Tutt Library Research Guides
Routledge handbook of Japanese culture and society (Reference DS 822.5 .R68 2011)
Kodansha Encyclopedia of Japan (Reference DS805 .K633 1983)
The Cambridge History of Japan (Reference DS835.C36 1988)
Encyclopedia of Contemporary Japanese Culture (Reference DS822.5 .E516 2002)
The Anime Encyclopedia (Reference NC1766 .J3 C53 2006)
Handbook of Japanese Mythology (Reference BL2203 .A86 2003)
Japan Encyclopedia (Reference DS821 .F73 2002)
A Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Oriental Arts (Reference N7262 .P5)
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Identifying Your Topic
Choosing and defining a topic to research is often the first challenge you face when starting your research project. Here are some suggestions for defining, refining, developing and a topic. However, if you are having difficulty in identifying a topic, consult with your professor.
Once you have selected a topic to research, you are ready to begin refining your topic, so that it is neither too broad nor too narrow. You want to find enough information, but not too much!
Narrowing Your Topic
A topic that is too broad or vague can be refined by focusing on some specific aspects of the topic.
Example: History of the automobile in the United States
This topic, as stated, is much to broad; you could right an entire book on this! The topic can be limited in a number of ways, such as focusing on a specific:
Developing Your Topic
Having refined your topic, you are now ready to develop it further by looking at some background information. After you have an overview and broad understanding of your topic, it will be easier to pick one aspect to focus on.