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Area bibliography of Japan
Koopmans-de Bruijn, Ria, 1955-
Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
xvii, 297 pages ; 23 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
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DS806 .K66 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Provides a general overview of literature relating to Japan and covers a broad range of subject matter, from art, feminism, and linguistics, to corporate culture, history, and medicine. Includes books published since 1980 that are related to the geographical area of Japan and to Japanese culture within that area.

Author Notes

Ria Koopmans-de Bruijn is the East Asian Studies Librarian at the C.V. Starr East Asian Library of Columbia University in New York.

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Choice Review

The most current subject bibliography for Japanese studies, Area Bibliography of Japan includes more than 2,500 unannotated entries to books, emphasizing English-language titles published since 1980. It is arranged by topical headings, created by the author based on her subject and reference experience, which range from very general ("History," "Literature") to very specific ("History--Local--Kyoto," "Literature-Authors--Ueda, Akinari, 1734-1809," "Subcontracting"). Although there are cross-references, casual users may have to exercise ingenuity to locate all materials on a given topic (e.g., there are no cross-references linking the headings "Agriculture" and "Farming"). There is an author index but none for titles, so that works with no author entry (e.g., directories for specialized areas) are lost unless one guesses the correct subject heading. Its lack of annotations and subject indexing make this source essentially a title list much less useful than Frank Joseph Shulman's Japan (CH, Mar'91). Access to online catalogs at libraries with strong subject collections and to WorldCat , more than compensate for the coverage of recent publications this work offers, and these online catalogs will also pick up titles missed or omitted by Koopmans-de Bruijn. Recommended only for comprehensive Japanese studies collections. K. W. Berger Duke University