Today: McKeldin CLOSED

Introduction to Japanese Collection

The research guide for Japanese Studies is now available. 

The books, e-books, articles and many more items are searchable from the Librarires' main webpage

Includes Jitsu [字通] (Chinese character dictionary), NIKKOKU (Shogakkan Japanese language dictionary online), NIHON REKISHI CHIMEI TAIKEI (Encyclopedia of Japanese historical and geographical names), KOKUSHI DAIJITEN WEB (Encyclopedia of Japanese history), WEB NIHON KINDAI BUNGAKKAN (WEB apanese modern literature), along with all the contents of the Japan Knowledge Classic.  [UMD Access only] [Full-text] 

The 20th Century Media Information Database is an article-level index to the magazines and a portion of the newspapers in the Gordon W. Prange Collection. The publications date from the early years of the Allied Occupation of Japan, 1945 – 1949. [UMD Access only] [Index only] 

This database enables you to search information on academic articles published in academic society journal, suniveristy research bulletins or articles included in the National Diet Library's Japanese Periodicals Index Database. [Full-text and Index]  

This database allows you to search Japanese institutional depositories, for departmental bulletin, thesis, dissertations, and conference papers. [Full-text and Index] 

It is an electronic journal platform for science and technology information in Japan, developed and managed by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). J-Stage offers index as well as full-text access to many journal articles, conference, proceedings and other publications. [Full-text and Index] 

Koseisha Zasshi Kiji Sakuin Shusei Detabesu (Zassaku Plus)

Compiled by the publisher Koseisha, this database indexes Japanese periodical articles for the period of 1868 to the present. It also includes locally published journals from 1948 to the present not indexed by the National Diet Library of Japan. The contents of the Koseisha database are regularly updated. [UMD Access only] [Index only] 

Magazine Plus

Most comprehensive online index to Japanese articles, includes "Zasshi Kiji Sakuin (1948- )," annual reports of academic institutions and research associations, festschriften, collections of scholarly papers, general magazines, business magazines, popular magazines, etc. from over 20,000 journals. [UMD Access only] [Index only] 


Asahi Shinbun articles (1879-present), Aera & Shukan Asahi (1984-present), Chiezo (current issue), Who’s Who, Historical Photo Archive (1931-1945), Asahi Graph (1923-1956), English-language News (2001-present). 

The Hoji Shinbun Digital Collection is currently the world's largest online archive of open-access; full image Japanese American and other overseas Japanese newspapers in Asia and South America. It is administered by the Japanese Diaspora initiative. Hoover institution Library & Archives, Stanford University. [Full-text]  

Nexis Uni provides full-text to news, business, and legal information. Newspapers date back to the 1970s.  It includes: Japan company Handbook, Japan Corporate News Network (JCNN), Japan Economic Foundation, Japan Economic Newswire, Japan Government News, The Japan News, the Japan Times, Japanese Business Digest, Japanese World, and Nikkei Asian Review. [UMD Access only] [Full-text] 

Government Resources

The Diplomatic Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs collects, classifies, and preserves Japan’s diplomatic records and makes them available to the public for perusal.  [Index only]  

JACAR is a digital archive of Asian historical records.  JACAR has built and operates an online database for releasing Asian historical records, that are historical documents of Japan concerning to the modern Japanese relations with other countries, particularly those in Asia. The documents of the archive are provided by the National Archives of Japan, the Diplomatic Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, and the National Institute for Defense Studies of the Ministry of Defense of Japan.  [Full-text and Index]  

National Archives of Japan preserves government documents and records of importance. [Full-text and Index]  ​

The NDL Digital Collections enables a user to search and view a variety of resources, collected and stored by the National Diet Library of Japan.  The Digital Collections includes Official Gazette (官報) of the Japanese Government.  Japanese official gazettes are included in this collection from the first issue published on July 2, 1883 to the issue of April 30, 1952 (gazettes published in later years are available in インターネット版 官報). English edition of Official Gazette was published only during the Occupation of Japan period (1946-1952). [Full-text and Index]  

Japanese language materials in East Asia Collection are cataloged using the Modified Hepburn System. The standard dictionary for this system is: Kenkyusha's New Japanese-English Dictionary (PL679.K4, located in the Japanese Reference Book shelves in the East Asia Collection's Reading Room). Since catalog does not have capability to display vernacular characters, user must use a query in romanized (transliterated) form. When entering a query, diacritics, such as macron for long vowel (-) and alif for syllabic nasal (') [e.g. Man'y sh] should not be included since catalog will ignore them. Also, catalog is not case sensitive, so capitalization of proper noun, etc. is unnecessary.

When dealing with romanization in Japanese language, one must be aware of problems of word division. For example, the book "日本にとってアメリカとは何か" will be "Nihon ni totte Amerika towa nani ka" in transliteration. Since titles are arranged by word alphabetically in catalog, a title rendered into different forms will appear in two places in the alphabetical sequence.

e.g. Dai hyakka jiten vs Daihyakka jiten 大百科事典

e.g. Otogi-zoshi vs Otogi soshi 御伽草子

e.g. Nihon shi 日本史 vs Keizaishi 経済史 (*Generally the word after proper noun is separated.)

Thus, it is sometimes necessary to try various ways of dividing words in catalog searching.

Search on Catalog

  1. Keyword: Search by words and dates in titles, subject headings and other parts of the catalog record.
    Ex: Sensō:戦争; Sekinin:責任; 21-seiki:21世紀.
  2. Name/Author: Search by persons or organizations as author, editor or subject.
    Ex: Yosa Buson:与謝蕪村; Minakami Tsutomu: 水上勉.
  3. Call Number: Search by call numbers.
    Ex: DS889.16 (Japanese history - Allied Occupation period,1945-1952 日本占領期史)