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Chinese Literature, Language, and Culture: Books and Media

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LC Subject Headings

Some examples of Library of Congress subject headings related to Chinese literature:

  • Chinese literature -- History and criticism.
  • Chinese literature -- Western influences.
  • Chinese literature -- Qing dynasty, 1644-1912 -- History and criticism.

Search It

Search It is a catalog that lists not only WSU material, but also books that may be available through Summit, and Interlibrary Loan.

In addition to books, you can search Search It for journal articles, Internet resources, and media.You can create a Search It account in order to save books, email citations to yourself, and create lists of resources that can be shared with others.


When searching Search It, you will be able to tell if a book is owned and is available (not checked out) from the WSU Libraries when you see a green dot next to "Available at..."  Here's an example just below:

WSU item


If a book is not owned by the WSU Libraries, or is not available for some reason, you may see a yellow dot next to the Check holdings.  You will need to click on the "Request Summit Item" link to request the item.  Here is an example:

Summit record

Summit refers to a group of libraries in Washington and Oregon that partner with WSU to share resources. Summit items take about 3-5 business days to arrive at WSU. You will need to login with your network ID and password in order to request an item, and select a pick-up location. You can pick Summit items up at any campus library.


When an item is neither owned by WSU, or the Summit Libraries, you will see a red dot.  These items will need to be requested through Interlibrary Loan.


In this case, you will have to try and request the item through Inter Library Loan. The time required for the request to be processed and received will vary according to whether the WSU Libraries are able to locate an institution willing to loan the item. You can begin the Inter Library Loan process by clicking "Request Item From Interlibrary Loan." If you have never made an Inter Library Loan request before, the system will prompt you to sign up for the service, providing some basic information, such as your address, department, and phone number.

Browsing the Stacks

Want to browse the stacks for Chinese literature?  The Library of Congress call number range is PL 1001-PL 3208. These books are located on the 2nd floor of the Holland Library. A precise breakdown follows:

  • PL1001-1960 Chinese language
  • PL2250-3208 Chinese literature
  • PL2250-2443 History and criticism
  • PL2450-2659 Collections
  • PL2661-2979 Individual authors and works
  • PL3030-3208 Provincial, local, colonial, etc.
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