Selected Resources for: Japanese Studies

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Subject Librarian:

Yao Chen

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Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier provides full text for thousands of scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications.

Asia-Pacific Arts, Culture, History, Language, Religion

Asian-Pacific Social Sciences, Economic Development, Business and Industries, International Relations, Politics

References principally western-language articles and book chapters on all parts of Asia. Emphasizes materials published since 1971, but has some materials dating from as early as 1779. Currently covering about 825,000 citations, it is broad, emphasizing the humanities and Social Sciences, but not comprehensive.

Full texts of articles in academic journals covering the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences. JSTOR provides backruns from the date of each journal's initial publication to recent issues. In some cases there may be a backlog of several years. JSTOR also increasingly offers the full texts of complete monographs, including books on music.

The largest searchable database in Japan with over 7 million records. In addition to the zasshi kiji sakuin (Japanese Periodicals Index) since 1975, this database includes a wide range of scholarly, general interest, business, and sports periodicals. The database permits searches by keyword, author, publication title, or publisher. It does not provide full-text access.
NOTE: MagazinePlus requires that U of MN users sign a user's agreement with staff at Wilson Library. Please visit the Reference Desk on the first floor of Wilson Library to sign the agreement and get the URL for accessing MagazinePlus.

Index to full-text collection of journals in literary theory, classics, history and cultural studies, philosophy, film, theater and performing arts, political science, and mathematics. From Johns Hopkins University Press. The full text of a limited number of individual monographs is also available for titles that the Libraries have purchased. Users can limit their search results to include only the full text content that the University of Minnesota has access to.


Catalogs and Bibliographies

Bibliographies

Japanese history and culture from ancient to modern times

Seven basic bibliographies.

Japanese women writers in English translation: an annotated bibliography


Catalogs


National Bibliographies


General Reference Sources

Biographical Sources

Japanese women: new feminist perspectives on the past, present, and future


Country Studies


Dissertations and Theses

Coverage:
1861 - present (Doctoral dissertations)
1962 - present (Masters theses). Description: Dissertations and theses from over 1000 universities. Doctoral dissertations are indexed for almost all North American graduate schools and many European universities. Masters theses from selected schools only. Provides bibliographic citations for older titles. Abstracts are included for dissertations since 1980 and for masters theses since 1988.

Some dissertations, beginning with 1997 publication dates, are available digitally.


Encyclopedias

Japan : an illustrated encyclopedia

The database connects you to multiple resources including Japanese and English language dictionaries for modern and classical terms, historic chronology, general encyclopedias, news, Japanese names and biographies, business quarterly reports, law dictionaries, and multimedia. Searches can be done in English or Japanese with results in either language depending on what resources were searched. Advanced and multiple term searches are available. -Keywords: search encyclopedias/dictionaries collectively with “onelook” option or search by pen name, derivative, title, index, or full text -Display: tile of article in English and Japanese, source, excerpt, and option to read more -False hits: will not provide accurate results if words are misspelled or suggest corrections, to narrow hits use feature to link terms together or choose which resources should be searched.
Note: Limited number of simultaneous users.


Guides

Japanese American History: A-to-Z Reference from 1868 to the Present

Covering the history of this group, the book has three parts: An historical overview, chronology and dictionary of terms/issues.


Internet Resources

Blogs

“Genron” is an English-based web portal for critical discourse in Japan managed by Genron Co., Ltd. Intimately coordinated with Shisouchizu beta, the journal published in Japanese by Genron Co., Ltd since 2010, it will present ambitious and cutting-edge articles translated into English that capture the “here and now” in Japan and its society.


Web Sites


Multimedia Materials

Audio Resources

Learning Japanese Online (LJO) is designed to provide self-studying tools for Japanese language learners. With generous support from ALC Inc, the website was created with materials of Nihongo Journal, a monthly magazine for Japanese learners.


Image Resources

COMING SOON--The project aggregates a group of visual materials including film, photograph, poster, and slides, centered on the theme of propaganda and its promotion through popular media from China, Japan and Korea. These unique visual resources can be accessed online for authorized users.


Videos and Films


Periodical and Newspaper subscriptions

Electronic Journal Titles

Asian Ethnology is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the promotion of scholarly research on the peoples and cultures of Asia. It began in China as Folklore Studies in 1942 and is now published semi-annually at Nanzan University in Japan


News Sources

A newspaper database for Asahi shinbun containing 8 million articles (as of January, 2009) published from 1945 to present. Also includes articles from the weekly magazines Aera and Shūkan Asahi, and from the annual new-word dictionary Chiezō.


Primary Source Materials

Historical Documents

Manzanar Free Press is a newspaper published by Americans of Japanese descent interned in the Manzanar Relocation Center of Interned Pacific Coast Residents of Japanese Descent between 1942 and 1945.


University of Minnesota

Related U of M Web Sites

The East Asian Library contains books and periodicals in Chinese, Japanese and Korean languages. -- In addition to library information, this site includes links to selected journals and Internet Resources.


Library Information

Wilson Library

309 19th Ave. S.
West Bank, Minneapolis Campus
Service Desk: 612-624-3321
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East Asian Library

S-75 Wilson Library
West Bank, Minneapolis Campus
612-624-9833
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