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CNKI, or the China National Knowledge Infrastructure, is an e-publishing project approved by the Press and Publications Administration of PRC and backed by Tsinghua University that began in 1996 and publishes databases containing e-journals, newspapers, dissertations, proceedings, yearbooks, reference works, etc.[1] Free searching is available on the CNKI homepage, which is in Chinese but can be translated using Google Translate. Users can also access an English-language version of the CNKI portal, which lists all available CNKI databases:[2]

  • China Academic Journals Full-Text Database - 1994 onward(most are retrospectively covered)
  • Century Journals Project - 1915-1993
  • China Doctoral Dissertations Full-Text Database - 1999 onward
  • China Master's Theses Full-Text Database - 2000 onward
  • China Proceedings of Conferences Full-Text Database - 1999 onward
  • China Core Newspapers Full-Text Database - 2000 onward
  • China Yearbooks Full-Text Database - 1912 onward
  • China Reference Works Online
  • China Statistical Yearbooks Database

Although searching many of these databases is free, users must subscribe to view the full-text content. Subscription products available from the vendor, EastView, are detailed here.


Use

Users can select any of the above databases on the CNKI EastView (English-language) homepage to search individually, or users can select to conduct a cross-database search (of any databases except China Reference Works Online and China Statistical Yearbooks Database). For the cross-database search, users can use:

  • A basic search form (one available search form, with a drop-down menu of fields and option to search in a date range)
  • Advanced search form (multiple forms combined by Boolean operators and date range)
  • Expert search (command line interface)

Non-registered users can view the hit-list and bibliographic data on the records, but they must log in to download the full-text documents. Users can view a list of prior search queries under the Search History tab in the upper right corner of the portal.


Sources

  1. "Introduction." CNKI homepage, http://www.global.cnki.net/grid20/Aboutcnki/Introduction.htm (link no longer available). Accessed October 11, 2011.
  2. "Welcome to The China Knowledge Resource Integrated Database." CNKI EastView website, http://cnki.en.eastview.com/kns50/single_index.aspx. Accessed October 11, 2011.

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