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Imperial China 

Welcome to the Research Guide for Imperial China.
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Imperial China is generally understood to begin with the Qin Dynasty in 221 B. C. continuing to approximately 1800.  The suggested electronic resources 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. Ebooks are particularly helpful for members of our distance learning (DL) community. If you are accessing online resources from off campus and a log in is required, use your student portal user name and password to access. You may check out the location and availability of an item in the on-campus collection through the online catalog, Voyager, accessed here or through the library home page.

Professional librarians are cheerfully available by email at askalibrarian@phc.edu, in the library, or by phone at 540-441-8400.

On-Campus Collection


  • JSTOR - contains complete back issues of 241 scholarly journals in a wide range of disciplines. Issues from the most recent three to five years for each title may not be included in the collection. If you locate an article that is not available in full-text, check to see if the journal is available on any of PHC's other databases.
  • ProQuest - contains the citations and abstracts of over 1,000 titles in the broad areas of social sciences and law. Of those 1,000 titles, 710 provide users with full-text, images and graphics online. Indexing and full-text coverage begins in the early 1990s for most titles.
  • eBooks - provides access to over 65,000 academic, full-text, electronic books that can be accessed immediately on your computer. On first use, patrons are prompted to create a user ID and password for future access.

Internet Resources

  • Chinese Text Project is an open access digital library that makes pre-modern Chinese tests available.
  • China Knowledge provides access to a wide range of topics in Chinese history, literature, art, religions, and philosophy. 

Selected Journals

Research Tips

  • Search by subject: Once you have located one item in the catalog, you may click on the subject term within the record to find other items on the same or similar subjects.
  • Browse online or in the stacks for items with Library of Congress call numbers DS 700 - 799.
  • Once you locate an appropriate resource, potential valuable resources may be listed in the item's bibliography.
  • Interlibrary loan (ILL): If you are unable to locate an item in the PHC online or on-campus collection, you may request resources through Interlibrary loan. ILL requests may be made directly into the library database WorldCat. If you have difficulty requesting an ILL in WorldCat, please request assistance from any of the library staff.
  • Zotero is a citation management system that will help you collect and organize your resources and then seamlessly create footnotes, endnotes, in-text citations, and bibliographies. You can download and watch online tutorials, but you may benefit from a librarian’s help in quickly learning how to use Zotero.
  • Your professor will indicate the citation format for your research paper. For citation assistance, you can access Online Writing Lab (OWL).

Created:  Ngai, 2017.  Reviewed by Dr. Cherri Wemlinger/Thornhill, 2017.

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