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Art

ARTstor
Early Photography of Japan
JAANUS: Japanese Architecture and Art Net Users System
Japanese Woodblock Print Search
Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Art of Asia
Tokyo Digital Museum Search

 

Articles and Databases

A-Z Databases (list of all database subscriptions for the University of Cambridge)
Cambridge Core
CiNii Articles (Japanese journal citations, some full-text access)
J-STAGE(Japanese electronic journals, some free full-text access)
JAIRO: Japanese Institutional Repositories Online
Japan Center for Asian Historical Records
    Shashin shuho 写真週報 (1938-1945 magazine, full-text. About Shashin Shuho.)
Japan Disasters Digital Archive
National Institute of Japanese Literature (databases)
Nichibunken (International Research Center for Japanese Studies)
    Nichibunken Databases
    Nichibunken Open Access
WARP: Web Archiving Project (Japanese government documents / white papers)
See also University of Cambridge iDiscover

 

Citation Databases

Bibliography of Asian Studies
CiNii Articles (Japanese journal citations, some full-text access)
Web of Science
Zassaku PLus (Index of articles in Japanese magazines and journals)
ZETOC

 

Dictionaries and Reference Works

JapanKnowledge Lib (includes major dictionaries, encyclopedias, and anthologies)
Jim Breen's WWWJDIC
Rikaichan (add-on for Firefox)
Rikaikun (extension for Chrome)

 

Early or Rare Books and Manuscripts

Cambridge Digital Library Japanese Works
Database of Pre-modern Japanese Works (National Institute of Japanese Literature)
Digitized Scrolls from the Japanese Manuscript Collection, 1158-1591 (komonjo at Harvard Law School)

HathiTrust (Global Public Domain only)
Japanese Censorship Collection, Library of Congress
Komonjo (medieval Japanese documents at Princeton)
National Diet Library Digital Collections
Smithsonian Libraries: Japanese Illustrated Books from the Edo and Meiji Periods
Union Catalogue of Early Japanese Books (Japan)
Union Catalogue of Early Japanese Books in Europe
Waseda Kotenseki Sogo Database
World of the Japanese Illustrated Book: The Gerhard Pulverer Collection

 

Full Text E-Books

A-Z Databases: e-books (list of e-book subscriptions for the University of Cambridge; primarily Western languages)
Aozora bunko 
Google Books 
JapanKnowledge Lib (includes major dictionaries, encyclopedias, and anthologies)
National Diet Library Digital Collections
See also University of Cambridge iDiscover 

 

Language Learning Resources

Crunchyroll (Japanese-language videos)
italki (find language exchange partners & private teachers)
Japanese Language, Japan Foundation London
Kanji Koohii: Remember the Kanji
Language Centre, University of Cambridge
Learn Japanese: Tae Kim's Guide to Learning Japanese

 

Library Catalogues and Guides

AMES Faculty Library: Japanese Studies Selected Online Resources
CiNii Books (search Japanese-language books at Cambridge) 
Copac (search over 100 UK and Irish academic, national & specialist library catalogues)
NDL (National Diet Library) Search
UK Union Catalogues of Japanese Books
University of Cambridge iDiscover (includes books and e-resources)
WorldCat

For older Japanese books at the University Library, see also the following print catalogues in the East Asian Reading Room:

  • Eric Ceadel: Classified catalogue of modern Japanese books in Cambridge University Library (1961) (FD.22:1.1)
  • Nozomu Hayashi and Peter Kornicki: Early Japanese books in Cambridge University Library (1991) (FD.22.28)

 

Newspapers (free access)

Asahi Shimbun
Japan Times
Mainichi Shimbun
Nihon Keizai Shinbun
Yomiuri Shinbun

 

Newspapers (subscription access & archives)

Factiva (articles from over 8000 publications in 22 languages. Select Japanese in advanced search; defaults to search English only.)
Kikuzo II Visual for Libraries (Asahi Shimbun, 1879 to present. Full-text searchable from 1985; prior years in facsimile.)
Maisaku (Mainichi Shinbun, 1872 to present.)
Nikkei Telecom 21 (Nikkei Keizai Shinbun, 1876 to present. Full-text searchable from 1988.) 
World News Connection (English translations of articles)
Yomidasu Rekishikan (Yomiuri Shimbun, 1874 to present. Recent years full-text searchable; prior years in facsimile.)

 

UK or Europe Specific Japanese Studies Information

UKIRA : UK Information resources on Asia 
UK Union Catalogues of Japanese Books 
Union Catalogue of Early Japanese Books in Europe 

Contact us

Dr Kristin H. Williams
Head of Japanese Section

Mrs Aki Bingley
Library Assistant for Japanese Section

Cambridge University Library
West Road 
Cambridge 
CB3 9DR

Tel. 01223 333155
E-mail: japanese@lib.cam.ac.uk

Opening hours

Monday-Thursday

9:00-18:50 (staffed 9:00-17:10)

Friday

9:00-18:50 (staffed 9:00-16:50)

Saturday

9:00-16:30 (not staffed)

No fetching or transferring of items between 12.30 and 14.00 and after 17.00 (after 16.45 on Fridays). No fetching or transferring of items Saturdays. On Saturdays non-borrowable items can be consulted in the Manuscripts Reading Room.