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|Resources for Japanese Studies|
Japanese Studies involves the study of various aspects of Japanese Culture: language, literature, history, politics, art, and religion. This guide points out some of the resources available in this field. It is not complete; please don't hesitate to ask a librarian for help if you are not finding what you need.
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Indexes and Databases
For more information and additional suggestions, visit the Databases Guide for Japanese Studies.
Full-text backfiles to over 350 scholarly journals from more than 25 academic disciplines published between the 19th and 21st centuries in the JSTOR Arts & Sciences I, Arts & Sciences II, and Language & Literature collections. JSTOR provides complete journal backruns from the date of initial publication up to a "moving wall" of 3 to 5 years before the present year. To limit your search to full text articles, make sure that the option to "include links to external content" is turned off.
- Project MUSE
Project MUSE provides full text electronic access to over 100 scholarly journals in humanities, the social sciences, and mathematics. Topics covered include literary theory; classics; history and cultural studies; philosophy; film, theatre and the performing arts; political science and mathematics.
- Kenkyusha Nichi-Ei jiten/ henshu daihyo Takebayashi Shigeru
Japanese-English learner's dictionary.
Location(s): Ref PL 697.K382 1992
- A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
The character entries are arranged by frequency of usage and examples of their usage are provided (especially helpful for those characters with more than one meaning). Characters are also illustrated in different forms as they do not always appear in the same form. For each kanji, the stroke order is illustrated (i.e. how to draw the kanji).
Location(s): Ref PL 679.K87 1982
- Vaccari's standard English-Japanese dictionary
Translations of English words into Japanese.
Location(s): Ref PL 679.V33 1967
- Dictionary of the Modern Politics of Japan
Includes prime ministers, party leaders, political parties, judicial systems, political crises, influential interest groups, government policy and many other topics related to Japanese politics.
Location(s): Ref JQ 1605.S86 2003
- 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
- Japan Encyclopedia
A one-volume encyclopedia covering the art, culture, history, literature and religion of Japan. Also contains many biographies. This resource is more like a dictionary and works well as a quick reference source.
Location(s): Ref DS 821 .F73 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)
- Modern Japanese Writers
Profiles of the life and works of twenty-four modern Japanese writers. Each entry has a bibliography containing the author's works and critical and biographical studies about the author.
Location(s): Ref PL 723 .M563 2001
- The Princeton Companion to Classical Japanese Literature
Contains a literary history, short entries on major authors, literary terms, theater and miscellaneous information including annual celebrations, geography, court titles and armor.
Location(s): Ref PL 726.1 .M495 1985
A travel guide to Japan including recommendations for accommodations, shopping, sight-seeing and eating. Contains color photographs and 170 maps.
Location(s): Ref DS 805.2 .J35 2000
- MnPALS Plus
The online catalog to the library at Gustavus Adolphus College. Choose "All Libraries" in the search options to search other MnPALS libraries (such as Minnesota State schools) and request books through Interlibrary Loan. View our MnPALS Plus tutorial.
Browsing for Books
- Limiting MnPALS Searches by Language
You may limit MnPALS searches by language: from the Advanced Search screen, go to "Limit search to" section, and select a language from the "Language" drop-down menu.
Books are shelved in general subject categories using the Library of Congress classification system. You may want to supplement your use of the catalog with browsing shelf areas for your topic. Below is a brief listing of some of the subject locations in the field of Japanese studies.
- BQ 1-9800 Buddhism
- DS 801-897 Japan, history
- PL 501-899 Japanese language and literature
Print journals are housed in the periodicals collection on the first floor of the library.
- Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies
- Journal of Japanese Studies
Stanford University's guide about Japan with links to topics from arts and entertainment to science and technology.
- Japan Text Initiative
An initiative designed to make texts of classical Japanese literature available on the World Wide Web.
- Japan Times
Japanese newspaper in English.
The Audio Visual Department, located on the first floor, has some videos and DVDs in Japanese. Videos/DVDs can be checked out for 24 hours and are listed in the library catalog.
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