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Finding non-English resources: Chinese

A guide to help you find non-English resources

Chinese Books in Asian Collections in the Sir Louis Matheson Library . Photo by Hueimin Chen.

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Subject Librarian for Chinese Studies
Xiaoju Liu (Matheson Library, Clayton)
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 Adding IMEs (Input Method Editors)

 Chinese on your Mac

Note:

Make sure that the language bar is visible. There is also the option for a soft keyboard.

Please contact eSolutions if you have problems activating the IME on your device. The computers in the library have the IME enabled by default.

Finding Chinese resources

This page will help you to find Chinese language resources in the Library Search.

If you can't find what you're looking for, don't give up. Persistence will pay off! 

But you may need to try different methods to find suitable resources.

 
You can find an overview of the different input methods and their best application.
More information on China-related resources, please visit the Chinese Studies - Library guide at Monash University. 

Overview

You can use different methods for finding Chinese language resources in Library Search. The input methods you can use include:

  • Chinese characters ( simplified or traditional)
  • Romanization
  • English
All Chinese language resources available in Library Search have been Romanized according to Library of Congress Chinese Romanization Table. If you know the title or author of the item you are looking for, it would be better to use Romanization in Library Search. Type in Chinese characters will also work, but might not yield all possible results.

Click on the tabs above to find more detailed information on using these different input methods and when to best use them.

Tip: Browsing the shelves around the same call number will find resources on similar topics.

How to input Chinese characters (simplified and traditional)

Chinese language has two writing systems:

  • Simplified Chinese 
  • ​Traditional Chinese 

The Input Method Editor (IME) allows you to type Chinese characters. Add Chinese language from the list of languages and language settings in your PC or Mac — then, simply switch between languages.


How can you add the IME in your computer?

 Adding IMEs (Input Method Editors)

 Chinese on your Mac

Note:

Make sure that the language bar is visible. There is also the option for a soft keyboard.

Please contact eSolutions if you have problems activating the IME on your device. The computers in the library have the IME enabled by default.

 

When to best use Chinese characters

Use Chinese characters if you:

  • know the title of the item in Chinese
  • know the name of the author in Chinese

Please note that searching with simplified and traditional Chinese will get different results. In the example below, the book 粱啓超史學論著三種 could only be found by typing traditional Chinese because it is written and thus catalogued in traditional Chinese. Likewise, if a book is written and catalogued in simplified Chinese, you need to type in simplified Chinese to be able to find it. So to make sure you get good results, it is better to try both simplified and traditional Chinese.

 

 

 

Use of Romanized Chinese

Romanized Chinese converts Chinese characters into the Roman (Latin) script to express the language in a phonetic form that allows typing on a standard keyboard. All catalog records of Chinese language resources in Library Search include Romanization according to the rules set by the Library of Congress.  

When to best use Romanized Chinese

Use Romanized Chinese if you:

  • know the whole or part of the title of the resource
  • know the name of the author

Using Romanization will give you the best results for Chinese language materials, including the records in both simplified and traditional Chinese. Romanization also picks up resources in English and other languages.

 

Library of Congress Chinese Romanization Table & Pinyin system: Separation and Connection of Syllables

All resources in the library are cataloged according to Library of Congress Chinese Romanization Table, which follows the Pinyin system as outline in Han yu pin yin fang an 汉语拼音方案 (1962). When searching with Romanized Chinese in Library Search, please be aware of the separation and connection of syllables:

 

Separate the Romanization of each Chinese character with a space. 

明清小说比较研究

Ming Qing xiao shuo bi jiao yan jiu

西

xi bei
   
Exceptions:  
  • given names
 

孙中山

Sun Zhongshan
  • multi-character surnames

欧阳山

司马相如

  • specific geographic locations and countries 

Ouyang Shan

Sima Xiangru

 广州

Guangzhou

 

Keywords in English

You can search for Chinese language resources using English keywords.

Using English keywords will lead you to the subject headings, which are another way to find suitable resources.

When to best use English

Use English if you:

  • are not looking for a particular title or author
  • want to search for keywords or topics

If you are not searching for a particular title or author, you may want to do a keyword or topic search.  You can use Chinese or English for keyword search, but in general searching with English will give you more results. Searching with English keywords will lead you to the subject headings, which describe the contents and topics of the item. Through English-language keyword searches, you can use the subject headings to find suitable resources.

 

 

 

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