Ancient China

Finding Resources in BearCAT

To find sources on ancient China, search with
these Library of Congress Subject Headings:

General Resources

Embree, Ainslie T. Encyclopedia of Asian History. New York: Scribner, 1988. Reference Collection 950 En1 v.1-4

Heren, Louis. China's Three Thousand Years: The Story of a Great Civilisation. New York: Collier Books, 1974. 951 C44

Morton, W. Scott, and Charlton M. Lewis. China: Its History and Culture, 4th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2005. 951 M84 

Ogden, Suzanne. China, 3rd ed. Guilford, Connecticut: Dushkin Publishing Group, 1989. Reference Collection 951 Og2

Perkins, Dorothy. Encyclopedia of China: The Essential Reference to China, Its History and Culture. New York: Facts on File, 1999. Reference Collection 951 En19 

Roberts, J.A.G. A Concise History of China. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1999. 951 R54

Shaughnessy, Edward L., ed. China: Empire and Civilization. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. 951 C44 

Twitchett, Denis, and John K. Fairbank, ed. The Cambridge History of China. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1978-1991. 951 C14 v.1-15

Wu, K.C. The Chinese Heritage. New York: Crown, 1982. 931 W95

Science and Agriculture

Beshore, George W. Science in Ancient China. New York: F. Watts, 1988. 951 B46

Cotterell, Arthur, and David Morgan. China's Civilization: A Survey of Its History, Arts, and Technology. New York: Praeger, 1975. 951 C82

Ronan, Colin. Lost Discoveries: The Forgotten Science of the Ancient World. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1973. 609.3 R66

Temple, Robert K.G. The Genius of China: 3,000 Years of Science, Discovery, and Invention. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1986. 951 T24


The Classic of Difficulties: A Translation of the Nan Jing. Translated by Li Shi-zhen. Boulder, Colorado: Blue Poppy Press, 1999. eBook NetLibrary   

Larre, Claude, Jean Schatz, and Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée. Survey of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Translated by Sarah Elizabeth Stang. Columbia, Maryland: Traditional Acupuncture Foundation, 1986. 615.89 Sch1

Science and Secrets of Early Medicine: Egypt, Mesopotamia, India, China, Mexico, Peru. Translated by Richard and Clara Winston. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1963. 610.9 T39


Chang, Kwang-chih. Shang Civilization. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press, 1980 931 C36

Hsu, Cho-yun, and Katheryn M. Linduff. Western Chou Civilization. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press, 1988. 931.03 H85

Loewe, Michael. Everyday Life in Early Imperial China during the Han Period 202 BC-AD 220. New York: Dorset Press, 1988. 951.01 L82

Time Life Books, ed.What Life was like in the Land of the Dragon: Imperial China, AD 960-1368. Alexandria, Virginia: Time-Life Books, 1998. 951.02 W55

Wright, Arthur F. The Sui Dynasty. New York: Knopf, 1978. 951.01 W93

Xueqin, Li. Eastern Zhou and Qin Civilizations. Translated by K.C. Chang. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press, 1985. 931.03 L61

Database/Online Resources

EBSCOhost Advanced Placement SourceThis database is a collection of full-text articles from over 6,100 journals. The articles are a mix of scholarly journal, magazine, and newspaper articles. Advanced Placement Source contains over 400 journals that focus on the humanities. EBSCOhost has the ability to search by Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH).

JSTORJSTOR is short for Journal Storage. JSTOR is a collection of over 900 full-text scholarly journals. JSTOR contains complete backfiles for each journal with a moving window that averages around 5 years. This means JSTOR, for a particular journal, will have the journals first issue up until about five years from now. Subject areas vary in JSTOR, but its main focus is on the humanities, with 15 journals that focus on Asian Studies.

Project MuseProject Muse is published by John Hopkins University. Muse is a collection of over 300 full-text scholarly journals. The coverage in Muse is current. Most of the journals’ coverage is five to ten years. As with JSTOR, Project Muse focuses on the humanities, with 16 journals that focus on Asian Studies. Muse has the ability to search by Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH).

Oxford Reference Online Premium— This database lets the student search over 100 Oxford University Press reference books at the same time. There are over 20 books that focus on history. Books relevant to Ancient China are The Dynasties of the World, ADictionary of Asian Mythology , and A Dictionary of Buddhism.


China—Minnesota State University. This resource arranges Ancient and Imperial Chinese history on a timeline. Within the timeline, is a short summary of each Chinese Dynasty. Additionally, there is a large collection of Chinese maps.

China 5,000 Years — Guggenheim Museum and the Ministry of Culture and the National Administration for Cultural Heritage of the People's Republic of China. This site is a collection of Chinese art, which are “selected to demonstrate technical innovation and conceptual transformation, the traditional works of art are organized into seven major categories: jade; bronze; grave goods, including low-fired ceramics; high-fired ceramics, including porcelain; sculpture; and painting and calligraphy.”

Chinese History Research Site — University of California San Diego. This site has a collection of review and journal articles written by UCSD Ph.D. students on Chinese History. There is also an extensive bibliography, with a focus on the Qing Dynasty. The final section of the site offers a list of “China Related Web Sites.”

Chinese History (to Qing Dynasty) — University of Southern California Chinese Collection. This provides a collection of primary and secondary sources on Ancient Chinese history and culture.

Classics of Traditional Chinese Medicine — National Library of Medicine. This is a collection of Ancient Chinese medical practices with primary source material.

Internet Guide to Chinese Studies — Leiden University, Institute of Chinese Studies (Heidelberg University), the Berlin State Library, and the German Research Foundation. This resource is a directory of websites on Chinese history and culture. This site does not exclusively focus on Ancient China, but offers resources on ancient Chinese history, religion, philosophy, literature, and fine arts.

The photographs of the Ming Tribute System, Founder of the Sung Dynasty, and Founder of the Ming Dynasty are from the Brooklyn College Chinese Culture website maintained by Paul Halsall (