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Japanese Language and Culture: Search Strategies: Tips and Tricks for Using Search@UW and UWM Library Journal Databases

Library and other resources for the study of Japanese Language and Culture

Using Search@UW to Find Books Written in Foreign Languages

For example: You'd like to find books in Spanish about Pablo Picasso to check out from the UWM Libraries and request from other UW-System Libraries. 

  1. Start by doing an Advanced Search for UW-System books 
  2. Enter your keywords in the "Any Field" box (in this case: Pablo Picasso)
  3. Use the "Language Drop-Down" menu to select Spanish

This first results list includes:

  • Translations of books that were originally written in Spanish and are now translated into English or another foreign language
  • Books with Spanish and (usually) English side-by-side translations
  • Books written in Spanish​

To further refine your search to include only untranslated books (i.e., books in Spanish):

  1. You must "Exclude" other languages
  2. The final results list includes only books written in Spanish that are available at the UWM Libraries and other UW-System Libraries

Finding E-Books and Journal Articles

NOTE: Not all e-book content is accessible via Search@UW. Sometimes it's a good idea to search the library's individual e-book and databases separately. Following are some of the database collections that either contain e-books and/or journal articles about Japan or aspects of Japanese culture. Try limiting to Japanese within these databases; most have this option. The journal articles and e-books you find might be in Japanese and many will point to Japanese resources within their individual bibliographies.