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Gender in Japanese Culture

Research Sources & Tips









Journal Articles and Popular Press

Writing and Citing Sources

I. Overviews


book coverJapanese Visual Culture: Explorations in the World of Manga and Anime.
edited by Mark W. MacWilliam; foreword by Frederik l. Schodt.
NC1764.5.J3 J37 2008 

book coverJapan Style
edited by Edward L. Davis.
N7350 .C25 2007

book coverCambridge Companion to Modern Japanese Culture.
edited by Yoshio Sugimoto.
DS822.5 .C365 2009


book coverLiving Japan: Essays on Everyday Life in Contemporary Japan.
ed. by Harumi Kimura; translated by Haruko Miyazaki, Yuriko Takahashi.
DS821 .L58 2009

Envisioning the Tale of Genji: Media, Gender, and Cultural production. / edited by Haruo Shirane.
PL788.4.G43 E58 208


II. Books

A. Use Library Catalogs for Books

B. Sample Searches:

(note the search pattern; modify to your own needs)

Tufts Libraries Catalog

WorldCat (beyond Tufts)


Path of Discovery in the Catalog

1. Find a title/author (assigned readings/Course Reserves);

2. Note the descriptive language of the Catalog record.

3. Use that language in further searches


e.g. Click on subject/author in the record to see further results and related topics.


Author Chō, Kyō, 1953-
Title The search for the beautiful woman: a cultural history of Japanese and Chinese beauty
Publisher Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, c2012.
Subject Feminine beauty (Aesthetics) -- Japan -- History.
Feminine beauty (Aesthetics) -- China -- History.
Women in art.
Women in literature.
Women -- Japan -- Social conditions.
Women -- China -- Social conditions.
Added Author Selden, Kyoko Iriye, 1936-2013.


1. Artists, Anime Masters, Literary Authors:

Murasaki Shikibu

Isozaki Arata

Hayao Miyazaki


2. Topics:

(anime or manga) and cultur**




(shōjo or girl*) and su: japan* (limit to books)




3. Broader Contexts:

Women -- Japan

women -- Japan -- Conduct of Life


men Japan

men -- Japan -- identity



Mass media -- Japan.

Popular culture -- Japan.

Subculture -- Japan.




4. Advance Keyword Search, limiting to books.

Material Type:


III. Journal Articles

A. Subject Databases for Journal Articles

B. Search Tips



1. and 2.

JSTOR and Project Muse

Two favorite collections of core journals of all disciplines.




Expand your search into more databases and from various perspectives

3. Academic OneFile
All subjects; a convenient Quick Start. Here are some RSS feeds:



4. Art History and Literature



5. Film/Television, Mass Media, History , and Women's Studies

Limit Your Results


6. Bibliography of Asian Studies

When use GoogleScholar, set your Library Links to access Tufts full texts.



1. Current Scholarship on a Topic

Reviews of recent books and other types of review articles in major journals in a discipline are likely to summarize the current state of research in an area.

Two examples:


Excursions in Identity: Travel and the Intersection of Place, Gender, and Status in Edo Japan (review). Monumenta Nipponica, Spring 2010

Gendering Modern Japanese History (review). The Journal of Japanese Studies, Winter 2007.



A Few Notable Journals:


Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies

The Journal of Japanese Studies

Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies


Monumenta Nipponica

Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique


2. More Articles like this "perfect" one



Search, in Arts and Humanities Citation Index, for the article you have read.

For example:


Ogi, Fusami. "Female Subjectivity and Shoujo (girls) Manga (Japanese comics): Shoujo in Ladies' Comics and Young Ladies' Comics." Journal of Popular Culture  36: 4 (2003), 780-803.
References: 32 Times Cited: 3

You can, then, look up, in the record, the 32 references that Ogi cited for her article and, in turn, 3 articles that cited hers. The assumption is that these articles address related issues.



1. Not every single article is cited;
2. Influential authors are cited more often;
3. More recent publications take time to be cited.


C. Popular Press

D. Finding Full Text



LexisNexis Academic


Factiva (more international coverage)



Boston Globe (1872-1979)


New York Times Online Archive
(1851 - 3 years before current date)


Times Digital Archive  (1785 - 1985)


Art Index Retrospective   (1929- 1982)


Readers' Guide Retrospective (1890-1982)


American Periodicals (1740 - 1940)

British Humanities Index (1962- )
British Periodicals (1680s - 1930s)


1. Click on the findIt@tufts button button in your search results screen to a window of three sequential options:

a. link to the digital full text when available;

b. link to a Library Catalog search for the print journal;

c. link to ILliad for requesting the article when the above two options are negative.

2. Search for a journal directly here:

a. Tufts Library Catalog (including e-journals)

b. Electronic journals list

c. Use ILliad to request your article, if Tufts does not have your journal.


IV. Writing and Citing

Writing Help

Citing Sources


A Short Guide to Writing about Film by Timothy Corrigan. Ref: PN1995 .C66 2010


A Short Guide to Writing about Literature by Sylvan Barnet. Ref: PE1479.C7 B3

Writing about Literature (handout from Writing Center at UNC.)


Tufts Academic Resources Center -- Writing Tutors




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