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Hist 3421/ASNS 3421

Professor: Sakura Christmas

Librarian: Barbara Levergood


Map, The Far East and the Pacific, 1941. The Imperial Powers, 1 September 1939.

Source: The Far East and the Pacific, 1941. The Imperial Powers, 1 September 1939. World War II Asia-Pacific, United States Military Academy, West Point.



JapanKnowledge provides access to various reference sources, including dictionaries, encyclopedias, other Japanese reference works (biographies, maps, chronologies, etc.), full text, and other visual and sound databases. Encyclopedia of Japan is in English, otherwise the materials are in Japanese. Hint #1: If the content is in Japanese, click on "Eng" at the top right. Click on the "basic search" or "advanced search" tab. Enter a search term in English. Look for items on the results list that contain substantial English content. Hint #2: Kodansha encyclopedia of Japan (Bowdoin Main Ref DS805 .K633 1983) includes bibliographies and has longer entries.

Journal articles

For journal articles on Japanese history:

For journal articles in other disciplines:


Dissertations and Theses Full Text: The Humanities and Social Sciences Collection

Compass (search "almost everything") is the single most comprehensive (but not 100%) tool for searching the Library's print and electronic resources. It is especially good for searching for the proverbial needle in the haystack.

Research guide on Asian History, particularly the tab on Japan.

Primary sources

Resources for primary sources include:

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