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North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources
2. Bibliographical & Research Methods
EALL 603J, Bibliographical & Research Methods: Japanese - Library Instruction Session
1:30-2:20 (50 minutes)
Graduate students in Japanese studies and/or who use Japanese sources for their research
Subjects of the Lesson
Identifying types of articles in various periodicals; developing a Japanese language vocabulary that can be used as keywords to search the Nichigai MagazinePlus and NDL Zasshi Kiji Sakuin (Zassaku) online databases; locating and obtaining needed articles effectively.
(note: this lesson addresses SAILS Skill Sets 5-10)
- Students will identify periodicals by type (popular, trade, & scholarly.)
- Students will use online/print English-Japanese dictionaries to develop a list of key concepts in Japanese.
- Students will use online/print Japanese dictionaries to develop a list of key concepts in Japanese.
- Students will log on to the Nichigai Magazineplus and NDL Zasshi Kiji Sakuin (Zassaku) database and search articles effectively by keywords.
- Students will correctly interpret the results.
Students will locate and obtain appropriate articles effectively.
- Understanding major features of different Japanese periodicals.
- Building a list of key words in Japanese,
- Understanding the Magazineplus and its functions using Boolean logic to narrow your search,
- Understanding the Zassaku and its functions and distinguishing different features between Zassaku and Magazineplus,
- Searching by simple keywords
- Refining your search
- Using Boolean logic to narrow your search
- Using truncation to expand your search
- Sorting options
- How to locate and obtain articles through the Library
- Student exercise: in small groups, examine three types of periodicals (scholarly, trade/special interest & popular) (prepared by the instructor). Small group reports: characteristics of each periodical, describe types of articles found in these.
- Class discussion & brief lecture: How these journals differ from each other by using the "taxonomy of periodicals" criteria (prepared by the instructor).
- Guided searching: Using an online/print English-Japanese dictionary, students will search their English terms and develop a list of Japanese terms. Students will record their findings.
- Guided searching: Using an online/print Japanese dictionary, students will develop synonyms and related terms. Students will record their findings.
- Brief lecture: What is Nichigai Magazineplus, how to log on, how it looks like.
- Brief lecture: What is NDL Zassaku, how to log on, how it looks like.
- Discussions and brief lecture: How these two databases look different (students' observations), what are the major differences?, when do you use these databases?
- Guided searching: Using the key words generated in the Part II, students will search Nichigai Magazineplus.
- Guided searching: Using the key words generated in the Part II, students will search NDL Zassaku.
- Discussions: Reporting the findings and interpreting the results.
- Discussions: Reporting the differences of articles by periodical types.
- Brief lecture: Boolean operators (and, or, not), limit by year, how to search by kanji, hiragana, katakana, etc.
- Guided searching: Students will refine their initial search results by applying Boolean operators to their earlier searches and compare results, recording their findings.
- Guided searching: Students will search articles by Yoko Ono. Students will report what they find.
- Discussions: Students will compare the results and discuss the differences of the result.
- Brief lecture: How to obtain the needed articles
- Interpretations of citations
- How to find the journals at UH
- How to fill the document delivery form online
- How to retrieve the articles
- Requesting an article: Student will fill out an online form to request one needed article that UH does not have.
- Wrap up.
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