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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 our collection through the online catalog, accessible from 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

Locate online access to these journals through 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 Post, Shanghai Daily and Asia Times


Search the catalog using an Advanced Search for the any of the following strings as a "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.  Updated, 2017, 2019.

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