Mechademia is an journal on anime and manga (Full-text available in Project MUSE)
"Mechademia: An Annual Forum for Anime, Manga and the Fan Arts. Mechademia’s subject area extends from manga and anime to game design, fashion, graphics, packaging, and toy industries, as well as a broad range of fan practices related to popular culture in Japan. We are interested in how the academic and fan communities can provide new possibilities for critical thinking and popular writing. Mechademia appears annually, published by University of Minnesota Press."
Academic Search Premier is a good place to start your search for wide range of subjects. You can enter keywords (i.e. manga) and Japan to search scholarly or magazine articles on Japan. Alternatively, type keywords and Japan, then select "Geographic Terms" from the pull-down menu.
Here's what results for search on "Hello Kitty" looks like.
Manga - LibraryWiki, created by Ohio State University Libraries provides useful links and tips for manga research. Excellent resource when starting academic research on manga. While information on books are written for Ohio State University Library users, U of I students can search our library catalog to see if we have the book.
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Duke University Libraries: Japanese Studies, a guide for undergraduate studies provides links and tips on searching books on manga among other resources for undergraduate students. Click on the Manga tab.
|Names:||Kelly, William W.|
|Published:||Albany, NY : State University of New York Press, 2004.|
|Series:||SUNY series in Japan in transition|
|Topics:||Popular culture - Japan - History - 20th century.|
|Call Number:||306.0952 F216
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