This guide provides links to a wide variety of digital resources, including digital archives, search engines, book and article citation databases, portals, and news, related to Japanese studies. The majority of resources are appropriate for advanced research rather than undergraduate study, and are largely in Japanese. By and large, they are also freely available.
Resources are categorized by field, and general reference sources, digital archives, and search engines are also included. This guide could not have been created without the help of the Penn Japanese studies community -- thanks to all!
These general reference sites include guides to Japanese research as well as reference works pertaining to general research and various time periods.
These sites contain historical maps of Japan as well as Asia more broadly.
These general digital archives cover a range of time periods and genres of works, including history, art history, and literature. They generally contain high-quality scanned page images of books, academic articles, magazines, and other artifacts, or multimedia content such as video lectures. While not all are specific to Japan, they contain a large amount of Japanese-language works.
These online catalogs (OPACs) provide information about the holdings of specific libraries and archives in Japan, ranging from general to specialized.
These are some basic Penn-based for finding book and article citations. There is also a Penn research guide available that gives a wide variety of resources for finding such information.
For purchase requests, you can either email Molly or go to this page, where you can enter bibliographic information, especially for books not relating to Japan directly. Emailing Molly for Japan-related and Japanese-language books will be more efficient, however!
These are Japan-specific resource and general interest search engines.
These links deal with general and specialized reference sites, tools, and research for Japanese language, including historical language aspects. For historical kana and kanji usage, see the Kuzushiji page.
These are various software and web-based English-Japanese and Japanese-English dictionaries, some of which are free and others are available through a Penn subscription (with PennKey login).