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Germany and Japan : Losers of World War II: Start Here

Comparative Politics : Germany and Japan

Selected Books from Worldcat@SU

Interdisciplinary Searching

Because these are topics that cross multiple disciplines or explore problems from multiple disciplinary perspectives, I have listed databases in the  social sciences, feminist studies, economics and business and more.  Though academic journal articles covering these issues can be found in resources from virtually all subject areas,  the databases (general and specialized) below are some of the best places to start for your topic(s), beginning with WorldCat@SU.

How to...

 WorldCat@SU is the library's online catalog. Use it to identify printed and electronic books that we own as well as videos, CD's, DVD's, and more. A search by title in the online catalog yields over many titles on alternative medicine.  If you find an item that we don't own that you need for your research, use Get it! and we will get the item from a library that does own it. 

 A few examples of select subject headings relevant to this class are below. Each is a live link directly into the online catalog. Always ask a librarian for help if you are not finding what you need--it may simply be a matter of using the right vocabulary.

Many of the subject headings listed below may also work in the  listed databases as keyword searches. Every database develops its own list of subjects to use. Do a keyword search and compare your results with the subject headings (also called descriptors) in the records you find. They might provide you with better ways to do your search again.

Subject Headings --  Germany

Subject Headings -- Japan

Capitalism Germany

Citizenship Germany

Climatic changes Government policy Germany

Democracy Germany Congresses

Comparative government

Economic development Germany (West) History 20th century

Elections Germany

Energy policy Germany

Environmental policy Germany Case studies

Germany Emigration and immigration Government policy History 21st century

Germany Economic conditions 1990

Germany Ethnic relations

Germany Foreign relations 1990

Germany Politics and government 20th century

Germany--Politics and Government--1945-1990

Germany Politics and government 1990

Germany--Social Conditions--20th Century 

Germany Reunification Question (1949-1990) 

Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Moral and ethical aspects.

Labor policy Germany

Political parties Germany (West)

Proportional representation Germany

Representative government and representation Cross-cultural studies

Reconstruction (1939-1951) Germany 

Representative government and representation Germany

Social stability Asia

West Germany Political parties, 1945-1985

Women Germany History 20th century

Women Political activity Germany

Women Political activity European Union countries

Work and family Germany


Business cycles Asia

Capitalism Japan

Climatic changes Government policy Japan

Aging Economic aspects Asia

Comparative government

Democracy Japan Congresses

Economic development Japan

Environmental policy Japan Case studies

Finance Japan

Financial crises Asia

Foreign workers Japan

Immigrants Government policy Japan

Japan Economic conditions 1989

Japan Ethnic relations

Japan Politics and government 1945

Japan Politics and government 1989- 

Japan--Social Conditions--1945- 

Labor policy Japan

National security Japan

Nuclear Energy--Government Policy--Japan 

Nuclear power plants Government policy Europe

Political culture Japan.

Political parties Japan

Representative government and representation Japan

Sex discrimination against women Japan

Sex role in the work environment Japan

Women's rights Japan

Women Employment Japan 

Women Political activity Cross-cultural studies

Women Political activity Developed countries

Women Japan Economic conditions 

Women Political activity Japan

Work and family Japan


Use WorldCat@SU 

The quickest way to find the article is to type the full title in the single search box on the library homepage.  WorldCat@SU will search multiple databases at the same time, presenting you with the article title.  

Find Specific Journal title The Find the Journal by Title TAB allows you to search for full-text journals, as well as browse for titles by disciplines.  Type the title of the journal in the search box, then look down the results page until you locate the correct title.  For example, Journal of Contemporary Asia, THE Journal of Japanese Studies, The Journal of Comparative Politics, German Politics and Society.  Now you will  see links to databases which contain full-text articles.
Search database to find the full-text article Once you have located an article via searching a library database, check to see if there is a link to a PDF full-text or HTML page with full-text.  You can also check the WorldCat@SU to see if the journal is available in print.  If the article in not online AND the journal is not available in print, then use GET IT!

Use GET IT! 


If articles is not available at Smith Library Center, you have another option to getting it.  Use GET IT, our interlibrary loan service.  You will need to set up an account the first time you use it and log in thereafter.

General Multidisciplinary

Sociology Health/Global Health Political Science Feminist Studies Economics/Business Newspaper Sources

Academic Search Complete




University of Chicago Journals

Project Muse

(any topic can be searched)

Academic Search Complete

SocioIndex with Full Text 


eBook (digital books) collection

Example: parental leave policies or entitlements

Academic Search Complete


Medline Database

Example: health care system

Pregnancy care in Germany and Japan

Academic Search Complete

Political Science Complete



Example: electoral systems and women's representation or paths to citizenship

female's representation across levels of government

Academic Search Complete


Women's Studies International


Example: Gender pay wage gap.

Academic Search Complete

Business Source Complete

Business Abstracts with Full Text


Example: Unemployment in the great recession Germany/Japan

Behind Japan's success

Causes of economic slowdown

The New York Times


Newspaper Source Plus

Web New

The Local (Germany)

Japan Times




Another way to find articles is to use a database  You are able to draw on many field of study to investigate this topic.

WorldCat@SU only finds a fraction of the articles available through our databases. Databases allow you to search specifically for articles. Not only do databases find more articles, they provide more precise search tools than WorldCat, yielding better results.

  • Academic Search Complete is a collection of thousands of credible, scholarly full-text journals covering nearly all academic areas of study, including peer-reviewed journals. One hundred of the journals go back to 1975 or earlier.  A great place to start your research.  Tip #1: View an article's full record to read the abstract, or summary, and quickly decide if it is useful for your research.  Tip #2: Use the subject links from the full record to find additional articles.
  • Business Abstracts with Full Text contains full text articles for publications dating back to 1982.
  • Business Source Complete a large collection of scholarly business journals, industry magazines, industry & market reports, and other business information resources.
  • GenderWatch. This is a database of unique and diverse publications that focus on how gender impacts a broad spectrum of subject areas. 
  • EconLit   published by the American Economic Association, provides bibliographic coverage of a wide range of economics-related literature.
  • Google Scholar.  Google Scholar is a free academic search engine that specifically searches scholarly literature and academic resources.  We have configure Google Scholar to offer links back to articles you can get through Southwestern Library.
  • J-STAGE. Access full-text academic articles: J-STAGE is an online platform for Japanese academic journals. Japanese and English journals provided.
  • JSTOR.  JSTOR is a multidisciplinary archive collection of credible academic/scholarly journals and books in the social sciences, humanities and sciences.  For example, A New Political Era in Japan: The 1993 Elections or Japan and Germany, American Concerns.
  • MEDLINE via Ebsco.  Citations to journals on medicine, nursing, dentistry and veterinary medicine.  PUBMED is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of  Medicine.
  • New York Times.  News about Japan and Germany, including commentary and news articles from The New York Times.
  • Political Science Abstracts.  Provides non-evaluative abstracts of articles in the field of political science published in journals around the world.  For example,  Visible Minority Women in German Politics: Between Discrimination and Targeted Recruitment
  • Newspaper Source Plus. Full text news content in 1,200 newspapers. For example, What are the chances of a first female PM in Japan?
  • SocioINDEX with full text covers sociological research areas such as gender studies, political sociology, social psychology,  socio-cultural sociology, anthropology, etc.
  • The Local is the largest English-language news network in Europe. All the breaking news from Germany, in English.
  • University of Chicago Press.  Journals published by the University of Chicago Press.  
  • Web News provides near real-time access to thousands of top news feeds from around the globe. These feeds are monitored by EBSCO and relevant results are provided when users enter searches.  This collection includes over 5,000 feeds across a range of business and general news topics.

Note:  Always review the references cited by the authors in the footnotes, endnotes, or a bibliography to locate related research on your topic.



Research isn't complete until you correctly cite all your sources. Provide a complete citation to credit the authors / creators of sources you used, and to let your paper's reader locate and verify these sources. Professor Gaunder requires you to use Turabian style for this course. 

Turabian Quick Guide covers the basics of Turabian formatting and style. For the most complete information, use the Manual, available in the Research Commons and on Reserve.