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FTS 100: Women in Modern East Asia

Fall 2009

This guide is a starting place for your projects. Feel free to visit the reference desk if you have questions - or contact me, Barbara Fister, fister @

Table of Contents:

Reference Books for Background Information
  • Encyclopedia of Contemporary Japanese Culture
    This resource includes topics related to architecture, education, family, film, music, media, politics, sports, technology, etc.
    • Location(s): Ref DS 822.5 .E516 2002
  • Kodansha Encyclopedia of Japan
    Covers a wide range of topics on Japanese history, culture, economics, and biography. Articles were composed by Japanese and western scholars.
    • Location(s): Ref DS 805 .K633 1983 (9 vols)
  • Women in World History
    A biographical encyclopedia offering entries on 10,000 women from around the world. Includes indexes by era, geography, occupation, and name.
    • Location(s): Ref HQ1115 .W6 1999 (17 vols.)
Finding Books

Our catalog can be searched from the library's main page. Broaden your search terms if specific terms don't work. Be sure to browse sections where you find promising books; use tables of contents and indexes to find your topic inside a book. Are you aware of a book that our library doesn't have? We can borrow it for you from another library.

Finding Articles

  • Academic Search Premier,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=aph

    The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier indexes nearly 8,050 publications and provides full text for nearly 4,600, including more than 3,500 peer-reviewed journals. Coverage also includes many newspapers and popular magazines and spans virtually every area of academic study since 1975. Updated daily. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM). View our Academic Search Premier tutorial.
  • New York Times Historical (1851-4 years ago)

    The full text of the New York Times from 1851 to 4 years ago -- covering the entire publishing history of the newspaper back to the first issue. The newspaper text is fully indexed and searchable and the database also contains full-page images, including graphics. Available on the Web through ProQuest.
Using the Web

In addition to searching Google, these resources may be useful for your presentation.

  • Google Books

    Google is in the midst of an ambitious project to digitize books from publishers and in libraries. Those that were published before 1923 are in full text; those still potentially under copyright can be searched, but not viewed in full. It offers an interesting way to locate very specific words, phrases, and citations, particularly in older books. Using the advanced search you can limit a search to books that are full text or published within a range of years.
  • Flickr: Creative Commons

    User-uploaded images in Flickr that are available under a Creative Commons license for general use.
  • Flickr: The Commons

    This section of the popular photo-sharing site is populated with images from libraries and museums that have no known copyright restrictions. It's a great resource for historical images.
Citing Your Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism
  • Citing Sources
    We have our own guides to citing sources online if you can't find a copy of Everyday Writer.
  • Avoiding Plagiarism
    This guide from the OWL at Purdue University offers a clear explanation of what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.
  • Is This Plagiarism?
    Trying to determine if something is plagiarism or not can be tricky. Test your knowledge by taking this little quiz from the University of Texas at Austin.

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