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Graduate Guide for Japanese Studies: Topics

This guide focuses on supporting reserach on Japanese Studies at the graduate level. Users are expected to somewhat familiar with scholarly publishign formats and synthesizing reserach.

Discover How Libraries Organize the Topics you're Interested in:

The University Libraries use a system called the Library of Congress Classification. Items in the library received their call number based on this system, which groups books about similar topics together. They are essentially addresses for materials on shelves, with no two items having the same address.

Why it's useful:

This is why all the books on Japanese literature can be found in the same place (The PL700s-800s). It is very granular, so that even books on, for example, renga (PL732.R4) all stay together.

It is used by nearly all academic Libraries in the U.S. and Canada. Which means that a book at our library and UC Berkeley will almost always have the same call number.

How you can use it:

If you are doing research on anime or manga, you may come across the book マンガ・アニメにみる日本文化. In the record you will notice a feature "Search Nearby Call Numbers" which will show a great deal more books dealing with the topic. It's like looking at a virtual shelf of books. You can also associate the call number PN6790.J3 with scholarly discourse on anime and manga. Apply this to any topic you are interested in.

Advanced Tricks:

You'll become familiar with call numbers that correspond with your research interests. You can take the call number in the example above and search some the largest Japanese Collections in country:

See PN6790.J3 books at: Yale, Columbia, Princeton, Ohio State, UCLA, etc.

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Japanese & Korean Studies Librarian

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