Chinese studies: Finding Books

A comprehensive for students of all aspects of Chinese studies.

Browsing by Call Number

Most Monash University libraries use the Dewey Decimal Classification scheme to organise books and journals. The most efficient way to locate material in the library is to use . However the following may be useful as a guide when browsing the shelves.

List of call numbers

Number    Subject
330.951    China - Economic conditions
495.1        Chinese language
895.1        Chinese literature
915           China - Description and travel
951           China-History
951.249    Taiwan - History



Finding Resources

You can search for books and other resources by using Search on the library home page.  You can find books, journal articles, reading lists and electronic resources. You can restrict your search to Chinese language by using the language option in Advanced Search.

More information on using Search can be found in the Library Search Guide

Searching for books or articles

Use the Library Library search tool to retrieve books, journal articles and other resources. Find Search on the library homepage.


Sign in first so that you can place holds on books at other campuses, renew books, manage loans and save searches using e-shelf.

Leave the default as 'All resources' to find all types of resources in our collections and a wide selection of databases.

There is an option to search 'Library collections' which focuses on physical resources the library has in its collections

  • Use * to truncate terms. For example, archaeolog* will return results containing archaeology and archaeological.
  • Use "inverted commas" to search for terms as a phrase, rather than individual words. For example, "ancient egypt", or "ancient greece".
  • Use the limiters on the left hand side of your screen to limit your results by resource type (i.e. book, audio-visual, journal), or by date, library branch, and more.
  • You can Request a book if there isn't one on the shelf in your home library.