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Answered By: Kimberly Morin
Last Updated: May 15, 2019     Views: 30

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). 

  • Effective keywords to search for primary sources include: Sources, Personal Narratives, Diaries, Correspondence, Documentaries, Interview(s), Letters OR Testimony. Here are examples of some effective search queries:
  • 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 are available through:

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.

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