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Japanese Language Resources - Introduction for Graduate Students

This guide accompanies the library orientation session and offers a basic introduction to library research skills and tools for graduate students using Japanese language resources.


Welcome! This guide will help you get started with the research process involving Japanese language information sources. As such, it focuses on UBC library services, general Japanese language search techniques, and tips in getting the full text of resources. 

For a general list of library resources available for teaching, learning, and research in Japanese studies, please see the Japanese Studies Resources guide. For the links to course guides, please see the Japanese Studies Course Guides. For the links to the guides on specific subjects and related guides, please see the Related Research Guides section.

If you have any questions, please contact your librarian: Tomoko Kitayama Yen. You may also use the automated booking system by clicking on the "Schedule Appointment" button in the "Research Help" box on the left to make an appointment. Note also that my virtual office hours are posted on the left column on this page.

General UBC Library Links

Want to know more about how to use Summon effectively in general? See the guide Summon Help.

→Need an in-depth guide on finding books in general? See the guide Finding Books.

Useful External Resources

This guide provides a wealth of information for Japan researchers, including the Online Guide to Research Access to Japanese Collections and Resources. This Research Access Guide helps you as you plan to conduct research in Japanese academic research institutions (museums, libraries, and archives). The Guide's added new focus is on research affiliation programs sponsored by a various academic communities or interest groups.