e-Bulletin (Aug 2020, Issue 136)

Featured Resources for Faculty of Humanities

CNKI (China National Knowledge Infrastructure) is one of the largest multi-disciplinary electronic platforms. It mainly contains full texts of Chinese resources on various forms, including books, journal articles, theses, yearbooks, newspapers, etc. CNKI has recently upgraded its interface to get a fresher look. Researchers can search different types of information/materials via the following sub-collections in CNKI:

中國知網 CNKI

CADAL (China Academic Digital Associative Library) is a China book digitization project which includes over 2.5 million digitized books, newspapers, journals, etc. Resources available in the platform are highlighted as follows:


As a member of CADAL, PolyU staff and students can access to the full texts of the collections on and off campus via EZproxy after registering a personal account.
Duxiu is an index of Chinese resources. Known as “Chinese Google Scholar”, the platform provides access to a huge amount of scholar resources in multi-disciplinary subjects, and also on various formats, such as books, journal articles, theses and dissertations, newspapers, conference papers, etc.

Full texts are available for many titles, especially for journal articles and books. To get full text of articles, you can make a request via clicking on 邮箱接收全文on the article page. For some books, preview is available only for the first 20 pages. You can further request via图书馆文献传递 to get full text for no more than 50 pages per submission.


In addition to the three databases mentioned above, please also check a list of Chinese Databases which are available on PolyU Library: https://www.lib.polyu.edu.hk/databases/chinese-databases.

If you encounter any questions about finding Chinese literature, please contact the Faculty Librarian (Chinese Culture and Bilingual Studies), Ms Iris Wai for assistance.

Media Resources

Hanzi : a documentary on Chinese typography


Hanzi : a documentary on Chinese typography

[PL1171 .H368 2018 DVD]

"‘Hanzi’ is a feature-length documentary exploring international design, visual culture and identity through the lens of modern Chinese typography." —from this DVD container.

The secret life of words English words and their origins


The secret life of words English words and their origins

[PE1075 .S43 DVD]

“From new words such as "bling" and "email" to the role of text messaging and other electronic communications, English is changing all around us. Discover the secrets behind the words in our everyday lexicon with this delightful, informative survey of English, from its Germanic origins to the rise of globalization and cyber-communications.” -- amazon.co.uk.

Speaking in tongues


Speaking in tongues

[LC3732.C2 S65 DVD]

"At a time when 31 states have passed 'English Only' laws, four pioneering families put their children in public schools where, from the first day of kindergarten, their teachers speak mostly in a foreign language. Follows four diverse kids on their journey to become bilingual, this charming story will challenge you to consider the broader implication of speaking more than one language." —from this DVD container.

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