Apart from the bibliography you are to put into your own work and that lists the materials you used, a bibliography is also a list of writings with descriptive or critical notes relating to a particular subject. It can help you to narrow down the amount of material and gives you a great overview over the most relevant writings. A great way to continue after having checked the encyclopedias. A search for bibliographies for Chinese Studies can be done through this link: Search for bibliographies
The Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS) is the most comprehensive Western-language database for research on East, Southeast and South Asia. It covers all subjects with special focus on the humanities and social sciences. Updated continuously.
Even though this book was published quite some time ago its value lies in explaining how bibliographical data on China has accumulated over the last 300 years (including within China itself), and it also may help the reader understand the significance of a particular type of reference work.