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Learn Chinese
Chinese language Readers at Kresge Library

Chinese language Textbooks for foreign speakers - English

Chinese language Vocabulary

Online Chinese Tools: Tools to assist people in learning and using the Chinese language: dictionaries, flashcards for Chinese characters, reference works, and much more.

The Wisdom of Chinese Characters: This 60-minute long, 10-episode series explains the charms of Chinese characters and links them to Chinese culture (in Chinese and/or English).

Find Books

Library OneSearch
Use the catalog to find books, videos, recordings, and goverment documents we have at the library.

A statewide catalog of many of Michigan's libraries. It allows you to request books at another library be sent to Kresge Library for you.

China Gift Collection

China Gift Collection (located room 326-328 Kresge Library)

Over 400 contemporary books on China.

The collection has been made possible through the generosity of Opal Redman. Ms. Redman, a retired Detroit school teacher, went to China first in 1990 to train teachers of English and eventually coordinated the efforts of the SEHS Chinese Summer Language Institute at Guizhou Normal University in Giuyang, China for many years. She is the author of "The Ripple Effect" and co-author of "Change and Growth in the Oakland/Guizhou Program" in which she talks about her experiences with the Guizhou - Oakland partnership.

Beyond Kresge Library

To request an item from another library:
MelCat (Michigan libraries)
ILLiad (libraries worldwide), using the WorldCat catalog to find books.
Find articles

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff JSTOR
Full text of core scholarly journals from their beginning to approximately one year ago. Disciplines include botany, business, ecology, general science, humanities, mathematics, social sciences, and statistics. Browsable by discipline and full-text searchable across all disciplines. Especially good for historic or classic articles in most fields. Coverage: 1665 to present. How to export to RefWorks Contains many titles in Chinese and Asian studies.

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Project MUSE
Several journals about China.

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Historical Abstracts   
The most comprehensive source for world history publications. To find sources, click on the "Get It!" link.

China Information (journal)
"Presents timely and in-depth analyses of major developments in contemporary China and overseas Chinese communities in the areas of politics, economics, law, ecology, culture, and society, including literature and the arts."

China Report (journal)
"An indispensable source of information on China, its society and culture. The journal covers inter-related subject areas - economics, history, international relations, law, politics and sociology. In addition to research articles, the journal carries review articles, book reviews and a documents/speeches section."
Find images
Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff ARTstor
The community-built collections comprise contributions from outstanding museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists' estates. You can browse by country and find images relating to Chinese arts, literature, science and technology, decorative arts, and more.

Historical Photographs of China
Large online collection of photos of China, taken by Europeans at the turn of the century.

Visualizing China
Over 8,000 digitized images of photographs of China taken between 1850 and 1950.

Sidney D. Gamble Photographs
About 5,000 phtoographs of China taken by amateur photographer S. Gamble between 1917 and 1932.

A visual Sourcebook of Chinese Civilization
A selection of images illustrating major issue in Chinese studies.
Additional information
Websites of interest
Maps of China
Rich collection of historical and contemporary maps.

Chinese history primary sources
Selection of digital primary sources available online
Library Contact
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Dominique Daniel
Humanities Librarian for History and Modern Languages

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