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HIST184R History of Chinese Medicine: Home

Things to Know

  • Contact your librarian Yao Chen ( for research assistance. 
  • Electronic resources are accessible off campus via either the proxy server or the Virtual Private Network (VPN). (Some East Asian language databases only work with VPN.) 
  • Contact ( directly for any VPN questions, troubleshooting, and support.

Get Started with Secondary Sources

UCSB Library Search Guide - Includes simple and advanced search, ILL, Course Reserves, etc. 

Traditional Chinese Medicine (via Oxford Bibliographies in Chinese Studies) - DOI: 10.1093/OBO/9780199920082-0039

Journal Article and Book Chapter Databases

  • Bibliography of Asian Studies - Includes western-language articles and book chapters on all topics on Asia (especially humanities and social sciences).
  • Historical Abstracts - Includes articles on the history of the world from 1450 to the present, excluding the United States and Canada.
  • America: History and Life - Includes articles on the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. 
  • PubMed - Includes articles in medicine, life science, and health administration.

Books via Library's Catalog

Useful subject headings: 

  • Acupuncture
  • Medicine, Chinese
  • Medicine, Chinese -- History
  • Medicine, Chinese Traditional 
  • Medicine, Chinese Traditional -- history
  • Medical literature -- China
  • Medicine, Chinese -- United States
  • Medicine, Chinese -- United States -- History
  • Medicine, Chinese Traditional -- United States
  • Medicine, Chinese Traditional -- United States -- History
  • Plague -- China
  • Epidemics -- China

Citation Tracing as A Search Strategy


  • Access digitized print books and journals in HathiTrust as long as one of UC campuses owns a print copy of the title.
  • Step-by-step instruction

Google Scholar

  • Set up "Library Links" to access UCSB licensed articles (follow the instructions created by Stanford and don't forget to change the search to UCSB)
  • Search tips (University of Pittsburgh)

Search Primary Sources

Books via UC Library Search

Useful keywords:

Archives, correspondence, diaries, documents, interviews, maps, manuscripts, microfilm, oral history/histories, pamphlets, personal narratives, photographs, pictorial works, sources, speeches. 


  • ProQuest News and Newspapers Databases - Historical and current US newspaper databases, including major newspapers, such as Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.
  • Access World News - Provides full-text information and perspectives from U.S. and international news sources.
  • Lexis Uni - Provides access to 17,000+ US and international news, business and legal sources from LexisNexis.
  • More News Sources


  • ARTstor - Includes 2.5+ million high resolution images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences. ARTstor requires users to create an account and login before images can be downloaded.  
  • Peter Parker's Lam Qua Paintings Collection (Yale University) - Includes paintings and papers of Peter Parker (1804-1888), a medical missionary and diplomat to China. 
  • Chinese Public Health Campaign Slides 1950s-70s (Johns Hopkins University) - Includes 415 educational public health campaign slides that were produced in mainland China from the 1950s -1970s.


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