Books, particularly focused on background material, can help you define and refine your research topic. Encyclopedias are an excellent place to begin your research. Most encyclopedias are located on level 2 of the High Library and cannot be checked out. Books located on levels 1,3 and 4 are able to be checked out.
Nippon Collection is a collection of books from the Nippon Foundation devoted exclusively to topics of historical and contemporary Japan.
Books Beyond Etown are resources accessible through the WorldCat database via Interlibrary Loan, various Internet open access projects and E-Book collections.