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Hist 2421/ASNS 2311

Professor: Sakura Christmas

Librarian: Barbara Levergood

"Japanese Kitchen, Hakodadi"
Narrative of the expedition of an American squadron to the China Seas and Japan, performed in the years 1852, 1853, and 1854, under the command of Commodore M. C. Perry, United States Navy, by order of the government of the United States, 1856. Available from HathiTrust.


Provides access to various reference sources, including dictionaries, encyclopedias, other Japanese reference works (biographies, maps, chronologies, etc.), full text, and other visual and sound databases. Encyclopedia of Japan is in English, otherwise the materials are in Japanese. Hint: For English content, click on "English" at the top right. Click on the "basic search" or "advanced search" tab. Enter a search term in English. Look for items on the results list that contain substantial English content.

Japan Times Archive, 1897 - 2015. Hint: to download, display the page you want to download. Then...

  • PC-Firefox: File > Save page as > Web page, complete. Pay attention to where you saved it. Starting from the folder in which you saved the page, the .png image of the newspaper page is in the "The Japan Times Archives Search_files" folder.
  • Mac-Firefox: File > Save Page As > Web Page, Complete. Pay attention to where you saved it. Starting from the folder in which you saved the page, the image of the newspaper page is in the Search_files folder.
The Japan Times Mar. 22, 1897 (Meiji 30) - Mar. 31, 1918 (Taisho 7)
The Japan Times & Mail Apr. 1, 1918 (Taisho 7) - Nov. 10, 1940 (Showa 15)
The Japan Times And Advertiser Nov. 11, 1940 (Showa 15) - Dec. 31, 1940 (Showa 15)
The Japan Advertiser Jan. 17, 1917 (Taisho 6)
May 10, 1925 (Taisho 14))
May 17, 1925 (Taisho 14))
May 24, 1925 (Taisho 14))
May 31, 1925 (Taisho 14))
Sep. 24, 1932 (Showa 7))
Mar. 22, 1933 (Showa 8))
Oct. 21, 1940 (Showa 15)
Japan Times & Advertiser Jan. 1, 1941 (Showa 16) - Oct. 4, 1942 (Showa 17)
Japan Times Advertiser Oct. 5, 1942 (Showa 17) - Dec. 31, 1942 (Showa 17)
Nippon Times Jan. 1, 1943 (Showa 18) - June30, 1956 (Showa 31)
The Japan Times July 1, 1956 (Showa 31) -

Chinese Newspapers Collection, 1832–1953. Hint: Click on "Publications" to get a list of publications included.

Foreign and foreign-language newspapers

Historical Abstracts and JSTOR are excellent sources for journal articles on Japan and Japanese history. Also:

OneSearch is the single most comprehensive tool for searching the Library's print and electronic resources.

Resources for primary sources include:

Research guide on Asian History, particularly the tab on Japan.

Spelling and name variations

When searching, be sure to search on spelling variations or alternatives of geographic and personal names. For example:

  • Japan, Japon, Nihon, Nippon
  • Okinawa, Ryukyu(s), Liuchiu(s), Lewchew(s), Loochoo
  • Korea, Corea, Chosen, Choson
  • Manchuria, Manchukuo, Manchoukuo, Manchoukou (a common typo), Northeast China, Tartary
  • Taiwan, Formosa
  • Ainu, Aino(s), Ainoo
  • Hakodate, Hakodadi
  • Marco Polo Bridge, Rokōkyō, Lugou Bridge, Lukou Bridge, Lugouqiao, Lukouchiao, Lukowkiao
  • Saigō Takamori, Saigo Takamori, Saigō Kokichi, Saigō Nanshū

Call numbers: History of Japan

You can browse the shelves in this call number range for Japanese history: DS 801 - DS 897, including these historical periods:

DS 849.7 - DS 871.76 Earliest to 1600
DS 871.77 - DS 873 1600-1709
DS 874 - DS 881.1 1709-1853
DS 881.2 - DS 881.84 1853-1868, Bakumatsu period
DS 881.85 - DS 893 1868-present, Modern period


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