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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 the location and the availability of an item in our collection through the online catalog, accessible from 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

Locate online access to these journals through the library's Periodical Listing.

  • Chinese studies in history (Online, 2001-present)

  • Early China (Online, 2014-one year ago)

  • Late Imperial China (Online, 2002-one year ago)

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:  Ngai, 2017.  Reviewed by Dr. Cherri Wemlinger/Thornhill, 2017, 2019.

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