We will use the topic of publishing in Japan. This is quite a broad topic:
You can search "japanese publishers" in the search box below and then apply the "Peer-Reviewed," and "Journal Article" filters:
★ Note that each article you go to read, a new page will load with a different interface. This is because access to these articles is provided by different companies. Each with their own interface design.
Why are there two non-peer reviewed articles in the search results, even though I filtered by "peer review?"
Some of these results seem really specific! Why isn't there just an scholarly article on "japanese publishers?"
Why are there Book Reviews included in the results?
We will make a small change to our keywords. In addtion to "japanese publishers," we will include the term "edo." Edo is the name of the era between 1603-1868. This era is famous for its flourishing of literature and literary genres.
Search "japanese publishers edo" and apply the "Peer-Reviewed" and "Journal Article" filters.
There are quite a few more search results that the 5 above. See some of the other interesting articles that appear in the search results:
To get better results, we use the keywords "japan publishers edo." We can adjust there words slightly to make sure we see all the possible resources on this topic:
★ Each set of terms needs to searched to find the most resources for your topic.
As you read more resources about the topic of book publishing in the Edo / Tokugawa era, you should begin to discover much more specific terminology, often these will be of objects, places, people, and entities that are unique to the broader topic:
These kinds of terms only arise by reading other research materials. Often you will learn terms that are only in Japanese that don't really have an English translation. Many scholars will just use the Japanese word for Japanese objects. When searching these terms, you can filter by language (English) if you can't read Japanese -- yomihon, gōkan, kibyōshi, Santō Kyōden
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