Trial Databases

Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports 1941 - 1996

The collection been considered by Sinologists as one of the most valuable historical collections on contemporary China due to the significant, critical material unavailable from any other source during a time when China was slowly opening to the world. As it emerged from civil war, progressed to the Cultural Revolution and then opened to economic reform, the FBIS China collection contains the newspaper, short-wave, radio, and television broadcast texts that exist nowhere else. As a result, the FBIS historical archive is essential for understanding issues and events that preceded current issues within Asia.
Trial period: Jan 17, 2018 - Feb 3, 2018
Joint Publications Research Service (JPRS) Reports

This collection focuses on the technological and scientific development works published in communist countries, and the effect of those developments today. More than 50% of the collection includes published works from China, and showcases how much and when the Chinese knew about issues in military, agriculture, pollution, nuclear weapons and more.
Trial period: Jan 17, 2018 - Feb 3, 2018
Oxford English Dictionary Online

The OED covers the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million English words from the past and the present. The usage of words is traced through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of international English language sources. The online version contains the complete text of the 20-volume Second Edition, first published in 1989, together with its 3-volume Additions Series, published in 1993 (volumes 1 and 2) and 1997 (volume 3).

The Sacramento Bee Archive (1857-1984)

Sacramento Bee archives offer valuable research materials for the studies of the Chinese Immigration to the West Coast of the United States.
The Sacramento Bee was one of the most influential newspapers in California, and known for exposing local injustice and corruption in the early 20th century.
Trial period: 4 January 2018 – 3 February 2018
The San Francisco Chronicle Archive (1869-1984)

The San Francisco Chronicle was known as Northern California’s newspaper of record, but its wide influence was so far reaching that it was known as the “voice of the west”.
It shows heavy coverage of the 19th century immigration influx from China to the USA, who converged to California and played a key role in the building of the Transcontinental Railroad.
Trial period: 4 January 2018 – 3 February 2018