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HS 259: Approaching Japan
Dr. Mihalopoulos

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If our library doesn't have the books you need, you should then search MeLCat, the Michigan electronic Library Catalog. You can request items from over 250 public and academic libraries in the state of Michigan. You will usually receive items requested through MeLCat in about a week.

Worldwide, use WorldCat  (Note: To retrieve & view online theses & dissertations, enter key words, click on "Internet Resources" & change "Any Content" drop box to "Thesis/dissertation".

If you find an item you want in WorldCat that isn't held by the Olson Library or MeLCat, you may request it by using InterLibrary Loan: Interlibrary Loan Request Form

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General Information

Reference Resources

Oxford Reference Online Online full-text (some with illustrations) reference books. Includes Oxford Companion series and 22 History-related titles.

Britannica Online -- The Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Asia for Educators -- Subtitled "An initiative of the East Asian Curriculum Project and the Project on Asia in the Core Curriculum" this web site, hosted by Columbia University, gives a wealth of background information.

Bowring, Richard John, and Peter F. Kornicki. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Japan. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1993.
NMU Reference (LRC 2nd floor)
DS 805 .C36 1993

Paul Edwards, editor in chief. The Encyclopedia of Philosophy. New York: Macmillan [1967]. 8 volumes and one supplement.
NMU Reference Encyclopedia Cases (LRC 2nd floor)
B41 .E5.


Scholarly & Popular Literature Databases

BR = includes book reviews

Dates Covered

Literature Resource Center

All Gale biography-related resources including Contemporary Authors, Dictionary of Literary Biography, etc. All years
ACLS Humanities E-Book Project BR Collection of high-quality full-text books in all areas of history. These scholarly works are of major importance to historical studies which are frequently cited in the literature. 1900 - present; 1,200+ works in full-image & full-text
AH Search [Arts & Humanities Search] BR

Indexes all areas of History, especially Ancient History; primarily used as a citator database. Indexes 160+ History titles.

As an index, articles published 1980 - present; cites works from any time
ECO [Electronic Collections Online]   BR 120+ History titles indexed, 9 subscriptions full-image articles published
1995 - present
Academic OneFile  BR 5,000+ total periodicals FT/FI 
Note: capitalize AND, OR
articles published
1980 - present
JSTOR   BR 39+ History titles, 14 Anthropology, & 11 Archaeology titles (all full-image) articles published
19th century - present
Google Scholar [in beta] Indexes publisher & scholarly web sites & journals. Includes a citator feature & has links to library full-text holdings. recent articles
MLA [literature]  BR Periodical articles, books & book chapters

works published
1963 - present

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