Honors Comparative Literature: 11th century Heian Culture, Japan

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  • Books on Reserve at the Circulation Desk (SIGN OUT FOR USE IN LIBRARY ONLY for duration of assignment)
    • Cambridge history of Japan, v. 2. Heian Japan / edited by Donald H. Shively and William H. McCullough 
    • Early Japan / Jonathan Norton Leonard
    • History of Japan to 1334 / George Sansom
    • Japan: a short cultural history / G. B. Sansom
    • Japanese culture / H. Paul Varley

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    • Britannica Academic includes links to recommended websites.
    • SweetSearch: a Search Engine for Students searches only credible websites approved by research experts.
    • Google Advanced Search
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