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Japanese Studies: Encyclopedias and More

Using an Encyclopedia

As a Background Source

The purpose of an encyclopedia is to provide basic information about a topic. Within the article, you should encounter important terms, the names of notable people, and background information on the topic. This can help you establish a foundation for your research.

Never Cite an Encyclopedia Article

This is something that is never done. Never!

Use the Bibliography at the End of an Article

Sources included are considered classic books and articles on the topic.


Encyclopedias and More

Print and Electronic Resources


Encyclopedia of contemporary Japanese culture, edited by Sandra Buckley.
London ; New York : Routledge, 2002.
 C of C Book Stacks      DS822.5 .E516 2002      AVAILABLE 

Japanese culture, by Paul Varley.
Publication Info. Honolulu : University of Hawaiì Press, 2000. Electronic Resource.