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JAPN 142 Japanese Culture: Websites and Online Videos

Google Advanced Search

 Google Advanced Search

  Find websites that are more relevant to your needs by using the advanced search features in Google

Example scenario:

You are researching how stem cells from human embryos might help cure neurological diseases, especially Parkinson's disease

As outlined in the example search in the image below, you can use the following advanced search limiters are used and why:

  • Limiter: this exact word or phrase
    • this will wrap whatever words you place into the box in quotation marks  - that will limit the results to websites with this exact phrase
  • Limiter: any of these words
    •  By putting in "neural disease" OR "Parkinson's disease" - your search will show you websites that refer to either neural disease OR specifically to Parkinson's disease (a type of neural disease). This broadens your search
  • Limiter: none of these words
    • Use this limiter by putting in a term or phrase that you do not want to see on any of the websites. The example word of cloning will not show up in your results about stem cells.
  • Limiter: site or domain
    • And since you hope to find good, authoritative websites that have content that have been thoroughly researched, limit your results to government (.gov) websites

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screenshot of the advanced search options in Google, as outlined in the text after the image

Viki's "Learn Mode" (Chinese, Japanese, Korean)

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The streaming service "Viki" (Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and other Asian TV & films) offers a built in "Learn Mode" that lets viewers see subtitles for their programs in two languages side-by-side.

Note - requires setting up a (free) personal log in with Viki to watch shows and films. (The service has both a free (ad supported) and "Viki Plus" (subscription) tiers.)   

Finding Video


  • Tip for finding useful videos:
    Search for your topic / subject by name AND include one of the following words--
     news, interview,"vlog".

When searching YouTube for Japanese culture videos, be aware you'll locate items from a variety of perspectives. Think about what you need and what would be a good or reasonable "authority" for your research:

Example 1: Canadian "vloggers" living in Japan ("What is a Japanese Summer Festival Like?")

Example 2: Asking Japanese people about... (in English) ("How addicted are you to your smartphone?")

Example 3: A two-culture "vlogging" pair ("Japanese Internet Slang" -- Rachel is from the US; Jun is from Japan; their videos alternate perspectives between "what Japanese people don't realize about the US" and "what Americans don't realize about Japan")

Learn a New Language with Streaming Video (Chrome extensions)

Netflix + Chrome extensions

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YouTube + Chrome extensions

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