On this page, you will find information about library databases that are related to Premodern China.
The Siku Quanshu (Si ku quan shu, 四庫全書) (Wenyuange Edition), compiled in 1773-1782 by edict from Emperor Qianlong. Siku Quanshu is a collection of 3,461 works of Chinese history, literature, philosophy, politics, economics, and science. The collection was compiled by 361 scholars working from 1773 to 1782, who selected, edited and annotated each work. Its title translates to Complete Library in Four Branches of Literature.
Try the World Digital Library Collection of Siku Quanshu: Siku quanshu (Complete library in four sections) Five volumes digitized from the National Library of China.
Try the Chinese Text Project scanned version.
A Digital Introduction to the Chinese Buddhist Canon, blog post by Matthew Hayes, 2020
Contact the East Asian Studies librarian for logon instructions and/or a user guide.
CHinese ANcient Texts (CHANT, 漢達文庫) databases include six browseable and searchable databases of traditional ancient Chinese texts from the Pre-Han (pre 220 AD) up to the Six Dynasties (581 AD).
The database includes:
For information in English about CHANT, see "CHANT (CHinese ANcient Texts): a comprehensive database of all ancient Chinese texts up to 600 AD"
Database of Ch'ing Palace Memorials and Archives of the Grand Council / 清代宮中檔奏摺及軍機處檔摺件全文影像資料庫
This resource provides metadata searching and full image reproduction of Qing dynasty archival materials held at the National Palace Museum in Taiwan. Searchable fields includes the document number, document date, author, official position, topic, keyword, date of response, and response. For NYU affiliates, please contact the East Asian Studies librarian to obtain the Group, ID, and PW in order to logon.
The Database of Chinese Local Records (Zhongguo fangzhi ku, 中國基本古籍庫) Erudition / Airusheng
Chinese Local Records: The Fang zhi ku is an e-book collection and a searchable database of Chinese local gazetteers. The collection has 2,000 titles of rare and special edition local gazetteers printed in China from ancient times up to 1949. Once you've reached the Erudition login page, select "愛如生古籍數據庫" and click "Login." There's no need to enter a username or password. After selecting "中國方志庫" from the next page, use the "合集" link to access our subscription.
Chinese Classic Ancient Books: This database currently includes 10,000 titles in 12,500 editions from the pre-Qin period through the Republican period. All texts are provided in full text and image format.