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Zen & Tea Aesthetics

Research Sources & Tips






Images and Primary Sources

Reserves and Books

JStor, Other Databases and Popular Press

Writing and Citing Sources


I. Images and Primary Sources


Primary Sources



New York Public Library Web Gallery of Images

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Online Catalog


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.



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 Gross, Rita M.
Title Japanese Tea Culture: Art, History, and Practice / edited by Morgan Pitelka
Publisher London ; New York : RoutledgeCurzon, 2003.
Contents Portraits of Shinran in medieval pure land Buddhism / James C. Dobbins -- "My reflection should be your keepsake": Myōe's vision of the Kasuga deity / Karen L. Brock -- Icons and relics in Eison's religious activities / Paul Groner -- Visualization and mandala in Shingon Buddhism / Robert H. Sharf.
Subject Japanese tea ceremony
Tea -- Japan -- History.
Animated films -- Japan -- History and criticism.
Added Author Pitelka, Morgan, 1972-



(film* or cinema) and (tea or chado) and japan*


art and (tea or chado) and japan*


(tea or chado) and zen and japan*

Tips: 1. Or and ( ) to search any or all of the words; 2. film* searches for film, films, etc.


Zen Monks, Tea Masters and Filmmakers:

Mizoguchi Kenji


Sen, Rikyū


Hakuin, 1686-1769.


in the Broader Contexts:

Japanese tea ceremony

Japanese tea masters

Chashitsu (Japanese tearooms)


Zen Buddhism -- Japan


Zen Buddhism rituals


Spiritual life -- Zen Buddhism


Sample search results:


book coverChado: the Way of Tea: a Japanese Tea Master's Almanac.
Sasaki Sanmi; translated from the Japanese by Shaun McCabe and Iwasaki Satoko; foreword by Sen Sôshitsu XV.
GT2910 .S37213 2005


book coverThe Tea Ceremony.
Sen'ō Tanaka, Sendō Tanaka; preface by Edwin O. Reischauer; foreword by Yasushi Inoue.
GT2910 .T2978 2000


book coverWind in the pines: Classic Writings of the Way of Tea as a Buddhist Path.
ompiled & edited by Dennis Hirota.
GT2910 .W56 1995
GoogleBooks limited preview


book coverHistory of Japanese Art.
Penelope Mason; revised by Donald Dinwiddie.
N7350 .M26 2005


III. Journal Articles and Popular Press

A. Subject Databases and Popular Press:

B. Popular Press

C. Finding Full Text

1. JSTOR and Project Muse

Two favorite collections of core journals of all disciplines.

2. with Particular Focuses/Perspectives:

Bibliography of Asian Studies


Anthropology Plus


3. Search across groups of Databases. Or, separately:

History, Religion, and Women's Studies


Film & Television and Mass Media

Limit Your Results


ARTbiliographies Modern
International Bibliography of Art
Architecture (the Avery Index)
MLA (Literature)


4. Academic OneFile
All subjects; a convenient Quick Start. Here are some RSS Feeds:

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

A. Current:

Book, Movie, Music, Play, And Video Reviews (in LexisNexis)

Factiva (more international coverage)

B. Historical

Times Digital Archive  (1785 - 1985)

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

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.





D. Search Tips"

1. Build up Your Search

1. Start with "nouns": the art objects, authors, and titles of books and articles in your readings.

2. Examine the initial search results to discover what scholars have written about these writers, authors, and their works: "issues" addressed; the central debates on these issues, evidence and methods applied in analysis of these issues, and so on.


2. 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.

An example:

Handmade Culture: Raku Potters, Patrons, and Tea Practitioners in Japan (review). Monumenta Nipponica, Summer 2007.


3. Find More Articles like this "perfect" one


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

Bodart, Beatrice M. "Tea and Counsel - Political-Role of Rikyu, S." Monumenta Nipponica  32: 1 (1977), 49-74 .
References: 41 Times Cited: 3

You can, then, look up, in the record, the 41 references that Bodart 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.


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


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

Writing About Film (Dartmouth Writing Program)


Chicago Style Manual