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History 416: Many lives of Tokyo: Collections of Primary Sources

The Many Lives of Tokyo
Professor: Eiko Maruko Siniawer
Fall 2021

Digitized collections

Digitized collections beyond Williams

You can use Google to locate collections of digitized sources freely available on the web: 

  • Enter keywords for your topic, event, or person
  • Add search terms such as "archives," "digital," or "digitized"
  • Also try search terms related to the type of primary source you would like to find, such as "oral history,"  "transcript," "speech," etc.

Examples of digitized collections: 

Identifying libraries and museums specializing in Japan

Diaries, autobiographies, personal narratives.

Do a Browse Search by Subject in the Williams library search engine (catalog). Search for the stem subject (e.g. Japanese literature) and browse for the sub-subject categories (e.g. Edo period, 1600-1868 -- Translations into English. 

Examples of relevant subject headings / search terms 

You can use the same subjects in Worldcat to broaden your results. 

Literature

Do a Browse Search by Subject in the Williams library search engine (catalog). Search for the stem subject (e.g. Japanese literature) and browse for the sub-subject categories (e.g. Edo period, 1600-1868 -- Translations into English. 

Examples of relevant subject headings: 

You can use the same subjects in Worldcat to broaden your results. 

Films

Documentary Films, Newscasts, Newspapers

Images