Connect easily with the materials needed to study, learn, and conduct research. Libraries across North America and beyond host materials on Japan across a wide range of academic disciplines. Librarians provide research guides highlighting the strengths of these collections, and further enhance access to information with authoritative web sites, databases, and multimedia. The NCC Subject Guides Portal brings students, researchers, and librarians into contact with these invaluable guides.
Resources and annotations on the Subject Guides Portal emphasize ease of access. NCC does not control content on individual research guides. Be aware changes can occur without notice, each page on the guide includes a box for feedback where you can alert NCC to dead links or potential new resources.
The subject guides portal is the result of recommendations made at NCC's Third Decade (3D) Conference, held March, 2010.
*The format for the entries in this guide is being upgraded to the new format below from an older one*
Be aware that each guide, first and foremost, is meant to best represent the needs of the faculty, students, and librarians at the parent institution. You may discover a useful database or reference book that would be very helpful, but these kinds of services are not typically available off site. In this situation you may need to visit the institution or locate another that offers the same materials or services.
In the case of printed books and some database articles, you can often have them brought to your institution via Interlibrary Loan or Document Delivery services. In the case of Interlibrary loan (ILL) the book can be mailed from it's host institution to yours so you may use it. Document Delivery (DD), a digital scan, or materials like journal articles that can be emailed to you as digital images, or copied and sent to you by mail.
Your library likely has a subscription to the database known as WorldCat FirstSearch. If not, there is a publicly accessible version at WorldCat.org. Here you can locate most materials at most libraries in North America. You will need the information from one of these two databases to make a formal ILL/DD request.
You will need to consult with your own library's staff on the specifics of making a request, as each library has different rules and policies related to ILL/DD.
If, based on your search of WorldCat, it turns out the materials are not available in North America you may be able to request books and documents using the Global ILL Framework, an international group of 245 institutions in North America and Japan that share resources.
If you haven't been able to find anything on this guide, NCC recommends the follow alternatives:
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