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EAST 119: Visualizing Japan: Intro to Japanese Cinema

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  • Begin by narrowing down your topic and developing an initial research question.
  • Use the keyword brainstorming worksheet to help you tweak your research question, identify keywords and related terms, and keep track of what you find.  
  • Search in a library catalog (Summon, OBISOhioLINK and/or WorldCat) to find books and reference sources.  These sources will:
    • provide BACKGROUND and CONTEXT
    • REVIEW and SUMMARIZE earlier work
    • help you FOCUS your topic and
    • provide CITATIONS to important books, journal articles, conference papers, interviews, etc.
  • Next, search research databases to find articles. The library has hundreds of databases; those listed on this guide are good places to begin.
  • You may also wish to use Google Scholar to search the Internet.  This is a great tool for doing cited reference searches.


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Subject Search

Related Subject Search on Library of Congress Subject Heading

  • Theater -- Japan -- Tokyo -- History -- 20th century  
  • Theater -- Japan -- Tokyo -- History  
  • Theater -- Japan -- Production and direction  
  • Theater -- Japan -- History -- Dictionaries  
  • Theater -- Japan -- History -- 21st century
  • Theater -- Japan -- History
  • Theater -- Japan -- Exhibitions  
  • Theater -- Japan -- Dictionaries
  • Theater -- Japan

Alternative word: Motion pictures, cinema, film etc