for journals and newspapers are included under those sections.
While some of these databases are open to the world, many require a Harvard ID and PIN. Some are accessible only in the Harvard-Yenching Library or require an individual logon and password. See individual databases for access information.
Guo xue bao dian 國學寶典 Full View/Short View
Searching: Texts may be searched and search results displayed in both simplified 简体字 and traditional characters 繁體字. Search results provide snippets of text; the relevant chapter 卷 may be viewed by clicking on the title 標題 link. Advanced search 高级检索 allows one to limit searches to a particular text or texts or to search within poetry only.
Browsing: A table of contents organized by category is available on the left-hand menu and texts may be browsed from here. The list of titles indicates whether the text was digitized from a modern punctuated edition (通行本) or from an earlier version (e.g. 金阊童涌泉刊本). Texts must be navigated via the table of contents (you cannot click from chapter to chapter directly). Works browsed via the table of contents may only be available in simplified characters.
Reference Tools: A character dictionary 國學字典, name dictionary 人名詞典 giving brief biographies of writers and scholars, and a title dictionary 書名詞典 with short abstracts of the works derived from the 四库总目提要 and other sources are provided.
Note: The database is currently undergoing some changes and not all functions are available. For example, links from search results to edition information and abstracts 版本 提要 are not working. Advanced search 高级检索links from the home page work, but clicking on it from within search results moves you out of the Harvard subscription and you will be asked for a logon and password. Chapter text may not be available from the search screen. The company is aware of these issues and is trying to resolve them.
Hanji dianzi wenxian 漢籍電子文獻 (Harvard ID / PIN required) Full View/Short View
Access: Most of the databases may be accessed freely.
ji quan wen zi liao ku 漢籍全文資料庫, which is now the only point of entry for the Qing shi lu 清實錄, may be accessed by Harvard faculty, students, and staff with HUID and
Note: The Ming shi lu 明實錄 is available in the Han ji quan wen zi liao ku 漢籍全文資料庫 under the "Histories" 史書 section.
Texts and Editions: Many of the databases provide information about the texts included and the editions used only in the lists of links or in the front matter to the electronic texts. It is necessary to click through the database levels or the texts themselves to find the information. For the Han ji quan wen zi liao ku 漢籍全文資料庫, however, you may keyword search for a particular work by title 書名.
Intranet Siku quanshu 文淵閣四庫全書內聯網版 (Harvard ID/PIN required) Full View/Short View
Technical requirements: For more information about required fonts, system needs, and a list of texts not included in the database, please see the help page at http://hcl.harvard.edu/research/guides/chinese/skqs.html. Windows OS and Internet Explorer required. Mozilla Firefox does NOT work. Please do not use Firefox because you will not be able to enter the database after clicking on 登入, but you will use up one of the simultaneous user positions with no way to log out.
Please note: Special logons and passwords are no longer necessary for this resource. It is now accessible through E-Research@Harvard Libraries and HOLLIS using your Harvard ID and PIN. Virtual Private Networking (VPN) software will not be needed for access from outside the campus network. Bookmarking and notes will not be saved from session to session because individual logons are no longer used.
Note : In Library use only. Currently only accessible through public machine yenching1 through yenching7. No need for special logons or passwords. To access, click Start / Programs / SBCK, leave password blank and click <確定>.
CHANT 漢達文庫 (CHinese ANcient Texts)(Harvard ID / PIN required) Full View/Short View
Produced by the Research Centre for Chinese Ancient Texts 中國古籍研究中心 of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, CHANT provides searchable full text and some image files for a wide range of early Chinese materials. Databases: 甲骨文 (oracle bones); 金文 (bronze inscriptions); 竹簡帛書 I and II (wood, bamboo, and silk texts); 先秦兩漢 (extant Han and pre-Han texts); and 魏晉南北朝 (Wei, Jin, and Six Dynasties texts).
Technical Requirements: Windows OS and Internet Explorer 6.0 are preferred. Traditional Chinese character input method editor is required for searching. Font installation is required for proper display. Font downloads are available from the site. Different databases require different fonts. The download page lists the required fonts by database. These fonts are available on public terminals in the Harvard libraries
Qing Palace and Grand Council Archives database 清代宮中檔奏摺及軍機處檔摺件全文影像資料庫
(National Palace Museum) ( Log on / password required - more information under Access) Full View/Short View
Usage limits: Unlimited searching. Viewing of document images is restricted to 100,000 pages and printing to 20,000 pages per year.
Technical requirements:Compatible with both Internet Explorer and Firefox. To view documents, you must install a special TIF viewer. You may download this after logging in. The viewer is available at the bottom of the search screen:
Display issues with TIF viewer: The function buttons in the viewer may display as question marks rather than with characters. You can fix this by mapping non-Unicode settings to traditional or simplified Chinese, depending on whether you installed the Big5 or GB version. Windows XP usually seems to display them correctly. Please note that even if the function buttons display as questions marks, they should still work.
At Harvard-Yenching Library, the viewer is installed on the public terminals in the circulation area and on the Chinese Research Workstation. If the function buttons do not display correctly, you can also request a handout from the reference desk showing the buttons with characters.
Error messages: Please note that when you try to open the image files (documents), you may get two error messages. Click OK for each of them, and you will be able to open the document.
Access: Requires a logon and password; please contact Harvard-Yenching Library reference staff or circulation desk for logon information. For off-campus access, please install Virtual Private Networking (VPN) software and connect to that before accessing this database. FAS affiliates may download VPN Client - InstallShield Installer for free on the FAS Computer Services Software Downloads page. Affiliates of other faculties (e.g. Law, Divinity, Medicine) should consult their computing services departments for information on VPN access.
Song hui yao 宋會要 (Harvard ID / PIN required) Full View/Short View
Gu jin tu shu ji cheng 古今圖書集成 (Harvard ID / PIN required) Full View/Short View
Fu Ssu-nian Library Rare Books Database 傅斯年圖書館善本資料庫
(Access in Harvard-Yenching Library only) Full View/Short View
Note: In-library use only. Please see reference or circulation staff to log on. Function buttons in the full text section of the database do not display correctly. A handout may be obtained from the reference desk.
Grand Secretariat archives 內閣大庫檔案
(Access in Harvard-Yenching Library only) Full View/Short View
Note: In-library use only. Please see reference or circulation staff to log on.
Harvard-Yenching Library Chinese Rubbings Digitization Project Full View/Short View
Image files of 372 Chinese publications from the Republican periods, most of them are the government reports. Click on the link above to search HOLLIS for the list of items.
Harvard-Yenching Library Bao Juan 寶卷 Collection Full View/Short View
Online digital archive of the entire collection of the Chinese rare books in the Harvard-Yenching Library. This includes 4,200 titles in 52,000 volumes in the Classics Section, the History Section, the Philosophy Section, the Belles Lettres Section, the Collected Works Section, the Local Histories Section, and all of the materials in the Qi Rushan Collection on Chinese drama.
Ming-Qing Women's Writings 明清妇女著作 Full View/Short View
(For Rock's accession numbers to the new numbers cross reference table)
The Harvard-Yenching Library holds about 600 Naxi 纳西(Nakhi) ritual texts and funeral scrolls, as well as a number of photographs of other such texts. These were collected in China, particularly Lijiang 丽江 in Yunnan province, from the 1920s through the 1940s by Joseph Rock and Quentin Roosevelt. Naxi religious specialists, known as dtombas, helped Rock translate the texts, which are written in the pictographic Dongba script东巴文. The library is currently in the process of digitizing the texts and preparing a new catalogue. An earlier catalogue, An Annotated Catalog of Naxi Pictographic Manuscripts in the Harvard-Yenching Library 哈佛大學哈佛燕京圖書館藏中國納西族象形文經典分類目錄, was published in 1997. The Library of Congress has also digitized many of its Naxi texts.
Southeast Asia in the Ming Shi-lu: An Open Access Resource Full View/Short View
University of Virginia Chinese Text Initiative 維吉利亞大學圖書館中華文學集錦 Full View/Short View
CNKI 中国知网 Full View/Short View
China Proceedings of Conference Full-text Database 中国重要会议论文全文数据库 Full View/Short View
Searching and abstracts of conference papers from the People's Republic of China. To request the full text, please contact the Harvard-Yenching Library reference desk.
Local Cultural Revolution 地方文革 Full View/Short View
The Local Cultural Revolution 地方文革 website aims to collect sources about the Chinese Cultural Revolution such as memoirs, newspaper articles, photos, oral history and so on, and is a great resource for scholars and students who study contemporary Chinese history.
A small number of e-books are available through the following sites:
Apabi Ebooks 數字資源平台 (Harvard ID / PIN required) Full View/Short View
Technical requirements: Windows only. Requires installation of the Apabi reader and registration at time of first use from a given computer.
ChinaMaxx Digital Library (Superstar) 中文集献 (Harvard ID / PIN required) Full View/Short View
Technical Requirements: Windows and Internet Explorer only. IE plug-in required to read text; OCR plug-in is required to copy and paste text on a page-by-page basis. Click on "Download" from the right-hand menu to install plug-ins. Alternately, IE plug-in will install automatically when you choose "IE-Basic Reading Functions" for the first time on a given computer. Only a limited portion of the book may be printed.