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History of Modern China

Welcome to your research guide on the history of modern China

Library Home

The suggested databases are available linked from here and from the Electronic Resources section of the library home page. Print resources are available in the PHC on-campus collection or by mail to distance learning members of the PHC community. You may check the location and the availability of an item in the on-campus collection through the online catalog, Voyager, accessed here and through the library home page.
The research paper will focus on a particular event or phenomenon for which library research assistance may prove invaluable. Professional library assistance is available on campus, by phone at 540-441-8400, or by email at askalibrarian@phc.edu.


On-Campus Collection

Many of the required readings and textbooks are on reserve and are available for 2-hour check-out, in-library use only, at the library circulations desk. Additional suggested resources:

Selected Journals


  • JSTOR collection contains complete back issues of over 290 scholarly journals in a wide range of disciplines. Issues from the most recent 3 - 5 years for each title may not included in the collection.

  • ProQuest and Academic Search Premier provide access to thousands of current general and subject specific scholarly journal articles.

  • LexisNexis provides access to wide range of news (full-text newspapers) business, government, legal and reference information.

Internet Resources

  • China Research Center  provides access to in-depth on a variety of subjects including greater China’s history, contemporary politics, economy, business environment, language, culture, and media.

  • Chinese newspapers (English versions) include China Post, Shanghai Daily and Asia Times


Library of Congress (LOC) authoritative subject headings will provide you with a quick way to ensure that you are retrieving the most specific information on your topic. Use the following search terms in a subject search (Note: the subject title links to items in the PHC catalog):

Research Tips

  • Search by subject: Once you have located a potential source in the catalog, click on the search term within the record to find other items on the same or similar subjects.

  • Once you locate a potential source, additional valuable resources may be listed in the item's bibliography.

  • If you are not able to find what you need in the on-campus or online collection, you may request an item through Interlibrary loan.

  • Instructions for obtaining an Interlibrary loan are available in the Library Services section of the library website.

  • Research assistance is available by email at askalibrarian@phc.edu 

  • Citation help needed? Try OWL (Online Writing Lab). 


Created: Dr. Cherri Wemlinger/Thornhill, 2016.  Updated, 2017.

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