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Japanese Architecture

Research Sources & Tips







Overviews and Images

Reserves and Books

Journal Articles and Popular Press

Writing and Citing Sources


I. Background Information

Definitions, Overviews and Biographies



JAANUS (Japanese Architecture and Art Net Users System)

IEAAU (Institute for East Asian Architecture and Urbanism)

The Virtual Museum of Japanese Arts

Oxford Art Online (Grove Dictionary of Art)

The Oxford Companion to Architecture

34 Thematic Essays on Japanese Art
(with images and bibliographies, the Metropolitan Museum of Art)


Primary Sources:

Modern Japan: a history in documents / James L. Huffman.

Sources of Japanese Tradition / by compiled by Ryūsaku Tsunoda, Wm. Theodore de Bary [and] Donald Keene.


A. Digital

SAHARA Project by the Society of Architectural Historians in ARTStor)

Artifact (Tufts University)

The Virtual Museum of Japanese Arts

Great Buildings Collection (from the magazine Architecture week, a vast collection of current and historical "photographic images, architectural drawings, maps, timelines, 3D building models, commentaries, bibliographies, and web links.)

Digital Archive of European Architecture

International Architecture Database




B. Search for Books with images at Tisch

(architect* or building*) and japan* and "pictorial works"

architect* and japan* and photo*

architect* and japan* and exhibition*




1. architect* searches for architect, architectural and all forms of the word, architect.


2. and in between keywords and phrases.


3. Or and ( ) to search any or all of the words.


4. " " around phrases.


II. Reserves and Books

A. Use Library Catalogs for Reserves and Books

B. Sample Searches:

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

1. Course Reserves


2. Tufts Libraries Catalog

3. 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 Berthier, François.
Uniform Title Jardin du Ryōanji. English
Title Reading Zen in the rocks: the Japanese dry landscape garden / François Berthier; translated and with a philosophical essay by Graham Parkes.
Publisher Chicago, Ill.: University of Chicago Press, c2000.
Subject Rock gardens, Japanese -- Zen influences.
Rock gardens -- Japan -- Kyoto.
Ryōanji Teien (Kyoto, Japan)

1. Specific Buildings:

Yokosuka Museum of Art



2. Architects

Isozaki Arata

"Shigeru Ban"

Ken Yeang

Kenzo Tange

Tadao Ando


Architects -- Japan


3. in the context of building types:

Architect* and Japan* and (domestic* or resident*)

Japan* and ("tea house*" or "tea room*" or tearoom*)

japan* and architect* and garden*

gardens japan

japan* and architect* and temple*

*architect* searches for architect, architecture, etc.


4. in the contexts of style/period

(Shoin or Sukiya) and architect*

edo and architect*

Buddhist architecture




III. Journal Articles and Popular Press

A. Subject Databases for Journal Articles

B. Popular Press:

C. Finding Full Text



1 & 2. JSTOR and Project Muse

Two favorite collections of core journals of all disciplines.


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


4. Architecture (the Avery Index)

(the principal architectural database)


Other Related Databases:

5. ARTbibliographies Modern

6. Bibliography of Asian Studies

7. Film and Television Literature Index

8. Communication & Mass Media Complete

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




LexisNexis Academic

Factiva (more international coverage)


Boston News (Boston Globe and Local Newspapers)


Boston Globe (1872-1979)

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


Art Index Retrospective   (1929- 1982)


Readers' Guide Retrospective (1890-1982)

American Periodicals (1740 - 1940)


British Periodicals (1680s - 1920s)




     Some of the oldest continuously published magazines in America, including American Spectator, Commentary, Commonweal, Dissent, Harpers Magazine, NACLA, The Nation, The National Review, The New Republic, New York Review, and The New Yorker.


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





A Short Guide to Writing about Art by Sylvan Barnet. Oversize: N7476 .B37 2011

Writing the Art History paper (Dartmouth Writing Program)



Tufts Academic Resources Center -- Writing Tutors



Chicago Style Manual

MLA Style