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Confucianism and Modern China

Research Sources & Tips







Contexts and Primary Sources

Reserves and Books

Journal Articles and Popular Press

Writing and Citing Sources



I. Background Information

Cultural Context


Primary Sources


book coverChina in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know.
Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom.
Bookstacks: DS779.4 .W376 2010


book cover The Cambridge Companion to Modern Chinese Culture
edited by Kam Louie
Bookstacks: DS775.2 .C452424 2008


book coverHistorical Dictionary of the People's Republic of China.
Lawrence R. Sullivan.
Ref. DS777.55 .S835 2007


book coverRoutledge Curzon Encyclopedia of Confucianism.
edited by Xinzhong Yao.
Ref. BL1840 .R68 2003

book coverConfucius & Confucianism: the Essentials.
Lee Dian Rainey.
B128.C8 R35 2010

An Introduction to Confucianism. Xinzhong Yao. BL1852 .Y36 2000

China's New Confucianism: Politics and Everyday Life in a Changing Society. Daniel A. Bell. JQ1510 .B45 2008

Modernization, Globalization, and Confucianism in Chinese Societies. Joseph B. Tamney and Linda Hsueh-Ling Chiang. BL1852 .T35 2002


book cover The Search for Modern China: a Documentary Collection
edited by Pei-kai Cheng and Michael Lestz with Jonathan D. Spence.
Bookstacks: DS753.86 .S33 1999


book coverSources of Chinese Tradition / compiled by Wm. Theodore De Bary and Irene Bloom; with the collaboration of Wing-tsit Chan ... [et al.] and contributions by Joseph Adler ... [et al.].
Bookstacks: DS721 .D37 1999


II. Reserves and Books

A. Use Library Catalogs for Reserves and Books

B. Sample Searches:

(note the search pattern; modify to your own needs)


1. Course Reserves


2. Tufts Libraries Catalog

3. WorldCat (beyond Tufts)


Path of Discovery in the Catalog

1. Find a title/author (assigned readings/Course Reserves);

2. Note the descriptive language of the Catalog record.

3. Use that language in further searches


e.g. Click on subject/author in the record to see further results and related topics.


Author Rainey, Lee Dian.
Title Confucius & Confucianism: the Essentials .
Publisher Chichester, West Sussex, U.K.; Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
Subject Confucius.
Philosophy, Confucian.


Use the method discussed in the left column, we arrive at more subject browses:


The Broad Context:


Confucianism -- China

Related Topics:


Mass media -- China.

Popular culture -- China.

Postmodernism -- China.


Topic: The broad search on modernity and Chinese films

(advanced keyword search, limiting to books)


Material Type:



Tips: 1. Or and ( ) to search any or all of the words; 2. modern* searches for modern, modernity, etc.


III. Journal Articles and Popular Press

A. Subject Databases

B. Search Tips

Use the subject databases to find journal articles.

1 & 2. JSTOR and Project Muse

JSTOR is a favorite with its full texts in core journals of all disciplines. Project Muse does not include exactly the same JSTOR journals, but it has more recent and current articles on many topics.


Expand your search into more databases and from various perspectives

3. Academic OneFile
All subjects; a convenient Quick Start. Here are some RSS feeds:


4. Literature (MLA)


5. Bibliography of Asian Studies


6. History, Religion, Women's Studies, Film/Television and Mass Media

Limit Your Results


7. When use GoogleScholar, set your Library Links to access Tufts full texts.


1. Current Scholarship on a Topic

Reviews of recent books and other types of review articles in major journals in a discipline are likely to summarize the current state of research in an area.

Two examples:


Confusion, Elision, and Erasure: Feminism, Religion, and Chinese Confucian Traditions (review). Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Spring 2010, pp. 143-160

Confucianism and Women: A Philosophical Interpretation (review). China Review International, 16 (3) 2009, pp. 371-374.


A Few Notable Journals:


Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies

The China Quarterly

China Review International

Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies

Modern Chinese Literature and Culture

Modern China

Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique

2. More Articles like this "perfect" one


Search, in Arts and Humanities Citation Index, for the article you have read.

For example:


Rozman, Gilbert. "Can Confucianism Survive in an Age of Universalism and Globalization?"Pacific Affairs  75: 1 (2002), 780-803.
References: 66 Times Cited: 4

You can, then, look up, in the record, the 66 references that Rozman cited for his article and, in turn, 4 articles that cited his. The assumption is that these articles address related issues.



1. Not every single article is cited;
2. Influential authors are cited more often;
3. More recent publications take time to be cited.

C. Popular Press

D. Finding Full Text


1. Current:

LexisNexis Academic


Factiva (more international coverage)


2. Historical

Boston Globe (1872-1979)


New York Times Online Archive
(1851 - 3 years before current date)


Times Digital Archive  (1785 - 1985)


Art Index Retrospective   (1929- 1982)


Readers' Guide Retrospective (1890-1982)


American Periodicals (1740 - 1940)

British Humanities Index (1962- )
British Periodicals (1680s - 1930s)




     Some of the oldest continuously published magazines in America, including American Spectator, Commentary, Commonweal, Dissent, Harpers Magazine, NACLA, The Nation, The National Review, The New Republic, New York Review, and The New Yorker.

1. Click on the findIt@tufts button button in your search results screen to a window of three sequential options:

a. link to the digital full text when available;

b. link to a Library Catalog search for the print journal;

c. link to ILliad for requesting the article when the above two options are negative.

2. Search for a journal directly here:

a. Tufts Library Catalog (including e-journals)

b. Electronic journals list

c. Use ILliad to request your article, if Tufts does not have your journal.





Find an electronic-journal by title



IV. Writing and Citing

Writing Help

Citing Sources

A Short Guide to Writing about Literature by Sylvan Barnet. Ref: PE1479.C7 B3

Writing about Literature (handout from Writing Center at UNC.)

A Short Guide to Writing about Film by Timothy Corrigan. Ref: PN1995 .C66 2010



Tufts Academic Resources Center -- Writing Tutors


Chicago Style Manual


MLA Style Manual