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History of Modern Japan



Journal Articles

  • Historical Abstracts (1955-)
    Available online.  An annotated research index to the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present.  Includes references to journal articles, book reviews and dissertations.
  • America: History & Life (1964-)
    Available online. An annotated research index to the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. Includes references to journal articles, dissertations, and book and media reviews.
  • Humanities Full Text
    Available online. Indexes and abstracts articles in more than 300 periodicals in archaeology, art , classics, film, folklore, journalism, linguistics, music, the performing arts, philosophy, religion, world history and world literature.
  • Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective (1907-1984)
    Available online. A bibliographic database that cites articles from English-language periodicals. Periodical coverage includes some of the best-known scholarly journals and numerous lesser-known but important specialized magazines. Coverage includes a wide range of interdisciplinary fields covered in a broad array of humanities and social sciences journals.
  • Arts & Humanities Search
    Available online. Citation index to articles in more than 1,300 of the world's leading arts and humanities journals. Includes cited references for all entries as well as a cited author and cited work search feature.
  • PAIS International (1915-)
    Covers global public policy and social issues. Indexes periodical articles, books, hearings, reports, gray literature, government publications, and other English-language materials published around the world..


Book Reviews

Please note that the indexes listed under Journal Articles all include book reviews and that you can limit your searches to book reviews only.

Selected Primary Resources

Newspapers and Magazines

  • New York Times Historical (1851-)
    Archive of the entire historical run of The New York Times. Complete coverage from 1851 to the present with the exception of the most current two years. Includes classified ads, comics and cartoons, photos, maps, graphics, etc., editorials and commentary.
  • The Times Archives (1785-1985)
    Archive of the entire historical run of the London Times. The entire newspaper is captured, with all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photos divided into categories to facilitate searching.
  • Readers' Guide Retrospective (1890-1982)
    Provides citations to the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States and reflects the history of 20th century America..
  • American Periodicals Series Online (1741-1941)
    200 years of American history as recorded in magazines, journals and newspapers.  Covers the fields of religion, science, political science, history as well as related disciplines. 
  • British Periodicals Collection I
    The database consists of more than 160 journals spanning the late 17th through early 20th centuries, and covering a range of topics such as literature, philosophy, history, science, the fine arts and the social sciences.
  • OpinionArchives
    Provides an accessible and invaluable source of information of electronic archives to leading journals of opinion. Search the full text of Harpers Magazine, The New Republic, The Nation, Commentary, Scientific American, NACLA, Commonweal, American Spectator, National Review and The New York Review of Books.
    Note: The full text links in this database only work on campus. You can access The Nation, The New Republic and The National Review through the Historical Abstracts interface via the Choose Database link to access the full text from off-campus locations. Likewise you can access the full text of Harper's and the New Yorker through the Library's catalog from off campus. Please ask for assistance if you encounter any problems.
  • Philadelphis Inquirer (1981-)
    Contains the complete text of articles covered beginning with 1981.
    An online archive of the years 1860-1920 of the Philadelphia Inquirer is available through America's Historical Newspapers, 1690-1922. All other years are available on microfilm only.
  • Japan Focus
    An Asia Pacific e-Journal
  • The Japan Times Online (English edition)
  • The Asahi-Shimbun - English edition
  • Daily Yomiuri Online - English edition
  • Mainichi Daily News - English edition

Maps and Images

  • Maps of Japan, contemporary and historical
    from the Perry Castaneda Library at the University of Texas
  • Japanese Historical Maps
    from the East Asian Library at the University of California at Berkeley
  • Old photos dating from the mid to late 19th century
    from the Nagasaki University Library Collection

Selected Web Sites

Style Guides

Citation Software

  • Refworks
    Never type a bibliography again! RefWorks will help you easily gather, manage, and store bibliographic citations for all types of information, as well as generate footnotes and bibliographies.
  • EndNote
    EndNote is a database program for managing bibliographic citations. It can automate much of the work of organizing and formatting citations and bibliographies in your writing. EndNote can be used to manage data downloaded from Falvey Library's subscription databases and to format papers, dissertations, and other types of writing according to  over 1,000 different bibliographic styles.
jseibert Jutta Seibert
Director of Academic Integration
Falvey Library, Villanova University
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Villanova , PA , 19085
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Jutta Seibert is the subject librarian for History and is available for research consultations, instruction, curricular support & purchase requests.


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