There are many helpful readers, guides, and histories on various aspects of Japanese civilization. There are a few examples of these on the Getting Started tab (look to the left). Readers typically have short, encyclopedia entries on various topics with suggested reading lists. Below are a few examples of readers and guides that might provide you with some ideas for further research.
Books assigned in your class
Perhaps one of the readings in your assigned coursework was particularly interesting to you. The following list of books are where those articles or chapters can be found.