Choose the databases that best fit your topic for the best results.
Japanese Language and Culture
Because Japanese majors have such diverse research topics, choose your databases from those recommended on the research guides that best match your topic:
Finding Full-Text of Articles and Interlibrary Loan
Once you have located citations to journal articles, follow the "Find Text" button to determine whether the text of an article is available in the Library or through its databases. If you need articles not available in the library, CSUMB students, faculty and staff may use the Interlibrary Loan Request Form.
Books in the CSUMB Library
The CSUMB Library Catalog lists books and videos in the CSUMB Library.
The "search books, articles, and more" box on the library's home page can also be used to search for books, but it does not work well if your search terms include accents.
Use the links below for quick lists:
books, videos, and audio CDs in Japanese
books, videos, and audio CDs in Spanish
books of and about the literature or fiction of Japan (also search by author's name and keywords)
books of and about the poetry or drama of Japan (also search by author's name and keywords)
books of and about the literature or fiction of Mexico (also search by author's name and keywords)
books of and about the poetry or drama of Mexico (also search by author's name and keywords)
books of and about the literature or fiction of Spain (also search by author's name and keywords)
books of and about the poetry or drama of Spain (also search by author's name and keywords)
CSU Union Catalog to search library catalogs of the 23 California State University campuses.
MOBAC Monterey Bay Regional Library Catalogs to search library catalogs in the Monterey Bay region
Melvyl to search library catalogs of the University of California
WorldCat to search library catalogs from around the world.
CSUMB students, faculty and staff may use the ILLiad Interlibrary Loan Request Form to borrow books found using the catalogs above.
Credible background information on countries:
CountryWatch - information, data and news on all countries
Gob.Mx - provided by the government of Mexico.
Governments on the WWW: Japan -- Mexico -- Spain - provided by Gunnar Anzinger.
Internet Resources for Latin America - provided by Molly E. Molloy, New Mexico State University Library.
Global Gateway: World Culture and Resources - provided by the Library of Congress.
J Guide: Stanford Guide to Japan Information Resources - provided by Stanford University.
Prime Minister of Japan - provided by the Cabinet Secretariat of Japan.
Ethnologue - An encyclopedic reference work cataloging the world's known living languages; provided by SIL International
The International Phonetic Alphabet - Provided by the International Phonetic Association
MLA Language Map - Map of languages spoken in the U.S.
AsiaSource includes categories: Arts & Culture, Business & Economics, Policy & Government, and Society & History; provided by the Asia Society
CiNii is a database service that enables searching of information on academic articles published in academic society journals or university research bulletins, or articles included in the National Diet Library's Japanese Periodicals Index Database.
HLAS Online: Handbook of Latin American Studies search extensive bibliography of citations to scholarly publications about Latin America; provided by the Library of Congress
LANIC: Latin American Network Information Center search or browse extensive collection of links about Latin America; provided by the University of Texas at Austin
MLA (Modern Language Association) Citation Style
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (CSUMB Reference Collection: REF LB 2369 .G53 2003).
APA (American Psychological Association) Citation Style
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (CSUMB Reference Collection REF BF 76.7 .P83 2010)
APA Style (APA's web site)
Using APA Format (Purdue U. Online Writing Lab)
Citation Styles Handbook: APA (U. of Illinois)
Writer's Handbook - APA Style (U. of Wisconsin)
Databases with citation formatting
Many of the Library's databases offer automatic citation formatting tools for APA, MLA and other citation styles.
The automatic formatting tools are not always 100% accurate, so check your results carefully. If you are in doubt, compare your results with examples from the most recent version of the appropriate style manual.
CSUMB Library Information Literacy Tutorials
These tutorials are completed by many CSUMB students as part of their lower-division coursework. They may be useful for transfer students or any student needing a refresher.
Choose a topic
Identify relevant search terms
Refine the topic
Use the books and articles search
Perform a keyword search
Evaluate relevance of results
Who writes about U.S. History
The peer review process
Structure of a research article
Select the best database(s) for your topic
Identify search terms and synonyms
Construct and use an effective search strategy
Identify peer-reviewed articles among results
Evaluate credibility, purpose, point of view
Ask a Librarian
Sarah Dahlen is the library's liaison to World Languages & Cultures. Once your senior capstone project has been approved, you may request a one-on-one, in-person consultation with her to explore relevant information resources. Pre-capstone research assistance from a librarian is available in a variety of ways.
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