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Japan | Professor Porges-West: Research Help

Database Quick Tips

Quick Tips

Accessing the MDC Databases

  • Access the databases available through MDC by selecting More Databases on the MDC Learning Resources Library webpage.
  • Search the databases by subject.
  • Try different keywords and add more than one in order to narrow down or focus the results.
  • Be sure to add the following filters to your searches, Full Text and Scholarly or Peer Reviewed when applicable.

Logging In

  • MDC Username (i.e. John.Doe001)
  • MDC Account Password (same as your MDC Student Portal and Blackboard password)

Useful Tools

  • Take advantage of tools such as:

    • E-mail to send articles to yourself so as not to loose them.

    • Cite will generate a citation for the article in a variety of styles, including APA. Simply copy and paste into your References.

Keywords to get you started


Japan AND History

Japan AND Culture

Japan AND Politics

Japan AND LibGuide

Japanese-American AND Cultural Diversity

*Tip: Use synonyms when possible and see the different results you get.

Suggested Project Topics

Japanese Food

Japanese Film & Anime

Japanese Immigration to the United States

Health Status Among Japanese 

Japanese Art & Ceramics

Japanese Gardens

Japanese History

Japanese Industries

Women in Japan

Sumo Wrestling

Conducting Research: Purdue OWL

Link to Purdue OWL Research Link

How to Search the MDC Catalog

How to Access MDC Databases

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