Online Reference Tools for Japanese Studies
(bibliographies, catalogs, dictionaries, encyclopedias, indexes…)

(Ask your questions to the librarians at the National Diet Library of Japan)

GeNii: NII Scholarly and Academic Information Portal
(Integrated search service for several major resources)
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Academic Research Database Repository 学術研究データベース・リポジトリ National Institue of Informatics (Japan) Integrated search service for 29 subject-specific indexes and bibliographies. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
ALC OPAC 美術図書館横断検索 Art Libaries’ Consortium (Japan) Searches art libraries in the Tokyo metro area.  Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
CiNii – NII Scholarly and Academic Information Navigator National Institute of Informatics (Japan) Index of articles published in academic society journals and university research bulletins. Incorporates Zasshi Kiji Sakuin. Some full text articles available for free. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Encyclopedia of Shinto Kokugakuin Universtiy English translation of Shinto jiten. With images and audio files. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
GeNii  National Institute of Informatics (Japan) including Webcat Plus, JAIRO, CiNii, etc. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Infoseek Rakuten Multi-dictionary 楽天マルチ辞書 Rakuten & Sanseido Provides access to five language dictionaries published by Sanseido. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Interactive Conversion System Between The Japanese Calendar, The Chinese Calendar and The Christian Era ECAI, Japan Converting dates between Japanese, Chinese, and Western calendars. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
JAANUS – Japanese Architecture and Art Users System Mary Neighbour Parent (compiler) English definitions of 8,000 terms in Japanese art history. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
JAIRO: Japanese Institutional Repositories Online National Institute of Informatics (Japan) Integrated search serivce for over 100 Japanese institutional repositories. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Japanese Court Decisions Search System 判例検索システム Supreme Court of Japan Fulltext database of Japanese court decisions. Covers historical and contemporary decisions made by various courts. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Japanese Laws and Regulations System 法令データ提供システム Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication (Japan) Text of the Japanese laws and regulations. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Japanese Nengo – Western Calendar Conversion Tool National Institute of Informatics (hosting) Converts Japanese nengo into Western calendar years. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Japanese TV Drama Database テレビドラマデータベース Furusaki Yasunari Information about Japanese TV dramas produced since 1940s. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Japan Law Translation Ministry of Justice (Japan) Provides English translation of Japanese laws. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Kosho Used Book Database Kosho.or.jp 古本屋 Functions as an catalog for out-of-print Japanese books. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Kotobank Asashi Shinbun Provides free access to 51 Japanese dictionaries and encyclopedias. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
National Institute of Japanese Literature Digital Library 国文学研究資料館電子資料館 National Institute of Japanese Literature 国文学研究資料館 including Union Catalogue of Early Japanese Books 日本古典籍総合目録 Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
NDL OPAC National Diet Library (Japan) Online catalog of the National Diet Library. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Nihon eiga dētabēsu 日本映画データベース Y. Nomura Searchable database for finding information about Japanese films.  Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Online Catalog and Gallery National Archives of Japan 国立公文書館 Searchable catalog for Naikaku bunko 內閣文庫. Also showcases various documents in online gallery. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Prange Collection Database Yamamoto Taketoshi Registration required. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
The Biographical Dictionary 人名辞典 Jinmei.info Online biographies. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Visual Resources for Japan Duke University Libraries A useful service that organizes visual resources by format, subject, and historical period. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Waseda Japanese & Chinese Classics 古典籍総合データベース Waseda University Library Provides access to rare materials in Waseda.  Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Webcat Plus National Institute of Informatics (Japan) Union catalog of Japanese academic libraries.  Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
WWWJDIC: Online Japanese Dictionary Service Jim Breen (Monash University) A popular Japanese-English dictionary. Also includes specialized dictionaries. Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
Zasshi Kiji Sakuin 雑誌記事索引 National Diet Library Index of Japanese periodicals.  Join the discussion on FOREASt Forum 
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