The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing

The Chinese Periodical Full-Text Database (1911–49): searching the literature of the Republic of China

The Indexer: The International Journal of Indexing (2013), 31, (2), 54–59.

Abstract

Xu Shu traces the role of the Shanghai Library as a major repository of materials from the period of the Republic of China (ROC) (1911–49) and the steps that have been taken to make this material accessible to scholars in China and around the world, starting with a look at the National Index to Chinese Newspapers and Periodicals (NICNP) and moving on to the Chinese Periodicals Full-Text Database (1911–49) (CPFTD) (dating from 2008). She looks at the particular problems associated with the handling of ROC materials because of their age and the limitations of printing technology in the first half of the twentieth century, and the challenge of cross-searching between traditional and simplified Chinese, and she discusses the ways in which the CPFTD has risen to this challenge.

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Shu, Xu