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Peer Review

China Gateway

by Rebecca Nedostup


Overall Numeric Rating:

3.75 stars
Content Quality: 4.25 stars
Effectiveness: 3.5 stars
Ease of Use: 3.5 stars
Reviewed: Mar 31, 2014 by History Editorial Board
Overview: This resource provides links to websites, libraries, and resources about Chinese history & culture. Each section contains annotated lists of internet resources and print items re: China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Chinese in the Diaspora; Chinese related materials at Boston college and Chinese in Boston. The resources are in both English and Chinese. The content focuses on 19th and 20th century Chinese society & history as portrayed through web resources, stand alone tools, study units, and a very few documents. There are links to websites for those students who want to study Chinese or take as study abroad program. The copyright on the website is 2004; last updated 2009.
Type of Material: Online repository
Recommended Uses: • Reference resource
Technical Requirements: Browser; quicktime is needed for the Historian’s toolkit.
Identify Major Learning Goals: • Provide links to materials about China and Chinese culture. • To provide links to cultural repositories that hold Chinese arts and resources
Target Student Population: • College students and scholars researching Chinese culture. • Librarians and archivists putting together resources pages for their institutions
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: none

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.25 stars
Strengths: This source provides a wealth of useful material. The content is of high quality.
Concerns: • Users must determine for themselves the value of the materials. About 1/3 of the links are no longer viable

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 3.5 stars
Strengths: If the student or researcher is self-directed and persistent, the user could locate materials about China and Chinese culture. Other than the scanty resources on the Historian’s Toolkit, there is nothing substantive in this resource.
Concerns: The spacing of the material on the web-page is too dense in some areas. Greater spacing is required.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 3.5 stars
Strengths: China Gateway may be easy to use for high school and college students.
Concerns: Many of the links no longer function.

Other Issues and Comments: • This site does aggregate resources about China and Chinese culture. This resource should be replaced with a LibGuide with current information and links to serve today’s more sophisticated library / archives user.