GEOG 468: Society and Environment in China

If you need help, please contact Sarah (Tong) Zhang, Librarian for Geography, GIS, & Maps at 778-782-9704 or or Ask a librarian.


Use the Library Catalogue to find books on your topic. Books will provide good background and context for your topics.

Try Keyword searches such as:

  • Three Gorges Dam
  • environment* and protest and China

The asterisk (*) will find all the variant word endings for the particular stem you've given (ie, environment* will find environment, environments, environmental, etc.).

Or, try some of the following Subject headings (and find more of your own):

To search for books by subject heading, use the Browse Search option in the SFU Library Catalogue, then select Subject browse from the drop-down menu.

  • China - environmental conditions
  • Environmental policy - China
  • Social policy  - China
  • China - Social conditions
  • Olympic Games 29th 2008 Beijing China
  • China - environmental policy
  • Water conservation - China
  • China - Rural conditions

China's Reform - Ebook Series - Search through a collection of ebooks on China from Gale Publishing.

Journal articles

Use the following databases to find journal articles on your topic:

These specific journals are noted in your list of readings. Access them online and browse by issue or run keyword searches on your topic.

News articles

Use the following databases to find newspaper articles, past and present:

And you can find further news from the BBC News and The New York Times, including this NYT China and the Environment section.

Web resources

Find government documents, research reports, alternative news articles. Here are a few places to start:

To find more, use search engines such as Google (try searching +china +environment) and Google Scholar.


SFU Library has several databases that provide other kinds of material on China:

China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development Project (CCICED)
100 documents since 1993 including task force reports, issue papers, recommendations, and more.

Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports 1974-1996
Translated transcripts of foreign broadcasts and news from around the world, including Asia.

Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO)
Working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals and policy briefs.

You may also want to check theses and dissertations for additional information on your topic.