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UCLA Tibetan Studies Collections

This guide is intended for researchers and students with a focus on Tibet, including a large Tibetan Diaspora worldwide.

Information on UCLA collections, as well as freely accessible material elsewhere, are included. The guide provides pathways to a variety of resource formats: printed and online books, journals and magazines, news sources, maps, and government documents, as well as film and video, sound-recordings, and statistical data sets.

Please note that off-campus access to licensed resources requires user authentication through the proxy server and VPN.

Tibetan Studies Links

Tibet-GIS Sources

China Historical Geographic Information System

The China Historical Geographic Information System, CHGIS, project was launched in January 2001 to establish a database of populated places and historical administrative units for the period of Chinese history between 222 BCE and 1911 CE. CHGIS provides a base GIS platform for researchers to use in spatial analysis, temporal statistical modeling, and representation of selected historical units as digital maps.

The Columbia Gazetteer of the World [electronic resource] / Saul B. Cohen, editor. [New York] : Columbia University Press, c2001- This resource lists all county seats (mostly using Chinese names) as well as population and local products. political maps of Qinghai down to the xian/county (Chinese only)

THDL Gazetteer   Only Central Tibet.

Tibet Map Institute   "Tibet Administrative Maps"

Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center (place search)

Tibet Outside the TAR.  CD-Rom, available for purchase from the International Campaign for Tibet. Features scans with clear borders of Chinese maps of Tibetan prefectures. List of Tibetan administrative seats outside the TAR giving Tibetan and Chinese spellings (and characters). pp. 2433-2450.


Google Scholar for Tibetan Studies

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