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Chinese Language & Literature: Subject Guide: Books and media

Items from the SLC Main collection

Voyager - for items at our library

Worldcat@SU is the library's online catalog.  Use the catalog to find which books, e-books, videos, DVD's, CD's and more are available at this library. A Keyword search is the most general search with which you can start your hunt for information. This will look for your search term in the title, author and subject fields. However, it is also helpful to know subject headings used for your topic. Always ask a librarian for help if you are not finding what you need. It may simply be a matter of figuring out the right terminology. 
Try searching these subject headings:
  • Art, Chinese
  • Authors, Chinese
  • China--Anecdotes
  • China--Antiquities
  • China--History
  • Chinese characters
  • Chinese language
  • Chinese literature
  • Philosophy, Chinese
  • Philosophy, Confucian
  • Philosophy, Taoist
  • Signs and symbols
  • Signs and symbols -- China
  • Translations
  • Translating and interpreting
  • Writing
  • Writing -- History
    Also certain call numbers group some Chinese materials together.
    For  example, using the call number 495.1 you will find  most of  the Chinese language materials. For Chinese literature, the call number 895.1 will gather most of the Chinese literature while call number 759.951 will locate most of the Chinese paintings.

Additional Voyager search features

The Advanced Keyword search allows you to carefully construct your search. Among other features, you can select any of these, all of these, or as a phrase from the dropdown list to identify how multiple words entered in the search are to be combined, or can refine your search by selecting a Boolean operator - AND, OR, or NOT - and adding more terms.

The Desk Reserve (for print and media) and E-Reserve (for online) tabs allow you to search for items placed on reserve by your professor.

The Journals tab allows you to search by title for all journals and newspapers available full-text online.

New Items lets you find books and media that have just recently been added to the collection.

Use the Mobile interface to search Voyager from a cell phone.


The library has over 40,000 e-books. When you pull up a list of results in Worldcat@SU, you can recognize an e-book because the call number field will say Online resource. To access the content of our e-book collection online, go to  EBSCO and log in. An account lets you access our e-books from any Internet connected computer 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 


WorldCat - for items at other libraries

If you don't find exactly the right book at our library and want to see what is available at other libraries, search WorldCat. You can request these books through Interlibrary Loan. Allow extra time, up to two weeks, for the books to be delivered.

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Requesting a book or article from another library

How do you get items from other libraries? Via ILLIAD, our interlibrary loan system. Use your SU user name and password to logon to ILLIAD. The first time you access the system you will be asked to create a brief user profile. Once you are registered you can use the system to make requests. You will also have the ability to track the status of your requests online.

Please remember that interlibrary loan requests take time, particularly for a book that is difficult to find. Don't wait until the last minute to make your request!