Japanese Language & Literature: Reference Works & Online Resources


Oxford Reference Search

Search across encyclopedias in the Arts and Humanities. Subject coverage includes art & architecture, classics, history, literature, mythology & folklore, religion, philosophy, economics, and other fields.

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Why Reference Works?

Reference works are an excellent first stop in your research and are incredibly useful for the following:

  • Getting an overview of a topic
  • Getting topic ideas for a paper topic or narrowing your topic
  • Brainstorming keywords for searching and learning the vocabulary used by authors in that area
  • Learning the key works on a given topic
  • Discovering the key authors on a given topic

Reference works are a good starting off point, but should not be cited in your research as they are not considered primary or secondary sources. The only exception is when reference works contain primary and secondary sources (like collections of documents and essays).

Unless indicated, print reference works are located on the second floor of PSU Library.

Online Literature Resources

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