Check out: major Chinese databases recently added to the collection

East Asia Library has recently added a few major Chinese full text databases to the collection:

Zhongguo ji ben gu ji ku 中國基本古籍庫
includes more than 10,000 full-text traditional Chinese works. Original images also available. Full text searchable.

Si bu cong kan 四部叢刊
A collectaneum compiled by the Republican period (1911-1949) scholar Zhang Yuanji 張元濟 (1867-1959). It includes 504 texts arranged in three series. Special font file should be downloaded for proper display of Chinese characters.

Great improvement for CJK scripts search in SearchWorks

SearchWorks (, Stanford Library's online catalog and search engine, has dramatically improved searching for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean materials after a recent upgrade. As many of you experienced, looking for CJK materials by original scripts in SearchWorks suffered from various problems in the past, which were mostly caused by the system's failure to properly treat variant forms of the same character in CJK scripts and to distinguish natural words/phrases from each other. The recent upgrade addressed these issues.

EAL acquires Song Dynasty Biographies of Eminent Monks

The East Asia Library at Stanford recently acquired from Zojoji Temple in Japan a copy of the twelfth-century printing of the tenth-century Chinese work called the Song Dynasty Biographies of Eminent Monks 宋高僧傳. With over five hundred biographies, it is an invaluable source of historical information on monks from about 700 to 900. Stanford now holds the only copy of this text in North America, and perhaps the only complete copy of the text outside of a single extant version in this temple in Japan.

New Swain Library Website Available

A new website is now available for the Swain Library at: Comments and suggestions are most welcome. Please send feedback to graceb[at]

While we have quit updating content on it, the URL to the old Swain Library website is Selected content is still being migrated to our new website and both sites will remain available until content migration is done.

New e-resources: British Foreign Office Files for China & Chinese Historical Newspapers

Access to two important English language databases on Chinese studies is now available to Stanford users.

Foreign Office files for China [1919-1980] is published in six sections. Currently access to sections 1919-1929 and 1940-1980 is available. Content from 1930-1948 will be accessed as soon as the resource is released.

Find SDR Blog Posts on the new Digital Library Blog

For latest blog posts covering SDR news, check out the Digital Library Blog on the Stanford University Libraries' new web site.

New Korean E-Resource - KyoboScholar

The East Asia Library is pleased to offer access to a new Korean database, KyoboScholar 교보문고스콜라. KyoboScholar provides full-text articles from more than 500 journals in all subjects.

A list of Korean databases to which Stanford subscribes is available at E-Resources on/from Korea.

For more information, please contact Kyungmi Chun.

Trial access to the Erudition database

EAL currently has trial access through Aug. 3, 2013 to the Database of Chinese Classic Ancient Books (中國基本古籍庫) and Database of Chinese Local Records (中國方志庫) in the Erudition Database (爱如生數據庫) at (on-campus access only).

For more information or comments, please contact Zhaohui Xue.

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Welcome to Jidong Yang as new Head of the East Asia Library

The East Asia Library is very pleased to announce that Dr. Jidong Yang has joined the Stanford University Libraries as Head of the East Asia Library (EAL). His leadership experience, scholarly expertise, and deep understanding of the role of academic libraries in teaching and research will surely lead the growth of the EAL in the years to come.

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