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Japan Studies Collection: Library Catalogs for Finding Printed Books

The guide provides resources to assist your research on Japan.


ILL Tools

Cannot find books that you are looking for in UHM Library?

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.


Google Books Search

Google Book Search

Library Online Catalog

An online list of itemized records held by a particular library is called OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog).

UHM Library's OPACs

  • One Search manoa logo
    It includes the UH Voyager Catalog plus a huge index of academic journals on most topics. Also includes conference papers, maps, government documents, music scores, DVDs, archives & manuscripts, and more.

OneSearch Overview (video)
OneSaerch Advanced Searching (video)
OneSearch Advanced Searching using Scopes (video)


Other Libraries' OPACs 

Federated Search Engines (Search multiple OPACs in Japan)

  • 想 IMAGINE Book Search
    It searches multiple OPAC, publisher databases, full-text databases, and more.
  • Calil Local /カーリルローカル
    You can select libraries in each prefecture

Union Catalogs

Union catalogs
Provide itemized records held by many libraries. They often include publishers' catalogs.


Bibliographic Database

Specialized in early (classical) Japanese books

Art Libraries Catalogs

Translated works from Japanese to other languages in literature

  • Japanese Literature in Translation Database complied by the Japan Pen Club and managed by the Japan Foundation
  • The Index Translationum: Bibliographic Search (UNESCO)
    Contains cumulative bibliographical information on books translated and published in about one hundred of the UNESCO Member States since 1979.