Where can I find primary sources for the history of China?
There are many places to find primary sources about China and the chinese people.
The Library's collection is good place to start. Keyword search to find books & films about your topic and look within them for excerpts of diaries, interviews, facsimiles, etc. (primary sources).
- Useful keywords to use in your search are: Sources, Personal Narratives, Diaries, Correspondence, Documentaries, Interview(s), Letters OR Testimony. Here are examples of some effective search queries:
- (China OR Chinese) AND Sources
- (China OR Chinese) AND Diaries
- Try Author or Subject searching for a particular individual such as Xiaoping Deng, last name first, Deng, Xiaoping 1904-1997, and find the book(s) and browse through the book(s) for excerpts of diaries, coorespondence, etc.
- Try browsing The Cambridge History of China (15 volume set) with the call number DS735 .C3145 1978 in Stacks which includes primary sources within the text.
- You can also look in the bibliographies of books you find to identify other sources of information you may want to explore.
Once you have a good search strategy, additional sources can be found:
If you are unsure if you've found a primary or secondary source, read through the UCLA definition and if you are still unsure check with your professor or a librarian.
Contact the Reference Desk for assistance using the above resources or for help locating additional resources.