Chinese Hanyu Pinyin Search Guide

In general, enter the romanization of each Chinese character with a space, such as 明清小说比较研究 ming qing xiao shuo bi jiao yan jiu.

However, there are certain situations where you need to join syllables.

1. Join syllables for multi-character surnames and given names. Also join syllables for given names, Buddhist names, courtesy names, etc.

刘少奇 liu shaoqi
欧阳修 ouyang xiu
司马相如 sima xiangru
尼克松 nikesong
梧岗主人 wugangzhuren
孔子 kongzi

2. Join syllables for multi-character geographic names. Do not join the generic terms for geographical features or jurisdictions.

中华人民共和国 zhonghua renmin gongheguo
新疆维吾尔自治区 xinjiang weiwuer zizhiqu
台湾省立博物馆 taiwan sheng li bo wu guan
义县 yi xian
海南岛 hainan dao
太平洋 taiping yang

3. For names of countries, join syllables according to the practice followed by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names.

中华人民共和国 zhonghua renmin gongheguo
中华民国 zhonghua minguo
朝鲜民主主义主义人民共和国 chaoxian minzhu zhuyi renmin gongheguo

4. Join syllables for names of racial, linguistic, or ethnic groups.

基督徒 jidu tu
毛南族 maonan zu
美国人 meiguo ren

The ALA-LC Romanization Table for Chinese contains details on when to join or separate syllables when you enter Pinyin to search for Chinese materials. You may need to familiar yourself with it in order to do effective and efficient search.

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