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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Modern Japan (Meiji, Taisho, Showa): Home

This guide provides information on databases and other online resources in Japanese language.

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Japanese Collection & Resources

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F: 9am-5pm
Sa-Su: 1-5pm


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1408 West Gregory Drive
Urbana, IL 61801 

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Resources for Meiji, Taisho, Showa Research

About this Guide

This resource guide is created for graduate students and faculty who conduct research on Japan in the Meiji, Taisho and early Showa ear.  Click on the tabs above to navigate this guide.

If you would like more information on the databases, slides from the workshop held on 10/20/2009 is available in PDF.


Resources compiled by Setsuko Noguchi.  LibGuide edited by Makiko Ishizawa (10/21/2009). Updated by International and Area Studies Library (1/23/2013).


"Asian Library" is now a part of the International and Area Studies Library.

As part of the transition, Asian language materials are now circulated from the Central Circulation desk and the materials are accessible from the Main Stacks. Faculty, students, and other patrons wishing to browse the Asian-language circulating collection should enter Main Stacks via the Central Circulation desk on the the 2nd Floor of the Main Library. 

East Asian materials bearing LC call numbers (meaning they carry one or two alphabetical characters at the beginning of their call numbers, e.g. "BX598.A4") are now shelved on the 7th, 8th and 9th floor of the Main Stacks. (* It always helps to keep in mind that the 5th floor of the Main Stacks is connected to the 2nd floor of the Main Library Building, where the Main Stacks entrance is located.)

Current periodicals and reference collection are housed in the International & Area Studies Library in 321 Main Library.

If you have any trouble finding materials, please contact the International & Area Studies Library, 321 Main Library (217.333.1501) for assistance.