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Chinese 391G: Junior Year Writing

Locating Books on Your Topic

A couple of tips to get you started. The default search screen on the library home page is for Discovery Search. This front end has been set up to search for not only books, videos, music, journals but also articles in databases that we subscribe to. It can be overwhelming and you really should use the Advanced Search feature to narrow down your results. 

One way to narrow down your search is to use the various filters that you can see on the left such as 

In UMA Worldcat, you will see if UMass owns it (or if there is an e-copy), if a copy exists in the 5 Colleges, in the Boston Library Consortium or elswhere among the Worldcat member libraries. There are links built in to allow you to export data to your Zotero account or to request copy/loan through interlibrary loan.  

Often there isn't a table of contents available through UMA Worldcat, or the Five College Catalog. If you want to see what is inside a book before you request it, there are a couple of options. One is always Amazon. The other is Google Books

When you are trying to find out if UMass has a copy of a particular article or whether you need to request it through interlibrary loan, please remember that in the Library Catalog you need to search for the title of the journal/magazine not the title of the article. The same is true for articles that are published in edited books. Please search by the name of the editor or the title of the book not the article.

Google Books

Google Book Search

Help with Books


UMass has a subscription to ChinaMaxx, which is a database of over 780,000 titles published in China. Our subscription allows you to see the first 17 pages of any book in the database. If you want the library to purchase full-access to the book, please use the "recommend" 推荐 button, and I (Sharon Domier) will purchase it for our virtual collection. 

Make sure you CLICK the box to the right of the search button! Otherwise you will get no hits on all searches!

You may enter search by keywords or browse by categories. You may also search within particular categories. If you choose Advanced Search, you can do a combination search of author, title, keyword and limit to particular years. You may order your results by title, author, or year of publication. Please use simplified Chinese for searching.  

You may not print out or save the entire book as a pdf. That capability is not included in this database.

Please send your questions to   and enjoy!

We are slowly starting to purchase Chinese ebooks that are available through (Proquest) Ebook Central. You can search using Chinese characters or you can browse by language using the language filter to the right.