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EALC 203: Ukiyo-e (HC/BMC): Develop your research even further: Databases and Journal Articles

East Asian Languages and Cultures 203: Ukiyo-e: The Art of Japanese Prints (Schoneveld) Spring 2018

Best Bets

The two journals listed below are both specific to the topic of Ukiyo-e. The first is in English, the second is in Japanese. Take a look!

The following databases provide access to journal articles from many disciplines. I recommend trying out these databases first by conducting a quick search on "Ukiyo-e" ("Ukiyoe") or "Japanese printmaking." See what comes up and then change your search tactics accordingly. 

  • JSTOR Provides full-text and page images from many of the top journals in most academic disciplines. Coverage is from the inception of the journal through three to five years ago.
  • Bibliography of Asian Studies Use the search fields for specifically Asia-related searches. BAS is the most comprehensive Western language resource for research on Asia. 
  • Art Index Offers abstracts of journals, museum bulletins and yearbooks in the fields of art, architecture, decorative arts, and photography.

History journals and indexes

Use the following sources if you want historical background on any given topic. 

  • Historical Abstracts: this index provides abstracts of journal articles, books, book reviews, and dissertations that cover world history from 1450 to the present (excluding US and Canada). 
  • Cambridge History of Japan: Provides political, economic and social history, philosophy and literature of Japan from the prehistoric period through the modern era.  Bryn Mawr has the volumes available online.

Image Sources

If you need high quality images for your papers, be sure to cite where you took your image from. Some reputable places to do so are the following databases, indexes, and reputable websites:

  • TriArte: Arts and Artifacts database of the TriColleges: TriArte features art and artifacts from Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges.
  • ARTstor A digital library that provides access to thousands of digital images derived from a variety of museum, library and archival collections. Images support a variety of disciplines including architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, and design. Register on the site in order to make personal image group folders and download images.
  • CAMIO (Catalog of Art Museum Images Online) is a growing online collection documenting works of art from around the world, representing the collections of prominent museums. CAMIO highlights the creative output of cultures around the world, from prehistoric to contemporary times, and covering the complete range of expressive forms.
  • Japanese Digital Resources: Art : This page from the University of Pennsylvania identifies many websites for images. See in particular the section for databases of prints.

The best way to view the images housed in Bryn Mawr's Special Collections is to head over to Triarte >> Featured Collections >> Bryn Mawr College >> Fine Art >> Asian Art.