This site can help you navigate the new and different expectations you will encounter when doing research at the college-level. The site provides basic information you will need to know right away when you start doing research, as well as important advice, explanations, and useful strategies.
Get a head start on your Research Project by using Subject-Specific Encyclopedias. They can help you identify a good topic or develop a research question.
Encyclopedia of Modern Asia
2004 ed. Emphasizes people, places, events, and developments that have had a lasting influence on Asia, also covering Asian relations with Western nations, the relations between nations within Asia, and also the flow of people, goods, and ideas within Asia and globally.
2009 ed. This introduction to life and culture in Japan presents a captivating portrait of the island nation, home to 127 million people and one of the most robust economies in the world.
Web Japan is sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and operated by a Japanese non government organization. The site provides highly reliable information on Japan across many different genres including culture, sightseeing, society, history and nature. The content is provided primarily in English. Includes links to current governmental information.
Handbook of Japanese mythology
2003 ed. An introductory guide to the mythology of Japan, one of the most pervasive yet least understood facets of Japanese culture.
Cambridge Histories Online
Currently the collection contains more than 258 digitized volumes from the esteemed Cambridge Histories series covering 15 subject areas. Useful for locating background information in almost any subject in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences.
Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion
2005 ed. Surveys clothing, body adornment, and examines the origins of clothing, the development of fabrics and technologies, and the social meanings of dress. Also presents information on representative costumes from a wide variety of historical eras.
Fashion, Costume, and Culture: Clothing, Headwear, Body Decorations, and Footwear through the Ages
2004 ed. Provides a broad overview of costume traditions of diverse cultures from prehistoric times to the present day. Explores how and why items were created, the people who made them, and their uses. This set shows how clothing, headwear, body decorations, and footwear reflect the different cultural, religious, and societal beliefs.
Encyclopedia of Food & Culture
2002 ed. Presents articles on food and its place in human culture and society, including entries on everything from food preparation, distribution and storage to holidays and festivals, nutrition and health, and cultures and cuisines.
International encyclopedia of marriage and family
2003 ed. Adopts an international, cross-cultural approach to such diverse topics in marriage and family issues such as adolescent parenthood, cohabitation, widowhood, domestic violence, and commuter marriages. Also examines the history of family life within different cultures and discussing how families have been affected by political and social change.
Marriage Customs of the World: From Henna to Honeymoons
2004 ed. An encyclopedia of marriage rites, traditions, and beliefs from around the world, ranging from ancient practices to contemporary ceremonies.
Oxford encyclopedia of theatre & performance
Academic Search Premier Great for a starter search
JSTOR Lots of Peer-Reviewed materials
Bibliography of Asian Studies Everything you need to know about Asian Studies
Google Scholar This is a subset of Google that only searches research-related material. It won't tell you if it's peer-reviewed, but it can point you in the direction of Asian studies materials.
Daily Yomiuri (Tokyo)
The LexisNexis newspaper archive of the Daily Yomiuri (Tokyo) includes full text of articles from 09/01/1989 to present.
World News Connection
New interface! Coverage: 1995-2013; extremely limited 1994. Translations from more than 800 non-U.S. media sources, including news articles, Web sites, broadcasts, periodicals, government press releases, and non-classified technical reports. Information is available within 24-72 hours from original publication or broadcast. Earlier content is available from Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports 1974-1996 on the Newsbank platform.ProQuest interface (2006- ) disappearing in 2014, available from the Databases A-Z list
Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports
Coverage: 1974-1996. Translations of foreign radio and television broadcasts, news agency transmissions, newspapers, periodicals, and government statements from foreign countries. Series 1 through 6 have been released. They cover Africa, Asia, East Europe, Latin American, and the Middle East.
FBIS Publications 1997-2004
Coverage: 1997-2004 . Translations of foreign radio and television broadcasts, news agency transmissions, newspapers, periodicals, and government statements from foreign countries. Continues online FBIS Daily Reports. Continued by World News ConnectionNeeds to be installed before use., some CDs no longer work in native mode on our computers and require some work arounds. Ask at Reference Desk.
Free online version of the Japan Times, with backfiles to January, 1997.
Data (World Bank)
Statistical Bureau - Japan
Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication's Statistical Bureau contains many different collections of stats and data in English. It also contains an online version of the Japan Statistical Yearbook, Population Census, and Consumer Price Index.
Population Reference Bureau DataFinder
PRB focuses on four core themes: Reproductive Health and Fertility; Children and Families; Population and the Environment; and Population Futures - Aging, Inequality and Poverty, Migration and Urbanization, and Gender.
Note on landing page (4/29/14): Due to the lack of continued funding and technology changes, the database is no longer available. Contains more than 10,000 public opinion questions and the respective responses from Japan's major survey research sources, translated into English. Free resource, but you must register before using.
Polling the Nations
Coverage: 1986- present. A compilation of surveys conducted by over 1000 polling organizations in the United States and 100 other countries.
Guide to APA citations
Diana Hacker's guide to the APA style, including in-text citations and list of references.
Diana Hacker's Research and Documentation Online
Free online version of Hacker's famous guide to citing research. Excellent resource, and works as a great online addition to the Writer's Guide.
Maintained by Chris Davidson at Northwestern University. List of links to the official websites of national governments.
Japan Government on the WWW
A comprehensive list of links to the various government departments of Japan, including the Statistics Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation). You may need to select English on the page.
Official Government Web Pages
Maintained by Richard Kimber, University of Keele, UK, retired. More up-to-date than Gunnar Anzinger's.
Japanese Historical Maps
English website. Collection of historical maps of Japan by UC-Berkeley. Especially rare is the collection of Tokugawa city maps: 252 maps of the city of Edo (modern Tokyo), 79 maps of Kyoto, 40 of Osaka, and 30 maps of other cities such as Kanazawa, Nagoya, Nagasaki, and Yokohama, all from the Tokugawa period. Among the earliest maps are those of Osaka (1656), Kyoto (1654-68), and Edo (1676). The earliest Japanese world maps also date from this period.
Asian Maps - Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
Contains images of hundreds of maps of Asian nations, major cities, and more. Provided by the University of Texas, Austin.