PA 250/JA 250: Opening of Japan and the Demise of the Samurai
Interim Interdisciplinary Programs Liaison Librarian
- Is This a Scholarly Source?
- Finding Books
- Finding Journal Articles
- Finding Journal Articles in Subject Specific Databases
- Finding Full-Text Versions of Articles
- Citing Your Sources
- Additional Assistance
What about Wikipedia?
Is This a Scholarly Source?
Many of the Tutt Library databases index only scholarly (i.e., peer-reviewed) journal articles. However, some databases also include articles from popular magazines. You may be able to limit your search results to scholarly articles if the database you’re using offers this option.
To learn more about how to tell the the difference between scholarly and popular journals, take a look at the Vodka Ad Test.
- Vodka Ad Test from Colorado College Tutt Library
- Critically Analyzing Information Sources from Cornell University Libraries
1. Search TIGER Catalog using WORD search to find books in Tutt Library.
Try searching japan* AND perry*.
Try searching as a SUBJECT search:
- Japan History 19th Century
- Japan History 1868-
- Japan History 1787-1868
- Japan History Meiji Period 1868-1912
- Japan History Restoration 1853-1870
- Japan History To 1868
- Japan History Tokugawa Period 1600-1868
2. Search Prospector using WORD search to get books from other Colorado libraries.
You can also use the Prospector button in the TIGER Catalog. Materials usually arrive in three to five business days.
3. Borrow materials from UCCS library.
You can check out up to four items with your Colorado College Gold Card.
Finding Journal Articles
Finding Journal Articles in Subject Specific Databases
Try searching a subject-specific database from Article and Information Databases by Subject for articles within an individual discipline. For instance, you can go to the Political Science Article and Information Databases, select Social Sciences Abstracts , and then search for the topic japan* and foreign policy.
Finding Full Text Versions of Articles
When searching article indexing databases, sometimes the full text of the article you need is not provided to you by the database. Or you have identified a citation in a bibliography or footnote and need to find the full text. There are two ways of finding the full text of any article that you need.
1. Check Find Journals to see if Tutt Library subscribes to an electronic version of your journal or magazine or if we own databases which may have your article in full text. Find Journals a.k.a Tutt Link is available next to the citations in most of our databases and in GoogleScholar.
2. Request an ILLiad/Interlibrary Loan of your article directly from your database (use button or hotlink) or log into ILLiad and fill out an Interlibrary Loan Request Form. (Articles can come in as few as 24-48 hours.) You must be registered with ILLiad for either method to work – see First Time User Registration for Interlibrary Loan.
Citing Your Sources
Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA handbook for writers of research papers: New York : MLA, 2003.
PE1478 .M57 2003 (Four locations: 1st Floor North-Ref Desk; 1st Floor North-Reference; Permanent Reserves at the Circulation Desk; and Tutt North Basement)
- Contact Reference Desk, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m., x6662, IM=tuttlibrarian
Contact Daryl Alder, Interim Interdisciplinary Programs Librarian, x6669, Tutt Library 201