The literary type of historical excerpts (shichao lei 史鈔類) is a sub-category to the literary category of historiography (shibu 史部) in the collectaneum Siku quanshu 四庫全書. It was introduced as a category during the Yuan dynasty 元 (1206/79-1368). Historical excerpts can be extractions from one book, like Ge Hong's 葛洪 Hanshu chao 漢書鈔 and Zhang Mian's 張緬 Jinshu chao 晉書鈔, or extractions from a whole series of books, like Lü Zuqian's 呂祖謙 Shiqishi xiangjie 十七史詳節. The section of historical excerpts in the Siku quanshu includes three books, for example, the Liang-Han bowen 兩漢博聞.
* not included in the imperial collectaneum Siku quanshu 四庫全書