TextRef provides a distributed method for sharing metadata about online historical texts and integrating this metadata into searchable catalogs with direct links to electronic resources.

This system currently provides access to a catalog of pre-modern Chinese texts available in various online database systems.


To search or browse the catalog, use the links at the top of this page, or enter a title in the box below:


To learn how to import metadata into the catalog, see the data model page.


A plugin for TextRef.org is available for the Chinese Text Project - install this into your ctext.org account for easy access to the TextRef.org catalog.