Course resource help for Japanese Studies

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Please get in touch if you have any queries about:

  • finding information and resources for assignments
  • finding online resources
  • referencing your sources

Joanna Cooksey

I'm hybrid working this semester, so will sometimes be on Headington campus and sometimes working from home. Please email in the first instance. If you need a 1-to-1 appointment we can then arrange one either face-to-face or via Zoom or Google Meet. My usual working hours are 8.00 - 16.00, Monday - Friday.


Check Cite Them Right

Citing your sources (also called referencing) is an essential part of your academic work and is explained fully on our page Reference and avoid plagiarism.

Cite Them Right shows you how to reference a wide range of sources (books, journal articles, web sites) in exactly the same Harvard style used at Brookes. It includes a Sample text and reference list using the Harvard style

The Library also has a printed guide to Brookes Harvard that you can download which is based on Cite Them Right (Word and PDF versions available).

Referencing tools

How to save and cite sources in LibrarySearch (Google slides) 

Endnote is a tool for storing and organising your references, and it will also work with Word or Pages to create a fully formatted bibliography from your reference library.

NB Other referencing guides and apps are widely available but be aware that not all Harvard styles are the same as ours. Make sure you check your references against Cite Them Right.

How to

Get started

How to find and borrow books:
  • Use LibrarySearch - check our video guide (on the right) for more help.
  • Finding your material shows you how to understand call numbers and look for books on the library shelves.
  • Borrowing and returning tells you about borrowing books.
  • Finding books and eBooks for Japanese Studies Word file and PDF highlights key areas of the library for students of Japanese.

Find sources for your assignments

Check the Google slides (on the left) for tips on how to find resources for your Japanese Studies assignments.
These guides may also help:

How to use Factiva database

Factiva is an international news database and a key resource for Japanese studies. It covers many Japanese publications. 

Check the video guide for how to search Factiva for Japanese sources.

Find out how to reference articles from Factiva in the Harvard style.

How to search Academic Search Complete and other EBSCO databases

Academic Search Complete

You can use databases to find journal articles on topics you are researching. A good database to use for any topic is Academic Search Complete which covers all subject areas. Follow the link below to connect to the database, or check the video guide (right).

Other EBSCO databases

Academic Search Complete is available on a web platform called EBSCO. The Library subscribes to several key databases through this same platform. They all look the same and the video guide (right) shows you how to search any of the EBSCO databases, individually or in combination.

Connect to other EBSCO databases:

BoB and Bridgeman Education

BoB (Box of Broadcasts)

BoB is an online service which gives you access to thousands of recorded TV, radio programmes and films from an online archive. These includes many plays in production - see the playlist on the right for examples.

Through BoB you can:

  • View programmes, browse the TV listings and ask for upcoming programmes to be added to the collection.
  • Create your own playlists.
  • Create your own clips from programmes and include them in presentations

Help with using BoB

Follow the link to access BoB. Click on 'Sign in', then type Oxford Brookes University in the Where are you from? box. The first time you access BoB, you will be prompted to create an account.

  • Learn more from these How to use BoB videos.
  • Trying to find a specific programme on BoB? Click on the 'Search options' link under the search box where you'll see filter options.
  • Check Cite Them Right for guidance on how to reference BoB programmes correctly in the Harvard style used at Brookes.

Bridgeman Education

This is a digital image database that you can use for finding images of Japan - from art works to historical photographs of Japan and its people.

Other image databases

Library databases:

  • ARTstor Good for images of Japanese art, architecture and crafts.
  • JSTOR database offers an image search enabling you to find high-quality images from around the world, including artworks, maps, photographs, and more.

Collections of high quality, free to use photos and images:

Man browsing in manga superstore, Tokyo
Mandarake Manga superstore in Shibuya Tokyo, (photo) by Sergi Reboredo / Bridgeman Education

Study smarter

Light display at Mori digital art museum, Tokyo
Photo by Luca Florio on Unsplash