- Oracle bone inscriptions
- Bronze vessel inscriptions
- Stone tablet inscriptions
- Bamboo slips
- Numismatics (Coins, Bills)
- Shangshu (Shujing) "The Book of Documents"
- Chunqiu-Zuozhuan "The Spring and Autumn Annals
- Zhushu jinian "The Bamboo Annals"
- Anecdotic history: Guoyu, Zhanguoce
- Shiji and the official dynastic histories
- Annals and chronicles: Zizhi tongjian, Tongjian gangmu
- Histories in their entirety: Tongjian jishi benmo
- Institutional History: Tang huiyao, Tongdian, Tongzhi, Wenxian tongkao, Zhenguan zhengyao
- Collections of edicts and memorials: Mingshilu, Qingshilu, Jingshi wenbian
- Historical critique: Lunheng, Shitong, Gushibian
- Modern collections of source material