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Chinese for Life Science - CHIN 165A


Finding Health Sciences Literature in Chinese

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

Learn about Your Herb First

If you don't know much about your herb yet, it will probably be helpful to do some background research before you start searching for articles. 

In addition to the sources your instructor has provided, the library has some sources that might be useful. 

Try searching for the name of your herb in the OneSearch bar below (or on the library website). 

To find sources with background information, find Resource Type on the left side of the screen and click Show More to see all of the options. Reference Entries (such as specialized dictionaries and encyclopedias) and Books & Ebooks will probably be the most useful for getting started. 

Find Journal Articles

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.
  • Click on Classification (on the left side of the screen) to expand this menu.
  • Click Clear to clear all of the selections and check only (E) Medicine & Public Health.
  • 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.