HIST 374: Premodern Japanese History: Starting Your Search

Library Catalog

Start your search for books and articles in the Western Libraries' catalog:  https://library.wwu.edu/

Remember: the limiters in the left-hand column of the search results page are your friend! Use them to refine your search results.

For additional basic tips on searching the catalog for history resources, see the general guide to History.

Sample subject headings

Japan -- Description and travel
Japan -- Social life and customs
Japan -- History -- 1185-1600
Japan -- History -- sources
Japan -- Foreign relations
Japan -- Religion
Japan -- Politics and government -- 1600-1868
Samurai
Bushido 
Philosophy, Japanese

Databases

The "WWU+Summit+Articles" tab on the library website is a good place to start your search for scholarly articles:

Depending on your research topic, however, you may find that you receive too many irrelevant search results. Use the limiters in the left-hand column of the search results screen to refine your results. If this is not helpful, try doing a second search in major databases of humanities journals. For pre-modern Japanese History, the best places to look are:

JSTOR

BAS: Bibliography of Asian Studies

Artstor -- for visual sources on daily life in Japan


Be sure that you understand what your professor means by "article" (read more under the articles tab here).

How do I find a book on the shelf?

Most books on Japanese history are located on floor 3 West of Wilson Library. Premodern Japanese history falls mainly in the call number range DS 849 through DS 881.

Japanese literature is in the PL section and Japanese art in the N7350 section, both on 4 West.

To locate other shelving ranges, see the stacks directories near the stairwells or ask a library staff member for assistance.

Interlibrary Loan

If you would like to use a book that is not available at WWU or through any Summit libraries, you may request to have it delivered to you for free through Interlibrary Loan. This usually takes 5-7 days.

However, because this service costs the library, undergraduates must first consult with the History Librarian, Michael Taylor, to ensure that no adequate sources on that topic are available at WWU. To contact Michael, see the info box at right.