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Chinese for Life Science - CHIN 165A


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Finding Health Sciences Literature in Chinese

This research guide highlights the best places to look for health sciences literature written in Chinese.

Where to Search

Best Bet for Chinese-Language Papers: China Academic Journals (CNKI)

You can use either the Chinese language platform or the English language platform to search this database (both platforms include the same content). 

For best results, click on Advanced Search. Under classification (on the left side of the screen), clear all of the selections and check only (E) Medicine & Public Health. Then run your search. 

This will limit your results to only health and medical papers. 

**If you have trouble with this database in Google Chrome, try using another browser, like Firefox, Safari, or Edge.**

Best Bets for English-Language Papers: PubMed & Scopus

There are many English-language papers on Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments. Both PubMed and Scopus include papers in a variety of languages, including Chinese. However, the availability of the Chinese papers in these databases may be limited. 

If you find a Chinese paper in one of these databases that you can't access through PubMed or Scopus, see if it is available through China Academic Journals first. If not, you can try requesting it through Interlibrary Loan. We will do our best to get a copy of the article for you, but it may not be possible.