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This guide provides search and reference resources for doing research on Japan, for undergraduates primarily working in English. It covers a wide variety of resources, from library catalogs to databases, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other reference sources.
Not all of the resources found in this guide are online. Some important sources of help for research are still found in print. Reference material can be consulted in either the East Asia Seminar Room (fifth floor of Van Pelt Library) or in the general Reference stacks (first floor of Van Pelt Library). Citations are provided here for helpful resources available to you.
If you have questions or need help, please contact Rebecca Mendelson using the contact info in the box at right!
Start here for your searches for material found at Penn, online or in print.
The Penn Libraries site contains useful links not only to catalogs and databases, but also information about borrowing books from other libraries, library hours and information, and group study room reservations.
Franklin is Penn's online library catalog, providing access not just to books but also journals in print and electronically, e-resources, videos, and other media. You can search and also browse by subject, title, author, and call number to virtually "browse" the stacks via the catalog.
This page lists all e-resources owned by Penn, plus other online resources relevant to different subject areas. If you know what resource you're looking for, you can search for it here and link to it directly.
Digital Penn contains thousands of digitized images from Penn's holdings, many from the Kislak Center (rare book and manuscript library).