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: For English content, click on "English" 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.
Kodansha Encyclopedia of Japan
Main Ref DS805 .K633 1983; 9 vols.
The single most comprehensive tool for searching the Library's print and electronic resources. You can limit to book reviews.
WorldCat. Database contains the holdings of every major library in the country and some in Britain, over 40 million records. Check to see whether CBBcat or MaineCat hold the item of interest; otherwise request via Interlibrary Loan.
Research guide on Asian History.
Chinese history : a new manual
Main Ref DS735 .W695 2015
A fabulous resource, with short essays putting each topic in context and many secondary sources in English. Most sources are in Chinese, however.
Historiographies are published more commonly as article-length than as book-length works. Generally, use broader search terms when searching for books.