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Some reference titles for research in Japanese studies:
These databases will be the best bets for starting your research in Japanese studies. If you are having trouble finding articles, see our Finding Articles guide, or ask a librarian for help!
Academic Search Complete This link opens in a new window
This general database provides full-text coverage across a variety of journals, including over 7,700 peer-reviewed journals (and almost 6,000 other magazines/journals). Very popular with students.
World History (Gale OneFile) This link opens in a new window
This history database provides access to over 150 full-text scholarly journals and magazines relating to world history. There is a good mix of content appropriate for novice researchers and content for veteran historians in this database.
Global Issues (Gale in Context) This link opens in a new window
This current issues database provides overviews of a number of ongoing global issues, including human rights, war, globalization, poverty, etc. You will find many types of content in this database, including overviews, expert perspectives, reference content, primary sources, and multimedia.
The best place to find books about Japanese studies is in the Schewe Library Catalog or in the library on the shelves primarily in the 952 range on the upper level (for Japanese history), the 895.2 range on the upper level (for Japanese literature), and the 741.5 range also on the upper level (for all graphic novels, manga inclusive). If you are having trouble finding more books, see our Finding Books guide. Here are some suggested titles:
World History in Video This link opens in a new window
A broad collection of documentaries exploring human history throughout the globe.
When looking for web resources based in Japan, the following table will be helpful to you to determine what type of site you are using.
Ritsumeikan Research Repository
Ritsumeikan Research Repository is an institutional repository of Ritsumeikan University and Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, and is a database containing digitized intellectual products created by professors and researchers of those two universities and allowing users to search and read the products.
Online Japanese dictionary.
You can search news from major newspapers and local newspapers during the past seven days.
国文学研究資料館 National Institute of Japanese Literature
The primary purpose of the NIJL is to preserve manuscripts and books relating to the study of Japanese literature.
国立歴史博物館 National Museum of Japanese History
The NMJH is a history museum in Sakura, Chiba, Japan. The collections focus on the history, archaeology, and folk culture of Japan.
国立国語研究所 National Institute for Japanese Language
The National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics (国立国語研究所 Kokuritsu Kokugo Kenkyūjo) (NINJAL) is an independent administrative institution in Japan, established for the purpose of studying, surveying, promoting, and making recommendations for the proper usage of the Japanese language.
Talk to your professor or look in your syllabus to determine which citation style you should use.
Japanese studies articles may use a variety of APA, MLA, Chicago, or other styles. You can find more information on these styles in the Schewe Library citation guide.