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Print Reference Sources

Japanese Women Novelists in the 20th Century
Call Number: Main Reference Collection PL723 .S35 1994

Japanese Women Writers: A Bio-Critical Source Book
Call Number: Main Reference Collection PL725 .J37 1994

Modern Japanese writers
Call Number: Main Reference Collection FOLIO PL723 .M563 2001

The Columbia companion to modern East Asian literature
Call Number: Main Reference Collection PL493 .C55 2003

Online Reference Sources

  • Dictionary of Literary Biography  Icon
    Includes "Japanese Fiction Writers Since World War II" and "Japanese Fiction Writers, 1868-1945."
  • Contemporary Authors  Icon
    A bio-bibliographical guide to current writers in fiction, general nonfiction, poetry, journalism, drama, motion pictures, television and other fields.
  • Literature Online (LION)  Icon
    A fully searchable library of over 350,000 works of English and American literature, overseen by an academic advisory board.
  • Jlit

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Useful Information

  • The Writing Center
  • RefWorks
    RefWorks is a web-based citation management and bibliography tool. It helps you to store, organize, and share citations and easily format them for papers and bibliographies. University of Iowa has purchased a site license so use is free of charge.

Translation Works

  • Japanese Literature in Translation (Japanese Foundation)
    Data for this database are collected in cooperation with the Japan PEN Club and UNESCO. Data coverage is from the end of World War II to the 1990s.
  • Index Translationum (UNESCO)
    This international bibliography of translation lists works since 1979 and contains more than 1,500,000 entries. Printed edition covers works published before 1979 and is available in the reference collection (MAIN REFERENCE Collection Z6514.T7 I42).



  • MLA International Bibliography  Icon
    The MLA International Bibliography is a subject index for books, articles and websites published on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics. It is produced by the Modern Language Association (MLA), an organization dedicated to the study and teaching of language and literature. The electronic version of the Bibliography dates back to 1925 and contains over 2 million citations from more than 4,400 periodicals (including peer-reviewed e-journals) and 1,000 book publishers.
  • JSTOR (Journal Storage)  Icon  Icon
    Provides image and full-text online access to back issues of selected scholarly journals in history, economics, political science, philosophy, mathematics and other fields of the humanities and social sciences. Consult the online tables of contents for holdings, as coverage varies for each title. Note that this database contains ONLY back issues. The JSTOR database does NOT include full-text of the most re
  • Project Muse  Icon
    With full text for well over 300 journal titles from university publishers, Project MUSE covers the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, and many others. Coverage begins in 1995.
  • Academic Search Elite  Icon  Icon
    This multi-disciplinary database offers full text for nearly 2,000 scholarly journals, including more than 1,500 peer-reviewed titles. Covering virtually every area of academic study, Academic Search Elite offers full text information dating as far back as 1985. This database is updated on a daily basis.

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  • WorldCat  Icon  Icon
    A bibliographic database of over 62,000,000 records from over 2,000 libraries around the world.
    The freely accessible version of WorldCat on the Web. lets you search the collections of local libraries and thousands more around the world.
  • Literature Database (National Women's Education Center (Japan))
    Literature Database retrieves books, journals, local government publications, Japanese periodical articles, Japanese newspaper articles and audio-visual materials from the Information Center for Women’s Education’s collection .

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