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Okinawan Studies: Finding Journal Articles

Guide to Okinawa/Ryukyu-related resources

Finding Articles in Japanese Journals

Online Indexes for Japanese Journals
  • Bibliographic Information Database of Okinawa Materials (BIDOM) / 沖縄関係文献情報データベース  (JPN version)
    This database is provided by the University of the Ryukyus Library and contains articles and books that are relevant to Ryukyu/Okinawa and are not included in CiNii.

This is an online Japanese scholarly journal index.  It includes NDL Zasshi kiji sakuin search.  Many full text articles from Daigaku Kiyō (大学紀要) are available in PDF.   Users are able to search holding institutions. 

This is an online journal indexes covered from 1948 to present and is developed by the National Diet Library.

Databases Including Full-Text Japanese Magazines/Journal Articles

  • Asahi Shinbun Kikuzo II: 朝日新聞聞蔵II (UHM Only) (JPN version)
    In addition to full-texts of the Asahi Newspaper from 1879 to present, includes Aera アエラ (weekly magazine), Shūkan Asahi 週刊朝日 from 1984 to present. Also, it includes Chiezō 知恵蔵 current issue.
  • CiNii : Citation Information by NII / NII 論文情報ナビゲータ  (ENG and JPN versions)
    Japanese scholarly journal index. Abstracts are available. Includes NDL Zasshi kiji sakuin search. Many full text articles from Daigaku kiyō (大学紀要) are available in PDF.  This will allow users  to identify holding institutions. Can save your bibliographic information in three different formats.
  • JAIRO / ジャイロ  (ENG and JPN versions)
    Japanese Institutional Repositories Online. It enables you to search all the institutional repositories sites in Japan. A lot of scholarly articles.
  • J-STAGE (Japan Science and Technology Information Aggregator, Electronic journals) / J-ステージ  (科学技術情報発信・流通総合システム)  (ENG and JPN versions)

Other Helpful Sites

Finding Articles in American Journals

Online Database Through UHM Library
(Valid UHM username and password are required!)

  • ABI/Inform Global
    The premier business and management database providing extensive coverage of North America and the world.
  • Academic Search Premier
    Provides full text for 3,288 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, and ethnic studies.
  • Digital Dissertations
    Proquest digital dissertation database. Includes bibliographic citations for the doctoral and masters work of authors from 1,000 graduate schools and universities dating back to 1861. Citations for dissertations from 1980 forward include abstracts, and from 1997 on full-text is available for over 100,000 titles deposited with UMI.
  • JStor
    Comprehensive archives of important scholarly journal literature.
  • LexisUni
    Full text newspapers and magazines including the Japan Times, Daily Yomiuri, Daily Mainichi.

Othe Helpful Online Search Tools

  • US Gov't report/article Search
    Search to retrieve reports, articles, and citations by simultaneously searching across multiple databases of the US Government.

InterLibrary Loan (ILL)

Cannot find journals in UH that contain articles that you are looking for?

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Request Form for articles and books unavailable at UH Mānoa


Note: You may be required to login each time you make a request. 

The ILL staff will obtain items for you which are not owned or are unavailable in the UH Library system that will be used in support of your academic research, teaching, or studies. (Copyright restrictions may apply).

The UHM ILL Service:

  • Accepts requests for books, journal articles, book chapters, dissertations, etc.
  • Borrows items from other libraries outside of Hawaii on your behalf
  • Provides ILLs free of charge, generally
  • Please Note: We do not borrow UHM course textbooks for students.

Tips for ILL Services with Japan
As of Nov. 23, 2011, UHM Library and the University of the Ryukyus Library entered a special agreement to free receprocated ILL/DD transactions for items only available from each library holdings (borrowable materials only). This pilot project will end and be reviewed after five years.

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