Looking for books in our catalog Franklin can be a little tricky if you haven't yet learned how to romanize the titles to Library of Congress standards. But don't worry - it's not difficult. Molly recommends searching in romanized Japanese once you get the hang of it, because Franklin uses some non-standard characters that make searching in Japanese impossible at times. (For example, you can't search for 江戸 or 目録 but rather need to search "Edo" and "mokuroku"!) If all else fails, try searching for your book in Japanese in WorldCat, which will tell you if Penn owns it. You can copy and paste the romanization from WorldCat into Franklin to find it from there. (And if Penn doesn't display in the WorldCat record for the book, you know we don't own it!)
If you can't find a book in Franklin or it's checked out, please use the services below in the Inter-LIbrary Loan (ILL) box to get ahold of a copy from another library.
The location of each book is listed in its record, so use that to either find it in the library or request it from LIBRA (storage). Most of the time your book will be in East Asia Stacks (Van Pelt) or LIBRA (storage).
If we don't own a book (or other item), or it's checked out from Penn, please use Inter-Library Loan and BorrowDirect+ to request your materials. You can do so directly here. Make sure you fill out all the information you can and only use romaji, not Japanese. The system cannot understand Japanese kana or kanji! The resource you request will come to the library you specify and be held for you at circulation (and you'll receive an email when it arrives.)
When you search BorrowDirect or E-ZBorrow, you'll need to type the book's information into their search systems to request it. It is a separate system from Penn's Franklin catalog.
Our library catalog, Franklin, has two main components: Catalog (to find books and other media, including databases), and Articles (for finding individual journal articles).
To find Japanese materials, you'll want to click on the Catalog tab because we don't have access to any article PDFs in Japanese. From there, you can search for titles, authors, subjects, and more. If you're not sure what to do, just try a Keyword search. This searches all the information about the books and other resources, so you can combine title words with an author's name, for example, to do a very specific search.
Because of some strange characters in Japanese titles in our system, please use romaji to search if you're not getting the results you expect. For example, 江戸 and 目録 (and even 巻) are not searchable in Japanese in Franklin. Instead, you'd search for "edo", "mokuroku" and "kan" or "maki." When in doubt, send Molly an email and ask for help!
In Franklin, the location of a book is always displayed in the book's record. There are SIX main locations (mostly in Van Pelt Library) where you can find books related to learning Japanese.