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Japanese 391G: Junior Year Writing on Japan  

This is a guide for undergraduates who want to limit their research to English language resources.
Last Updated: Oct 19, 2015 URL: http://guides.library.umass.edu/jpn391g Print Guide RSS Updates

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Popular Articles

  • Reader's Guide Retrospective
    Citations to articles in 600 popular U.S. magazines. Time Period Covered: 1890-1982. Citations can be saved in a text file and imported into RefWorks.

Other Options

  • Japan Focus
    "In-depth critical analysis of the forces shaping the Asia-Pacific . . . and the world. The Asia-Pacific Journal seeks to illuminate the geopolitics, economics, history, society, culture, international relations and forces for change in the modern and contemporary Asia-Pacific."-- website
  • Highlighting Japan
    Online magazine published by the Japanese government. Good to see what kind of topics Japan is promoting overseas.

Top Choices for Japanese Studies

Not all databases provide the full-text of articles. Some like BAS are citation only. In most cases there will be a UMLinks button that you can click that will search our local information and tell you if there is an e-text available, print copy in the 5 colleges, or if you need to request a copy through interlibrary loan. It costs the library quite a bit of money to purchase the articles on your behalf - so wse interlibrary loan wisely. 

Sometimes you want to work backwards. You see a citation in a book or article that you want to read. Use the citation linker to see if the Library has the item. 

  • Bibliography of Asian Studies  
    The online version of the Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS), referencing principally western-language articles and book chapters on all parts of Asia published since 1971. This is a citation only database, so you will need to either use the library catalog in cooperation or click on the button for "find it @ your library"
  • Historical Abstracts
    Citations and abstracts for journal articles, books and dissertations on world history from 1450 to present, 1954-present.
  • MLA Bibliography
    This is an excellent database for research in the Humanities - literature, theater, and film studies. It includes some full-text, and then you should use UMLinks to see if we have copies of the other citations you are interested in.
  • PAIS International
    Public and social policy literature in political science, international relations, social sciences. Articles, government documents, reports, 1915-present.
  • Linguistics Abstracts
    A database of abstracts from over 600 scholarly linguistics journals, 1985-present.
  • Expanded Academic ASAP
    Articles from scholarly and general-interest periodicals relating to the humanities, social sciences, and non-technical general sciences, 1980-present.
  • Google Scholar
    If you connect to Google Scholar through the Library page, you will be able to access the articles for which the library has paid subscription fees. Sometimes Google Scholar is a good choice when you are thinking about a topic and not sure what angle to take.

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Sharon Domier has a B.A in East Asian Studies and an M.L.I.S from the University of Alberta. She also has a master's degree from the University of Library and Information Science in Japan.
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