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Writing English Abstracts for Chinese Studies


(A)  Academic Style

(B)  Reference Books for Sinological Studies


  • Wilkinson, Endymion. Chinese History: A New Manual. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Asia Center, 2012. (UL DS735 .W695 2012)
  • Chang-Sun, Kang-i and Stephen Owen, eds. The Cambridge History of Chinese Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. (NA PL2265 .C36 2010 v.1)
  • Norman, Jerry. Chinese. 1988; repr., Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005. (NA PL1075.N67; UL Reserve 2 hours PL1075.N67)
  • Qiu Xigui 裘鍚圭, Gilbert L. Mattos and Jerry Norman, trans. Chinese Writing. Berkeley, CA: Society for the Study of Early China and the Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, 2000. (NA PL1281 .C5813 2000)
  • Ebrey, Patricia B. Chinese Civilization: A Sourcebook. 2nd ed. New York: Free Press, 1993. (ARL DS721 .C517 1993)
  • Mair, Victor H., Nancy Shatzman Steinhardt, and Paul R. Goldin, eds. Hawai'i Reader in Traditional Chinese Culture. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2005. (UL DS721 .H338 2005)
  • Hsia, C. T. A History of Modern Chinese Fiction. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1999. (NA PL2442.H8 1971)

Official Titles

Sources on Specific Areas


  • DeFrancis, John, ed. The ABC Chinese-English Dictionary. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1996. (UL Reference PL1455 .A22 1996)
  • ——— and Zhang Yanyin. ABC English-Chinese, Chinese-English Dictionary. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2010.
  • Oxford English Dictionary. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1989. (Electronic resource available.)
  • Mathews’ Chinese-English Dictionary. 1931; Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1943. (NA Reference PL1455 .M34 1954)


  • Mair, Victor H. The Columbia Anthology of Traditional Chinese Literature. New York: Columbia University Press, 1996. (NA PL2658.E1 C65 1994)
  • Owen, Stephen, ed. and trans. An Anthology of Chinese Literature: Beginnings to 1911. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1997. (NA PL2658.E1 A814 1996)
  • Minford, John and Joseph S. M. Lau, eds. Classical Chinese Literature. New York and Hong Kong: Columbia University Press and the Chinese University Press, 2002. (NA Book Exhibition PL2658.E1 C59 2000v.1)
  • Birch, Cyril, ed. Anthology of Chinese Literature: Volume I: From Early Times to the Fourteenth Century. New York: Grove Press, 1994. (PL2658.E1 B5 v.1)
  • ───. Anthology of Chinese Literature: Volume II: From the Fourteenth Century to the Present Day. New York: Grove Press, 1994. (PL2658.E1 B5 v.2)
  • Lau, Joseph S.M. and Howard Goldblatt, eds. The Columbia Anthology of Modern Chinese Literature. New York: Columbia University Press, 1995. (NA PL2658.E1 C64 1995)

Literary Theories

  • Preminger, Alex, T.V.F. Brogan, Frank J. Warnke, O.B. Hardison, Jr., and Earl Miner, eds. The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1993. (CC Reference PN1021.E5 1993)
  • Owen, Stephen. Readings in Chinese Literary Thought. Cambridge, MA: Council on East Asian Studies, Harvard University, 1992. (NA PL2262.2.R4)

    *For others, please visit: http://www.princeton.edu/~classbib/

    *Students are recommended to consult The Chicago Manual of Style when compiling a bibliography.  This list is not in complete CMS format.

(C)  Online Resources for Sinological Studies


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