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Hello H/A. I usually don't post here but I am in a bit of a quandary at the moment. I am looking to go to graduate school this next year. I applied to two programs last year but did not get in. I am not to worried, the programs I applied to were very popular and I must admit I didn't put the time or energy I should of into my application since I was doing it from Japan while teaching at the same time. Right now due to health reasons I have a large amount of free time and want to try my hand at the process again. I know I should also expand my search but find it kind of hard to figure out which programs to look for.
I am going for my MA/PHD in Japanese history with a focus on the Meiji Era. Probably working on the rise of Japanese labor and the industrialization that happened during that time period. Though I have a lot of interest in working with language history, too.
So my main questions are:
What are good resources to do research on different graduate programs?
Should invest in a few of the books about college/graduate programs from like Amazon.com?
What are some are some good resources to compare one program to another so I make sure I am applying to the correct programs?
I am planning on applying to 5 to 6 programs this year since I have both the time and knowledge from my application process last year. I already have my recommendation letter writers and such lined just looking for the schools themselves now. Thank you for any help and advice you guys can give me.