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Japanese Research and Bibliographic Methods is an information literacy course created by Professor Susanna Fessler of the University at Albany. The curriculum introduces students to the processes of locating, assessing, and using information resources in the context of Japanese studies. Designed for undergraduates, the class has been created with the expectation that students will have completed at least one year of Japanese language study.
The first half of the course (lessons 1-12) focuses on using libraries and reference tools in Japanese studies. These include navigating databases, using kanji dictionaries, understanding different systems of Romanization, and correctly using bilingual citations.
The second half of the course (lessons 13-25) focuses on constructing a thesis, writing for a scholarly audience, and research within specific disciplines central to the field of Japanese studies. Students apply the knowledge gained in class to create an annotated bibliography as their final project. For many undergraduates this course is the first time they have been expected to apply their language skills to conducting research in Japanese.
Fessler, Susanna, Anthony DeBlasi, and Adam H Lisbon. “Japanese Studies Information Literacy for Undergrads.” North American Coordinating Council for Japanese Library Resource. February 2020. Web.
Fessler, S., DeBlasi, A., & Lisbon, A.H. (2020, February). Japanese Studies Information Literacy for Undergrads. North American Coordinating Council for Japanese Library Resources. Retrieved from http://guides.nccjapan.org/infolitforundergrads
Fessler, Susanna, Anthony DeBlasi, and Adam H Lisbon. “Japanese Studies Information Literacy for Undergrads.” North American Coordinating Council for Japanese Library Resources. February 2020. http://guides.nccjapan.org/infolitforundergrads.