MCST – Modern Chinese Scientific Terminologies

MCST – Modern Chinese Scientific Terminologies.

Based on an international research project to understand the Chinese adoption of Western scientific and philosophical terminologies from 1840-1930, the “MCST Databases are intended as a reference tool for researchers interested in the transmission, reception and appropriation of foreign knowledge in modern China. You may search our files either for specific Chinese terms (in Chinese characters or Hanyu pinyin transcription) or for the English words these terms were meant to render, by clicking on ‘Standard Search’ or ‘Complex Search’ above. Search results are presented in chronologically ordered lists. Please input in ‘Big5’ or ‘Traditional Chinese’ encoding.

If you wish to quote data retrieved from the MCST Databases, please indicate the reference as follows:

Lackner, Michael, Amelung, Iwo, Kurtz, Joachim (2001). MCST Databases: An Electronic Repository of Chinese Scientific, Philosophical and Political Terms Coined in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century. Retrieved (current date), from” (MCST)

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J-Stage & Journal@rchive

J-Stage & Journal@rchive.

Developed by the Japan Science and Technology Agency, these are two full-text databases of scientific journals published in Japan (many in English). J-Stage provides access to recent content, while Journal@rchive covers back volumes.

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Chinese Bibliography of History of Science and Technology 科技史论著目录查询

Bibliography of Chinese History of Science and Technology 科技史论著目录查询.

Developed at the Institute for History of Natural Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, this database provides citation information of Chinese publications on history of science and technology. It covers articles, books, and book chapters published in approximately early 1950s to 2003.

Link updated. (1/31/2010)

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Nagasaki University Digital Collection 長崎大学電子化コレクション

Access here.

Including one of the largest early photograph collections in Japan, and several collections related to history of modern science, medicine and economics in Japan.

Thanks to Hideyuki Morimoto (Columbia U.) for recommending the “High-definition image database of old photographs of Japan”, which is part of this resource.