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HIST 24706: Edo/Tokyo: Society and the City in Japan (Spring 2017)

A research guide for Professor Burns' course.

Guides to Other Primary Sources


Finding Primary Sources

The following terms are found in the subject headings of records for published primary sources.

  • sources
  • diaries
  • correspondence
  • interviews
  • personal narratives 
  • pamphlets
  • oral history
  • writings
  • maps
  • caricatures and cartoons
  • pictorial works
  • exhibitions

Examples of Catalog Searches

In the Library catalog, use the BROWSE search and SUBJECT index (from the drop-down menu):

  • Japan--History-- Sources
  • Women -- Japan -- Biography
    ***This heading includes letters, memoirs and other autobiographical accounts written by women.
  • Japanese Diaries--Women Authors
  • Travelers' writings, Japanese
  • Japan -- Description and Travel
  • Japan --Social Life and Customs--Pictorial Works
  • Japan -- Politics and Government -- Sources
  • Japan -- Foreign relations -- United States -- Sources


  • women japan memoirs
  • women travel japan
  • yoshiwara and date range limit  (use advanced search screen)