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Japanese Studies

An introduction to Japanese Studies resources available from UMSL Libraries.

Text: Japanese Pop Culture. To the right, a black and white depiction of Katusushika Hokusai's The Great Wave off Kanagawa

Header image: Edited version of 神奈川沖浪裏 | Kanagawa-oki nami ura by Katsushika Hokusai


This page offers research help for students in the Japanese Pop Culture class. You will find easy links to resources we discussed in the instruction session, search tip reminders, additional databases, starting book suggestions, and contact information for the Arts & Humanities librarian for those looking for a one-on-one appointment. Please don't hesitate to reach out to the library with any questions!

Discover @ UMSL

Discover@UMSL is the library's main search tool for books, journal articles, and more. Results will include materials owned at UMSL (including both print and e-books) as well as scholarly articles, newspaper articles, primary sources, etc. from many of our online databases.

We recommend starting your research here. Then, follow up by also searching in library databases. Discover@UMSL does not pull in materials from every relevant database. Visit our Guide to Discover@UMSL for tips on using this search tool!

Book Reminders

  • You can use Discover@UMSL and databases like JSTOR (see link below) to search for books and individual book chapters. You don't have to read the entire book for it to be a useful source - browse the Table of Contents first.
  • Expand your search to MOBIUS to see materials from other libraries. These books are free to request! You can place a general interlibrary loan request for print books at libraries outside MOBIUS.
  • Visit the front desk if you get stuck locating a print item on the shelf.

Databases & Websites