Internet resources for Sinology and academia more generally which I find particularly helpful or interesting. This list will be updated occasionally. Suggestions are welcome.



  • Pleco, best Chinese-dictionary smartphone app, for Apple and Android; app is free, but more specialized dictionaries must be purchased; includes Hànyǔ dà cídiǎn 漢語大詞典 (the OED of Chinese), Le Grand Ricci, and Paul Kroll’s A Student’s Dictionary of Classical and Medieval Chinese.
  • 汉典 (Hàn diǎn), historical Chinese-Chinese dictionary. Recent updates have begun to replace content from the Hànyǔ dà cídiǎn 漢語大詞典 with content from the inferior Guóyǔ cídiǎn 國語辭典.
  • Le Grand Ricci, encyclopedic Chinese-French dictionary.
  • Digital Dictionary of Buddhism, edited by Charles Muller (University of Tokyo).
  • Fóguāng dà cídiǎn 佛光大辭典, reliable Chinese-Chinese Buddhist dictionary

Historical Phonology

  • Yīntōng 音通, by David Prager Branner (Columbia University & City College of New York), for reconstructions of Middle Chinese.
  • Digital Etymological Dictionary of Old Chinese, by Jeff Tharsen (University of Chicago), which digitizes a variety of historical linguists’ reconstructions of Early and Middle Chinese.
  • The Baxter-Sagart reconstruction of Old Chinese, by William H. Baxter (University of Michigan) and Laurent Sagart (Centre de recherches linguistiques sur l’Asie orientale). The most widely-used reconstruction of Old and Middle Chinese in the West. Version 1.1 (Sept 2014) currently available for viewing and download.

Written Characters

Learning Classical Chinese

Textual Databases

Religion-focused Databases



  • Pers DB /  唐代人物知識ベース (Tōdai jinbutsu chishikibēsu), well-researched biographical database of the Táng dynasty (from the Institute for Research in Humanities at Kyōto University).
  • Chinese Biographical Database, a database of biography and relationships in imperial China, resulting from a collaboration between Harvard, Peking University, and Academia Sinica. English search page here. An offline version for Macs was released in February 2015 and can be found on the Communication and Empire website.

Religion-focused Bibliographies

Index of Scholars

Classical Chinese Poetry

  • Sōuyùn 搜韻, extensive collection of texts and tools related to classical Chinese poetry. Includes biographies of poets, interpretations of poems (from both classic shīhuà 詩話 and modern criticism), rhyming dictionaries, allusion dictionaries, and collections of critical essays. Fully integrated with the encyclopedic dictionary Hànyǔ dà cídiǎn 漢語大詞典. Generally free of the errors found in other free text databases, this is my go-to site for quick lookup of classical poetry.
  • Forum on Chinese Poetic Culture
  • LibriVox, Three Hundred Tang Poems, the famous anthology Three Hundred Táng Poems (Tángshī sānbǎishǒu 唐詩三百首) sung or read aloud in various Chinese dialects, including Mandarin, Hokkien, Taiwanese, Cantonese, and Hakka.
  • 大家來吟詩 (Dàjiā lái yínshī), recordings of medieval Chinese poetry sung in Taiwanese.

Amateur Translation Websites

Note: I do not attest to the accuracy of any translations in the following websites. I include them here out of a love of the interpretive and aesthetic risks that amateur translators are more willing to take than professionals.

Professional Organizations

Digital Humanities / Data Visualization

  • Digital Humanities Literacy Guidebook, excellent introduction to the diversity of practices, tools, and projects associated with the digital humanities. Created by Scott Weingart, Susan Grunewald, and more (Carnegie Mellon University).
  • Doing Digital Scholarship, another introduction to the digital humanities. Produced by the Social Science Research Council.
  • Palladio, from the Humanities+Design team at Stanford. Includes network-mapping, timeline, and geographic tools. Online interface, requires minimal training.
  • Raw, suite of open-source vector-based visualization tools based on d3js. Online interface, requires minimal training.
  • Datawrapper, easy-to-use, browser-based tool for creating interactive online charts.
  • Gephi, network-mapping and -analysis software with some algorithms for calculating network metrics.
  • Cytoscape, network-mapping and -analysis software, similar to Gephi in some ways. See the tutorials by Miriam Posner (UCLA).
  • Networks Demystified by Scott Weingart (Carnegie Mellon University). Excellent series of blog posts on the limits of network analysis for humanistic inquiry.
  • QGIS, open-source software for geographical information systems (GIS). Perhaps the most popular GIS software in use. A bit of a learning curve.
  • Open Refine, excellent for data standardization, originally developed by Google.
  • Programming Historian, relatively pain-free tutorials of various digital humanities tools. All tutorials are peer-reviewed for evaluation of accessibility.
  • Digital Humanities – A Primer, introduction to some of the fundamental themes and approaches of Digital Humanities, by the students of DIGH5000 at Carleton University, taught by Shawn Graham
  • RegexOne, one of many tutorials for regular expressions, a sophisticated method for searching digital texts.
  • Markus, online text-markup created for annotating classical Chinese texts.
  • Voyant, word analysis software. A very simple tool at heart, but has many useful visualization platforms.
  • Taiwan Digital Humanities, suite of tools for text analysis developed by leading experts in Taiwan. Interface is mostly in traditional Chinese.
  • Interactive Data Visualization for the Web by Scott Murray. An introduction to D3 and Javascript as media for creative dynamic visualizations of data, designed for beginners. E-book is free (at least, as of January 2017).
  • Hacking the Humanities by Paul Vierthaler (Leiden University). Series of tutorial videos introducing the basics of Python as it applies to the study of literature and history.

Professionalization / Meta


  • Proseminar in East Asian Studies, taught by Bruce Rusk (University of British Columbia); roundup of links related to presentations, cover letters, CVs, employment, funding, news, online presence, syllabi, teaching statements, and publishing

Job Search

Academic Events


Blogs, Podcasts, etc.

  • Dissertation Reviews
  • New Books in East Asian Studies, podcast hosted by Carla Nappi (University of British Columbia).
  • Sinica Podcast, hosted by Kaiser Kuo, Jeremy Goldkorn, and David Moser. Discussions with journalists and China-watchers, mostly about current events in China but occasionally wades into Chinese culture and history.
  • China History Podcast, by Laszlo Montgomery, narrating everything from oracle bones and the first Qin emperor to Zhou Enlai and Asian-American film stars in the coolest Californian style.
  • Language Log, with frequent posts by Victor H. Mair (University of Pennsylvania).
  • Blog of the International Dunhuang Project, highlights materials in the British Library’s collection of Dunhuang manuscripts and artifacts.
  • Digital Sinology, contains several posts by Donald Sturgeon (Harvard, Ctext) on text analysis and visualization.
  • Digital Sinologist, collection of resources from Adam Solove (former University of Washington grad student).
  • Chinese Manuscripts, website of palaeographer Imre Galambos (British Library).
  • Classical Chinese Prose, new translations of and resources for classical Chinese prose, by Timothy Clifford (Bryn Mawr College).
  • Frog in a Well, collaborative blog on East Asian History, mostly modern.
  • Notes on the Mosquito: a blog on Xi Chuan 西川 and Chinese Poetry in English translation, by Lucas Klein (The University of Hong Kong).
  • Printculture, with posts by China-minded comparative literature scholars Haun Saussy (University of Chicago) and Eric Hayot (Pennsylvania State University).
  • &: verbiage overflow, by linguist David Prager Branner (Columbia University & City College of New York).
  • Pierce Salguero, professor of East Asian Buddhism (Abington College, Penn State University).
  • James A. Benn, professor of Buddhism and East Asian Religions (McMaster University)
  • The Panpipes of Heaven, blog of Robert Ford Campany (Vanderbilt University).
  • Sarah Babcock, grad student (UC Santa Barbara), blog-notes for her dissertation on a 12th-century miscellany by the Buddhist monk Huihong.
  • Zen Mirrors, professional website and blog of Ben Van Overmeire (St. Olaf College).
  • 上窮碧落下黃泉: 漢學‧Early China‧Early Medieval China, by Wen-Yi Huang, postdoc (Harvard University), compiles abstracts and tables of contents for books on Early and Early Medieval China.
  • Jon Von Kowallis, professor of modern Chinese literature (University of New South Wales), contains many PDFs of useful materials.
  • No-sword, by Matt Treyvaud (Japanese-English translator), occasionally delves into early and medieval Chinese philology.
  • Trasalba, Galician blog on translation.

Last updated: October 2019.