Languages

How to Use This Research Guide

This guide is meant to assist you in your foreign language proficiency. The guide also has resources that can help with research papers and projects you may have in your foreign language classes.

Use the  green  navigation tabs to find what you need. Each language tab on the left contains:

  • language learning and practice resources
  • reference materials and dictionaries 
  • in-library resources
  • other resources specific to the language

Information on foreign language literature is contained on its own page.

Chinese Language Resources

Online

Online resources to help you learn and practice Mandarin Chinese.

Print

In-library print resources to help you learn and practice Mandarin Chinese. 

Encyclopedias/Reference and Dictionaries

General background information on Chinese language, history, and culture. Additionally, the library has a number of Chinese language dictionaries. 

Dictionaries

Below are the most recently published Chinese dictionaries, but there are more dictionaries available in the collection. Books with a call number including "Ref." are reference materials and can only be checked out of the library with special permission.

Search the entire library catalog here.

Information on Chinese language, literature, and history can be found on the third floor of the library in the following call number ranges. 

PL1001-3208 Chinese language and literature
PL1001-1960 Chinese language
DS701-799.9 China
DS730-731 Ethnography
DS733-779.32 History
Internet Resources

Online texts, sites, and sources about China and Chinese languages. 

Films in Chinese

There are a number of Chinese language films in the library's collection. The DVD's are on the basement floor of the library and can be checked out with your student ID just like books! (Make sure to check out the popular releases when you're there, too!). 

Disclaimer: Make sure to check the Region number of the DVD you are going to check out when viewing DVDs manufactured outside the U.S./North America ...DVD's produced in other countries are manufactured using a different format than those made in the U.S.  Most computers and modern DVD players can easily accommodate these formats.  Manufacturers also include region codes which prevent DVDs manufactured in one region from being played on computer equipment from another region.  The Chester Fritz Library has dedicated computer equipment which can play those non-US DVDs which have region codes other than 1 (North America) or 0 (no region code--may be played on any equipment).  The settings on your personal computer will be permanently adjusted if you attempt to play DVDs with region codes other than 0 or 1.  Once these codes are reset on your computer (typically automatic after about 5 viewings), you will not be able to adjust it back, nor will you be able to view DVDs made in the U.S., which will likely be your more typical viewing preference.  Please use library equipment only for viewing international DVDs. 

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