New databases at East Asia Library: Siku quanshu, English newspapers, and more

The East Asia Library has recently added several new e-resources, including a new online edition of the Siku quanshu 四庫全書, two English-language newspaper databases, and a new database trial.

Erudition platform for Siku quanshu

Although the East Asia Library has offered digital access to the Siku quanshu for many years, we have recently added a new platform for accessing this collection, called 愛如生(Erudition).  Erudition's Siku quanshu package includes the base collection of Siku quanshu 四庫著錄書 (including two new titles), the Siku quanshu catalog 四庫存目書 (4,752 titles), banned books from the Siku quanshu 四庫奏毀書 (620 titles), and supplemental texts 四庫未收書 (168 titles).  This database adds additional titles and improved quality for many texts based on better critical editions.

The database is full text searchable and downloadable. Access to the database is set up on Erudition main platform:

Clicking on "Ancient Classics" will login you to the list of the all Erudition products. The ones highlighted red are available for Stanford users. 

If you have any questions or comments on this database, please contact our Chinese Studies Librarian, Zhaohui Xue.

New English-language databases:

Translations of the Peking Gazette Online

A database of previously-published English translations of official edicts and memorials from nineteenth century China's Qing dynasty, spanning from the Macartney Mission in 1793 to the abdication of the last emperor in 1912. The Peking Gazette provides insight into the Manchu state and its subjects as they grappled with imperial decline, re-engaged with the wider world, and began mapping the path to China's contemporary rise. Contains the voices of Manchu emperors, Han officials, gentry leaders, and peasant spokesmen as they discussed and debated the most important political, social, and cultural movements, trends, and events of their day, and provides insight into the policies and attitudes of the emperors, the ideas and perspectives of the officials, and the mentality and worldviews of the Han, Mongol, Manchu, Muslim, and Tibetan subjects of the Great Qing Empire.

North China Standard

The North-China Standard (in Chinese, Huabei zheng bao) presented Japan's case for expansion and leadership in Asia to a growing readership in post-WW1 China and Japan. Despite its mission to present the case for Japan in China, two of the Standard's three editors turned this sometime 'propaganda rag' into a real newspaper. Under the editorship of George Gorman in particular, the North-China Standard engaged with polemic and debate about Japan's role in China, serving its Chinese and foreign readerships conscientiously and intelligently. Today, the North-China Standard constitutes a valuable 'inside' source for scholars of Japan and China, and of the 'scramble for China' in the 1920s.

New database trial:

In addition, between May 3, 2018 and June 3, 2018, Stanford users will have trial access to the following database:

U.S. Intelligence on Asia, 1945-1991

The purpose of this unique online collection is to provide students and researchers with the declassified documentary record about the successes and failures of the U.S. intelligence community in the Far East during the Cold War (1945-1991). Particular emphasis is given to America’s principal antagonists in Asia during the Cold War era: the People’s Republic of China, North Korea and North Vietnam. However, countries such as Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia are covered as well.

If you have any comments on this trial database, please direct them to Josh Capitanio, the Western-language bibliographer for the East Asia Library.