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Japanese Language and Culture: Japanese-Language Search Engines, Databases, ETC.

Library and other resources for the study of Japanese Language and Culture

Known-Item Searching in WorldCat

One strategy for practice searching in WorldCat: Use the 'Books from Japan' site to find books in Japanese that are related to your topic. Then: copy and paste either the title or author name into WorldCat Advanced Search and limit the language to Japanese. Some of the books listed in 'Books from Japan' will be available via Inter-Library Loan. Sample below is searching for books in Japanese by a Japanese author:


MORE ON: WorldCat Searching in Japanese

NOTE: You can change the search language to Japanese by clicking on the Japanese language-designation from the WorldC​at's default search page. Here is the direct link to that WorldCat's Japanese interface. It should look like this:

Google Search Options in Japanese

Kotenski Sogo Database

National Diet Library

J'Lit: Books from Japan

Books from Japan is an ongoing online "book fair" that introduces Japanese works of fiction and nonfiction to overseas publishers, editors, and other interested readers. The site is operated by the nonprofit J-Lit Center with the cooperation of publishers in Japan.
The site has two main sections: a database of books selected by the J-Lit Center, and a Publishers' Corner of "booths" where participating publishers can introduce their books. The database features books in the following categories:

  • Literature: Works that have won one of Japan's major literary awards since 2000.
  • Children & YA: Works for children and young adults selected by a committee of specialists in juvenile literature.
  • Language Texts: The most widely exported texts used in Japanese-language pedagogy overseas.
  • Other Categories: Works in how-to, hobby, and other non-literature categories.
  • Books on Japan provides synopses and author profiles for hundreds of books in these categories, with more added on a regular basis throughout the year.
  • Additionally, the site's News & Updates section provides news and commentary on books published in Japan, while the Publishers' Corner provides Japanese publishers with space to introduce new books, bestsellers, and upcoming publications.

Aozora Bunko


CiNii (Scholarly and Academic Information Navigator, pronounced like "sigh-knee") is a database service which can be searched with academic information of articles, Books & Journals.

Searching is free but, when viewing paid content, special rates and other privileges are offered to institutional fixed-price users (registration by institution) or users with an ID (individual registration). UWM does not subscribe.

Web Japan

Dissertation Searching

Japanese Scientific Journal Databases

NII: National Institute of Informatics