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Modern Languages

A guide to modern languages resources at UMSL Libraries and on the web.


This page is for students in H1310: Japanese Pop Culture.  Browse the resources below for suggestions on books, databases, and other digital collections.  These resources are offered as a starting point for your assignments in this course, although you are encouraged to explore other library materials.


Contact the library

For in-depth assistance with your chosen topic, you are encouraged to email or book a research consultation with the arts & humanities librarian or honors college librarian.  You are free to do so at any point in the semester, but please allow 1-2 days' notice.


Summon will search across UMSL's print materials and most of our online databases.  It is a great tool to start your research, though we recommend also following up with databases relevant to your research topic.

Please feel free to contact the library with questions about using Summon!  You can also access the search bar from the library home page.


Search Summon for articles, books, and more!




Databases & Websites

The following list offers suggestions for databases or websites to get started with your research.  Depending on your topic, you may find it helpful to explore additional databases offered by the the library.  For other options, explore the full list of UMSL's databases.

Books at UMSL

A small selection of books discussing Japanese pop culture are offered below as a starting point.  For a reminder about how to search for additional books related to your topic, please visit the Books tab on the left side of this guide.

Click on the titles for book summaries and location information.


You do not have to read an entire book in order to use it in your academic assignments!  It is very common to browse the Table of Contents to search for a chapter or two that is relevant to your interests.

Tip: You can request a digital scan of 1-2 chapters of a print book through interlibrary loan. Log in > Create request > Select "Book Chapter" from the options across the top of the form.