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User guide for JapanKnowledge+

About JapanKnowledge+

JapanKnowledge+ is an electronic collection of encyclopedias and dictionaries, with smaller collections of news and articles from select Japanese journals, select electronic books and web contents, and audiovisual libraries. Contents are cross-searchable using the One Look search box. 

The database is available at for computers with University of Illinois IP addresses (i.e. for on-campus access). Use library's proxy authentication for off-campus access by following the link below (UIUC NetID login will be required).

This LibGuide provides a quick guide for navigating the search interface of JapanKnowledge+ for students and scholars. The "Basic Search" tab includes a brief guide to resources available in English, Chinese and Korean.

Key Contents

Key encyclopedia and dictionary titles covered by JapanKnowledge+ include:


  • 国史大辞典 = Encyclopedia of Japanese History
  • 江戸名所図会 = Edo Meisho Zue (Famous Places in Edo)

People and Culture

  • 日本人名大辞典 = The Biographical Dictionary of Japan
  • 日本人物文献目録 = Bibliography of Japanese Biographies
  • 新版 能・狂言事典 = The Noh and Kyogen Dictionary: New Edition
  • 新版 歌舞伎事典 = The Kabuki Dictionary: New Edition

Multi-language Dictionary

  • ランダムハウス英和大辞典 = Shogakukan Random House English-Japanese Dictionary
  • ポケットプログレッシブ中日・日中辞典 = Pocket Progressive Chinese-Japanese/Japanese-Chinese Dictionary
  • ポケットプログレッシブ韓日・日韓辞典 = Pocket Progressive Korean-Japanese/Japanese-Korean Dictionary

Japanese-Japanese Dictionary

  • 日本国語大辞典 = Shogakukan Unabridged Dictionary of the Japanese Language
  • デジタル大辞泉 = Digital Dai-ji-sen Japanese Dictionary
  • 情報・知識 imidas(イミダス)  = Innovative Multi-Information Dictionary, Annual Series
  • 現代用語の基礎知識 = Encyclopedia of contemporary words


  • 日本大百科全書 (ニッポニカ) = Complete Japanese Encyclopedia (Encyclopedia Nipponica)
  • ニッポニカ・プラス = Nipponica Plus

And this may come in handy if you are planning a visit to Japan...

  • 平成ニッポン生活便利帳 = Useful Information for Life in Japan in the Heisei Era


See the Contents page of this LibGuide for full listing. 

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