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Searching Japanese Databases and Catalogs: Starting Points

This guide features important general and subject-specific Japanese databases and catalogs that allow you to search for articles, books, and other research materials in Japan and the United States.

General Searching

Start here with these resources for general searching, when you want to your search to include books, articles, dissertations, research papers, working and white papers, conference papers and presentations, and other material. The handouts and presentation slides explain workflows using databases and search engines available to you at Penn.

Library Catalogs

Book catalogs not only allow you to obtain books at Penn, but also provide information about which libraries in Japan hold a book, as well as summaries of content (such as chapters and authors in an edited volume). Use these catalogs to begin your search.

Theses and More

You may want to find dissertations and theses related to your topic, especially if a given scholar has not yet published a book on the topic. Use these databases to find and obtain these and other research papers.

Subject Guide

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