Friday, January 29, 2010

New Database Announcement -- China Data Online Now Available in UofT

The Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library is pleased to announce the addition of the Chinese statistics database,China Data Online (CDO), to our array of electronic resources.

From now and on, you can access the database on and off-campus through the UofT Library homepage. Please search for "China Data Online" under the "E-resources" tab to retrieve the CDO connection record.

CDO aggregates comprehensive Chinese statistics at the national, provincial and local levels with the earliest data traced back to 1949. The database covers:

• Monthly Statistics
• National/Provincial/City/County Statistics
• Monthly Industrial Data
• Yearly Industrial Data
• National/Provincial/City Yearbooks
• Economic census
• Industrial census
• Census 1982
• Census 1982(10%)
• Census 1990
• Census 1995(1%)
• Province Census 2000
• County Census 2000
• Census 2005(1%)
• Advanced Census Data search,

Please feel free to share the CDO information with your UofT colleagues and students. For any problems or issues with CDO, please direct your questions to Lucy Gan (; phone: 416-978-1025).

EAL Releases a New Holding List for Chinese Gazettes

The East Asian Library has a strong collection of Chinese local gazettes, which includes not only the modern government gazettes of China, but also historic ones hat come as part of the Mu Collection (慕氏藏書).

Currently, the gazettes are housed in several distinct areas in the library. To raise user awareness and facilitate access to this special collection, EAL has released a new gazette holding list, which is now available in the library website.

Another way to locate the same holding list:
first go to the EAL site >> click the "Resources" tab and select "China Studies Resources" from the dropdown menu >> click "holding lists", and "Chinese Gazettes" will then appear as the third choice in the list menu.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

EAS Speaker Series -- on Tea Consumption in Medieval China

The East Asian Studies Dept. is officially launching the much-anticipated EAS Speaker Series. The first speaker, James A. Benn, will come in this Friday, January 29 to talk about tea consumption in medieval China.

Title: "Tea as Beverage and Ritual Offering in Medieval Chinese Buddhist Monasteries"
Speaker: James A. Benn (McMaster University)
Date: Friday, January 29, 2010
Time: From 2:30pm
Place: the Purple Lounge, Department of East Asian Studies,
14th floor, Robarts Library, 130 St. George Street, Toronto

The following speakers are also planned for this semester's EAS Speaker Series:

1) Josea Hirata, Tufts University. (Mar 19 or Apr 2)
2) Viren Murthy, University of Ottawa (April)

Access is open to all. Please feel free to circulate the information among your students, colleagues or friends who might be interested in attending.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Full Access to Zassaku Plus!

We are pleased to announce that we now have the full subscription to Koseisha's Zasshi Kiji Sakuin Shusei Detabesu (雑誌記事索引集成データベース ; Complete [Index] Database for Japanese Magazines and Periodicals from the Meiji Era to Present). The database is based on 120 print volumes of the Cumulative Index to Magazines and Periodicals in the Meiji, Taisho and early Showa periods with over 11 million entries.

The Zasshi Kiji Sakuin Shusei Detabesu is available at the following URL:

If you have any questions or comments about this resource or would like some help with using it, please feel free to contact Fabiano Rocha, Japan Studies Librarian, at

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Image Use Protocol Workshop (Jan 25, 2010)

Come and join us in learning more about requesting and obtaining permission for the use of Japanese images in scholarly publications!

DATE: January 25, 2010
TIME: 2 to 4 pm
PLACE: Current Periodical Area (by the Tibetan Room) at Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library

This informative session will include:

Introduction to the NCC and Image Use Protocol
Fabiano Rocha, University of Toronto Libraries

Image Permissions for Scholarly Publications
Suzanne Rancourt, University of Toronto Press

Nothing Fishy About This: Getting Images for the ROM's New Book The ROM Field Guide for Freshwater Fishes of Ontario
Jack Howard, Royal Ontario Museum

Demonstration of the Image Use Protocol Website
Fabiano Rocha, University of Toronto Libraries

Q&A and Discussion

This workshop is free and open to anyone who is interested in the use of Japanese images. You are welcome to drop in, but if you already know you are attending, please RSVP to Fabiano Takashi Rocha, Japan Studies Librarian at by January 21, 2010 (Thursday).

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Siku Quanshu (四庫全書, SKQS) Available Now Through the Internet Archive

The Chinese book project Siku Quanshu (The Complete Library of Four Treasures, 四庫全書) has been deemed as an essential resource for Chinese humanity studies. Initiated by Emperor Qianlong in the late 18th century, the project aimed to collect the most comprehensive information representing the major categories of traditional Chinese knowledge.

The East Asian Library has acquired the ebook database of the Wenyuan Ge copy of Siku Quanshu (文淵閣四庫全書).

In the mean time, we also want to call users' attention to an alternative source for the same set of Wenyuan Ge Siku Quanshu through the Internet Archive (IA), a free and openly accessible digital library project. For the SKQS ebook list in IA, please check the links below:

While SKQS is available through the Internet Archive, it cannot replace the UofT SKQS database because the IA version has NOT acquired the fulltext keyword search functionality, which is available in the UofT database. But for non-UofT users, the SKQS collection in the Internet Archive will be of great value.

For more information about the IA SKQS or the UofT SKQS database, please contact Stephen Qiao ( or Lucy Gan (