Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Gray’s China

China: The Next Superpower?



Online Databases

  • The library has added several books on contemporary China. Be sure to look in our catalog,which you can search from the box on the right.
  • EbscoHost Web, a selection of different databases, will have information on most, if not all, of your topics. They are good general databases and will be a good starting point for you. When you choose Ebsco, you have the ability to create a folder which you can use to store articles that you want to look at when you're at home. Ebsco also can format your article in MLA style when you are ready to create your bibliography. There are several databases within Ebsco that will help you – Student Research Center, EbscoHost Web's MAS Ultra, Science Reference Center, TopicSearch and others.
  • Newsbank is a current newspaper database, with papers from around the world.
  • CQ Researcher has an issue titled Emerging China which, while from an American point of view, covers many of the topics you can select. You can also try CQ Global Researcher, which is more of an international viewpoint and may have information on your topics.
  • For quick information on the nuclear question, try World Geography's world news section.
  • Several eBooks from the Gale Virtual Library cover topics on your list.
  • A website dedicated to information on Asia is Asia Source.
  • For your bibliography, try Noodletools. Be sure to choose MLA Advanced as you work your way through their questions.
  • The Online Writing Lab (OWL), from Purdue University, offers tips on writing your paper and formatting your bibliography/works cited pages.

Historical Resources

Two good sources for historical background information are Country Studies from the Library of Congress and Background Notes from the State Department.

Remember – if you use our databases from home, you'll need to log in to First Class for the usernames and passwords!


Other Web Resources

On NPR's home page, search for China. You'll get many, many results.Try this series on "China and the World" and this one on China in Africa.

If you are able to listen to news stories, try Marketplace's special series on China's changing economy. If you go to Marketplace's home page, you can search for other stories on China, including several on the Internet in China, Wal-Mart, Starbuck's,China's middle class and lots more.


For more articles on internet censorship in China, look here and here.

SiteHeader For a short (but good) summary on growth in China, try this link. Be sure to take a look at the references used for this page, too.

Yale Global is an online publication focused on the growing interconnectedness of the world. There are articles here on several of your topics. 


For a somewhat recent article on panda diplomacy, look at this page from The National.

This link takes you to an article from The Economist on fast food in China. Also check company pages for their take on China. Yum! Brands, Inc., parent company of KFC and Pizza Hut, has a page on their China Division. Others may take some digging. Here's one on McDonald's from MSNBC.

For an article on reality tv in China, try this one, from the The Atlantic Magazine. Another possibility is this one from China Daily, which features an article on a director of several reality shows (you can search the titles of the shows).

Articles on China's emerging space program, including information on it's impact on the United States and the relationships China is forming with other nations are found on

Another place to look for information on China's space program is's page.


The BBC's China page has an article on China's current 5-year plan for their space program. CBS News has one on China's manned space launch in June, 2012.

The BBC News page takes a look at the relations between China and Japan historically and in the present day. You'll also find other articles on your topics if you search the BBC's home page.
The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, has articles on China that cover several of your topics.
Another think tank that specializes in relationships between countries is the Council on Foreign Relations. Look here for information on China and Japan, Taiwan, North Korea, China's space program and even the United States.