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Library Catalogs and Databases for Japanese Materials: Databases

Lists of useful references to find books, databases and articles


The detailed, full list of over 28 fee-based and open access databases for Japanese studies is available HERE.  Below are some of the major databases available through the library or open access.

Digital Collections Guide for Asia (newspapers and periodicals) is available HERE


Magazines and Journal Articles

English Language

Bibliography of Asian Studies

This on-line version of the Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS) contains 787,165 records on all subjects (especially in the humanities and the social sciences) pertaining to East, Southeast, and South Asia published worldwide from 1971 to the present… In addition to entries compiled since 1997, the online BAS includes the full data of all of the printed volumes of the BAS issued from the 1971 up to the 1991 volumes (published in 1997)… Through the 1991 printed volume, the BAS included citations to Western-language periodical articles, monographs, chapters in edited volumes, conference proceedings, anthologies, and Festschriften, etc. Monographs published since 1992, however, have not been added to the database, and users seeking such monographs are urged to consult other general resources and databases such as WorldCat…

Historical Abstracts

Covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present, including world history, military history, women’s history, history of education, and more. Provides indexing of more than 1,700 academic historical journals in over 40 languages back to 1955.
JSTOR provides access to over 12 million journal articles, books, and primary sources in multiple disciplines.  The database contains many journals focused on Japanese and Asian Studies.

Project Muse

Full-text articles from more than 200 scholarly journals in history and the humanities, the social sciences, and the sciences. Disciplines covered include literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics, and many others.
Japanese Language

Index to periodical articles published in Japanese, including those in former Japanese colonies, and including local periodicals not present in many other indexes. Coverage is from 1868 onwards. Merges data from various composite periodical indexes by Kokuritsu Kokkai Toshokan.


Indexes 14,000 periodicals published in Japan after World War II and 6000 volumes of collected works. Periodicals include scholarly titles from the National Diet Library’s Zasshi kiji sakuin, 1975- ; popular magazines indexed in Jānaru indekkesu, 1981- ; 1300 Japanese economic and business magazines, 1981-1995; and 60 overseas business magazines, 1984- . Areas covered include the humanities, social sciences, and science and technology. The Gakkai nenpō ronbunshū file indexes articles in university annuals in the social sciences and humanities, essays in commemorative works, conference papers, and books published by research organizations, 1945-1992; and annuals, research reports and books published by scholarly associations, 1945-1995

CiNii Articles

For searching academic articles published in academic society journals, university research bulletins or articles included in National Diet Library’s Japanese Periodicals Index Database

NDL-OPAC Articles

Search articles and news by selecting the 記事.論文 tab.

University of Tokyo, Doctoral Dissertation Database (東京大学学位論文データベース)

Database of bibliographies and abstracts of doctoral theses granted by the University of Tokyo. Bibliographies 1957-2012 , Abstracts 1994-2012