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Sibu congkan & Sibu beiyao on trial NOW!

The East Asia Library is pleased to announce that two new Chinese databases, Sibu congkan 四部叢刊 and Sibu congkan extended edition 四部叢刊增補版 (i.e. Sibu beiyao 四部備要) are available for trial now through October 28, 2012.

About the Sibu congkan and Sibu congkan extended edition databases:

Sibu congkan and Sibu beiyao are two outstanding and huge publications of 1920s and 1930s which assembled hundreds of representative pre-modern Chinese works. The titles span Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties and include early manuscripts and rare books. The online editions are full-text searchable databases with various functionalities and features. For the Sibu congkan database, it also includes scanned pages from the original print edition.

Access information:

To access the two trial databases, please go to the following URL: http://guji.unihan.com.cn/permit/ipauto. When you get to the homepage, please select 四部丛刊 or 四部丛刊09增补版 to proceed.

Before you start searching the database, please download special fonts from the database first and install them on your PC, so that some rare classical Chinese characters can be displayed properly on your end. Below are instructions on how to install the fonts onto your PC:

1. Download the fonts from and save the file onto your computer.
2. Copy the fonts file to the “fonts” subfolder under the “Windows” folder in the local disk C: .

Please note that access to the trial Sibu congkan and Sibu congkan extended edition databases are only available from computers on the Yale campus or with off-campus access (http://www.library.yale.edu/about/offcampus.html).

We would like to hear any feedback or comments on these two new trial databases from you. If you like to schedule a one-on-one session with us to learn more about the databases, please feel free to do so. For more information, please contact Tang Li (tang.li@yale.edu).