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Tutor profile: Brad A.

Brad A.
Reference Librarian and Proofreader

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Subject: Japanese

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Question:

What is the best resource for finding Japanese-language resources for my research project?

Brad A.
Answer:

The best source for this is CiNii, which houses research that has been published in Japan. If your institution subscribes to some of the journals in that database, you should be able to access the articles. Google Scholar is also particularly helpful, as you can also search for topics in the Japanese language. Wikipedia's Japanese page can also give you some useful resources if you look at the sources that the article cites!

Subject: Writing

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Question:

For in-text quotations in APA, I know that we are supposed to cite the page number, but my source doesn't use page numbers. What should I do?

Brad A.
Answer:

In this case, you would use the paragraph numbers instead of the page number. For example, "According to Dickens (1859), 'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times' (para. 1)."

Subject: Library and Information Science

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Question:

How do I decide which databases to search for my research paper on the Japanese history textbook controversy? There are so many databases to choose from!

Brad A.
Answer:

This is a good question! For a topic like this, the databases I highly recommend are Academic Search Complete and Google Scholar. Both of these databases are very useful for general humanities and social science research. When you are using them, be sure to narrow down your search terms to weed out sources that are not relevant to your topic. Also, check Google Books to find any volumes that have been published on this topic!

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