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Your Academic Liaison Librarian, Joanna Cooksey is here to help you find and use library resources for your Japanese Studies course, for example finding books and journal articles, using electronic services like databases, and referencing in your written work. Joanna is based on Level 3 of the Library and you can make an appointment by emailing email@example.com
This is the main library at Oxford Brookes and covers all subject areas. It's located in the JHB Building.
To get online in the Library, log onto one of the Library PCs with your student number and portal password. These computers will give you access to Internet, Google Mail, Moodle, Word etc. Printing is available via the
Print Anywhere service. The IT Service Desk is located in The Forum and provides IT help.
To get online with your laptop, tablet or other device, sign up for the University’s Wi-Fi service Eduroam via the
IT Services Web pages.
Library help throughout your course
Japanese Studies students are welcome to contact their
Academic Liaison Librarian, Joanna Cooksey.
Guides for Japanese Studies students
How to do a literature search for an essay or dissertation
Download a copy of this
Literature search plan for Japanese Studies
(Word) and use it to add your own notes and plan your search.
Finding news sources
News and current affairs
guide for links to newspaper databases and further help with finding and selecting news sources.
Finding statistical sources
page provides links to UK and international statistical sources.
Finding country reports
Annual country reports can be useful sources of information about the economic, political and social situation of individual countries. Use the database
Business Source Complete: search for a country plus 'country report' (e.g. Japan country report) to find useful information on particular countries.
There's further help available on the
Business Subject Help page on Country information
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gives full details of library services and electronic resources which are available to you even when you're abroad.
You may be able to use public, university or specialist libraries while you are on placement, in addition to the resources available to you at your company or institution. Always contact the library before a visit to check on their particular
requirements or restrictions.
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You are welcome to contact your Academic Liaison Librarian if you need further help or information. You can also try emailing our
Electronic Enquiry Service
if you have any queries or problems.
Brookes Library should hold the resources you need for coursework. If the Library doesn't have an item on your reading list, please let your Academic Liaison Librarian and module leader know. Students doing an honours level project or dissertation
may need additional resources that are not held in the Brookes Library. Various options are available to you.
Undergraduate students doing dissertation-level research are eligible to apply for reference access to the
Bodleian Library. You will need to get an application form from the Library Help Zone ( Level 1) or
download it from our web pages.
Check Library Research Guide 11: Applying for admission to the Bodleian Library (PDF) for guidance on completing the form - there are sections for the student, a university lecturer and library staff. The guide also tells you which libraries you can access.
Note that you will not be able to take the completed form to the Bodleian until their term has finished. From 9th December you can take your completed application form to the Admissions Office in the Weston Library and your application will be processed on the spot. They recommend going on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday when the office is quieter.
RenewalsStudents wishing to renew their membership to the Bodleian need to obtain a new application form and get it checked and signed at Brookes as with their original application. Take your completed application form to the Admissions Office in the Weston Library and your application will be processed on the spot. They recommend going on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday when the office is quieter.
Using the BodleianUse SOLO the Oxford University Libraries' Catalogue to check what is available and where it's held. For students doing Japanese the Bodleian Japanese Library is a fantastic resource. You will also be able to access their e-resources while on site.
Researchers and staff Researchers and staff should follow the procedures outlined on the Bodleian Library Admissions webpages, using Form A and should apply in person directly to the Bodleian Admissions Office.