History of Modern China

Welcome to your research guide on the history of modern China

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In the PHC Library catalog, you can search a variety of resources by title, author, keyword, or phrase, linking you to ebooks, print books in the on-campus collection, and journal articles from both general and subject specific databases. The more specific your search terms, the more specific the results will be.  For our Distance Learning (DL) students, excerpts from print items held in the on campus library can be provided on request.

If you are accessing electronic resources from off-campus and are required to log in, use your student portal user name and password to gain access. If you have difficulty with the website or accessing any resources, please let library staff know by email at askalibrarian@phc.edu or  library@phc.edu. 

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

You can search for articles in the library catalog by title, author, keyword, or phrase or you can browse specific journals linked from the library's Periodical Listing.

  • Journal of Asian Studies (online 1956 - one year ago)

  •  China journal (online 1995 - one year ago) 


  • 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 News, Shanghai Daily and Asia Times


To locate specific sources, you can search the catalog using the following terms and limiting by "Subject":

History--China--20th century.  

Research Tips

  • Citation help needed? Try OWL (Online Writing Lab) for Chicago/Turabian, MLA, and APA styling formats. 

  • Search by subject: Once you have located one item in the catalog, you may click on the search term within the record to find other items on the same or similar, subjects. 
  • Once you have located a helpful source, additional potential sources may be found in the item's bibliography.
  • Interlibrary loan (ILL): If you are unable to locate an item in the PHC collection, you may request resources through Interlibrary loan. ILL requests may be made directly in the library catalog.

Created: Dr. Cherri Wemlinger/Thornhill, 2016.  Last updated: Thornhill, 2022.

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