JA 221 Japanese Skill Maintenance
Interim Interdisciplinary Programs Liaison Librarian
Library Resource Guide
Professor Paul Maruyama, Block 5 (Spring 2011)
- Your Assignment
- Getting Started
- Finding Books
- Finding Journal Articles
- Language Resources
- Research Help
One of your assignments is to make an iMovie. If you don’t have a Mac, Tutt Library has a Mac lab in the North Basement and Mac laptops available for check out at the Circulation Desk. Plus, the CAT Lab also has Macs and student assistants available to help you with your project. All of the computers come equipped with iMovie and Garage Band (audio) software.
Here are some sites that offer tutorials on how to make an iMovie:
- How to Make a Home Movie on Mac Using iMovie (Wondershare)
- How to Make a Movie with iMovie and a Digital Camera (MacInstruct)
- How to Make Movie and Edit Video with iMovie (MAC-DVD.com)
- iMovie: Create an iMovie Project (University of Texas at Austin)
- Like Magic! Easy Editing With iMovie Magic Movie (About.com)
- Make iMovie ’08 Work Your Way (Macworld)
These resources offer copyright-free images and audio that you can use in your iMovie:
- Microsoft has a large gallery of clipart, photos, and sound effects for free use.
- Search Google for podsafe audio, creative commons audio (or music) or royalty free music. The advanced search screen lets you limit by usage rights.
Tutt Library has print and online resources that can enhance your study of Japanese. For instance, encyclopedias can give you succinct, reliable overviews about Japanese history, politics, culture, and art. Here are some places to start, and you can find more books using the Tutt Library TIGER catalog:
A Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Oriental Arts (Reference N7262 .P5)
Biographical Dictionary of Japanese Literature (Reference PL723 .H58)
The Cambridge History of Japan (Reference DS835.C36 1988)
Encyclopedia of Contemporary Japanese Culture (Reference DS822.5 .E516 2002)
Handbook of Japanese Mythology (Reference BL2203 .A86 2003)
Japan Encyclopedia (Reference DS821 .F73 2002)
The fastest way to find books is to search the TIGER catalog by keyword or subject:
When searching, think in broad strokes. You may not find entire books on the specific subject you’re interested in, but if you combine terms with the name of a country, you will have better luck. For more search tips, visit Advanced Keyword Search and Ten TIGER Catalog Tips.
Books about Japanese language and literature are assigned call numbers that begin with PL:
- PL501-699 Japanese language
- PL525.5 History of the language
- PL532.5 Grammar
- PL677.5 Japanese-English character dictionaries
- PL679 English-Japanese dictionaries
- PL700-889 Japanese literature (authors are arranged alphabetically, A-Z, in the following periods)
- PL793-795 Early Edo 1600 – 1788
- PL793.4 Chikamatsu
- PL821-843 Showa period 1926 – 1945
- PL839.A7 Tanizaki
- PL885-889 Local literature
Books about Japanese religion, history, art, and cinema have the following call numbers:
- BL2195-2228 Religion – Japan
- DS801-DS897 History – Japan
- N7350 Japanese Art (History)
- ND1040-1055 Painting
- NE1310-NE1326.5 Prints
- PN1993.5 .J3 Japanese Cinema
Finding Journal Articles
Tutt Library has a variety of journals about Japan (some in paper, some online). For a full list, search Find Journals using japan* as a term and limit the search to title contains. Here’s a sample of some of the journals:
You can also search for journal articles in our Japanese Language and Literature databases.
In addition to our trial subscription to Mango Languages, Tutt Library has dictionaries as well as language self-study books, movies, and music. There’s also a wealth of useful resources online.
Making Your Computer Japanese Capable
Christopher Bolton’s Japanese for Your Mac Aimed at students, teachers, and general users who want to read and write, etc., in Japanese. Includes information on activating Japanese support globally in Mac OS, as well as specific tasks and applications, such as e-mail, web browsing, dictionary software, etc.
Japanese Input on Windows XP Covers how to setup Japanese in Windows XP Pro, including handwritten kanji recognition and making Japanese the default language.
Installing and Typing Japanese on Vista / Windows 7 Visual guide describes how to set region and language options, add a Japanese keyboard, and type in Japanese.
Denshi Jisho Displays Japanese character equivalents with stroke order, sample sentences, Kanji details, and external links.
Kanji Networks Easy-to-navigate etymology dictionary includes a stroke index, list of word families, and daily quiz.
English Japanese Online Dictionary Free dictionary has 10,000 words (fee-based 21,000) plus audio podcasts, crossword puzzles, Japanese pronunciation, and more.
501 Japanese Verbs (Reference PL585 .L3 1998)
Dictionary of Basic Japanese Sentence Patterns (Reference PL619 .C49 2000)
Kanji & Kana: A Handbook and Dictionary of the Japanese Writing System (Reference PL679 .H28)
The New Nelson Japanese-English Character Dictionary (Reference PL679 .H33 1997)
A Reference Grammar of Japanese (Reference PL533 .M28 2004)
Kanji, Hiragana, and Katakana
Japanese Word of the Day Word of the day appears in Kanji, Kana, Romaji, and English.
Kanji Alive (University of Chicago) Tool for helping beginner- and intermediate-level Japanese language learners to read and write kanji.
Kanji in Mangaland (North Basement PL528 .B47 2007)
Kanji Practice (Dartmouth University) Designed to help learners master reading and writing. Each kanji character has a brushstroke image, video clip showing stroke order, and sample sentences with audio clips. Includes print variations and English translations.
Kanji Site Choose from kanji, hiragara, or katakana. Each lesson or “batch” has 30 characters. Click on a character, and you’ll see its meaning, level/grade, and sample uses. Site also has random testing for evaluating your progress.
Mainichi Kanji Japanese character of the day.
Speedanki.com Flashcards for practicing Kanji.
Hirigana and Katakana
Adventures in Japanese (Third Floor Curriculum PL540 .P479 1998)
Hirigana Katakana Game If you beat the clock by picking the pair of hiragana and katakana that share pronunciation, you’ll advance to the next round.
Japanese: The Written Language (North Basement PL528 .J59 2006)
Learn Hirigana-Katakana.com Games for learning and practicing alphabets, numbers, and vocabulary.
Real Kana Practice by selecting characters and typing in the English-language equivalent.
Japanese (About.com) Tour guide Namiko Abe offers resources for learning Japanese that range from lessons and audio files to quizzes and a language blog.
Japanese Language Learning Resources Links to websites for learning Japanese. Categories include Kanji/Hiragana/Katakana, speaking, listening, reading, grammar, and vocabulary.
Japanese Online These simple, easy-to-use lessons show character sentences with their English transliteration for practicing pronunciation. Site also has audio files, vocabulary and grammar lessons, and practice drills.
The Japanese Page This user-friendly site offers lessons, audio ebooks with printed transcripts, quizzes, fun stuff, and community forums.
Learn Japanese A well-structured site that covers the bases for studying Japanese. Among the resources are down-loadable character charts, lessons and reviews (vocabulary, grammar, writing), and songs.
Mango Languages Mango is a language learning program that teaches practical conversation and cultural awareness for several dozen languages. Courses are all online and self-paced. Tutt Library’s trial subscription runs through February 28, 2011.
NHK World These Japanese lessons from the Japan Broadcasting Corporation, which have audio files and pdf textbooks, can be downloaded onto MP3 players.
Nihongo E Na: Portal for Learning Japanese Collection of websites and online tools for learning Japanese. You can search for sites by area of interest, such as grammar, writing, reading, etc.
Tae Kim’s Guide to Learning Japanese This straight-forward guide focuses on Japanese grammar.
Movies and Videos
Tutt Library has Japanese DVDs and videos ranging from classics like Rashomon to the recent hit Shall We Dance. The easiest way to find movies is by searching TIGER using the Find Videos search option, which will also let you limit your results by language.
You can also find Japanese-language videos at these sites:
Crunchy Roll Anime and drama site.
Nico Nico Douga Popular site for sharing videos.
Japanese YouTube Japan’s platform of the video-sharing website.
Music, Podcasts, and Audio Books
Seay Library has music from around the world. Try searching the catalog using japan* as a keyword search. You can also search for international music using the Music Online database, which offers live streaming:
You’ll find more music, podcasts, and audio books at these websites:
iTunes at the Japanese Apple Website Access to music and audio from Japan.
Japanese Real (Audio) Guide Site provides Japanese music and more.
Nihongo.fm Nihongo.fm Radio plays Japanese words, phrases, and expressions for improving listening comprehension, speaking, and vocabulary building.
News and Media
Japan Information Network Covers travel, fashion, entertainment, and anime, with links to news and travel sites.
Japanorama Collection of links to sites for business, government, culture, and more.
Jim Breen’s Japanese Page (Monash University) Huge site of links to everything Japanese. Includes computing in Japan, software, literature, dictionaries, and educational resources, to name a few.
Contact the Reference Desk, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m., x6662, IM=tuttlibrarian
Contact Daryl Alder, Interim Interdisciplinary Programs Librarian, x6669, Tutt Library 201