Databases for Japanese Studies

  • The Library subscribes to various databases that you can use for finding sources on a topic. Most databases are designed to help you to trace academic journal articles, but we also have databases covering other sources such as Japanese newspapers and magazines, images, films and TV. Log in when prompted with your Brookes username and password.

    Help with finding journals and articles 

    You can also explore this list of e-books and online journals available for Japanese Studies  

  • Factiva is an international news database and a key resource for Japanese studies. It covers Japanese titles such as Global news databases covering many Japanese publications, including: The Chunichi Shimbun; Daily Yomiuri; Japan Times; Keizai Kai; Kensetsu Tsushin Shimbun; Look Japan; Nihon Shokuryo Shimbun; Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun ; Nikkan Yakugyo; Nikkin; The Tokyo Shimbun and more. Searches can be made in Japanese if your keyboard has the capability.

    Tips on searching Factiva :

    • To search Factiva for articles from a specific publication, click on 'Source' and type the publication title in the 'Find a Source' box.
    • If you want to search through all Japanese publications, click on 'Source', then use the ‘Select Source Category’ drop-down menu to select Publications – By Region. Browse through the regions and countries, then click on Japan to add it to your search.
    • The default Language setting is to look for articles in English. To change this, first click on English to remove it from your search. Next, click on 'Language' and select Japanese from the list to add it to your search.
    • For further tips, check this PDF guide  How to search Factiva
    • Box of Broadcasts (BoB) - this service gives you access to thousands of recorded TV and radio programmes including films from an online archive.  It allows users to record programmes which  will then be stored on the database. First-time users will be prompted to register. You can search for programmes already recorded, view the programme guide and also search for playlists and create your own. Take a look at the playlist called ‘Japanese Oxford Brookes’ which includes a range of Japanese films and programmes.
    • ARTstor - a digital image library with over a million images from collections world-wide. Good for images of Japanese art, architecture and crafts.
    • Bridgeman Education - a digital image library which includes paintings, drawings and photographs. It's very useful for finding historical photographs of Japan and its people.

    LibrarySearch is our new search platform which allows you to find a mixture of books, articles and other resources in one place. It can offer a good starting point as you can do a single search to find many different sources. However it does not include the contents of all our databases. 
    For a quick introduction to how it works, check this video  Welcome to LibrarySearch


    • Academic Search Complete covers all subject areas and can be a good starting point for researching any topic. It offers full text access to thousands of journals.
    • Art Full Text - a major art database which is good for manga and anime topics. It includes various full-text journals such as: Animation magazine; International Journal of Comic Art; Mechademia (Subjects for this journal include manga, anime and fashion as well as pop culture in Japan).
    • Business Source Complete- key business database which contains full text articles, plus some abstracts. Covers management, economics, finance, accounting & business.
    • Communication & mass media complete - provides full text links to more than 200 journals and indexes many more. Covers film studies, language studies, linguistics & media.
    • Emerald Insight gives full text articles from business & education academic journals.
    • Historical abstracts Major history database.
    • IBSS - International Bibliography of the Social Sciences - international social sciences including sociology, politics, economics & anthropology.
    • Performing Arts Periodicals Database - key database for articles on film, theatre, television and other performing arts. Much of the content is full text.
    • JSTOR This database provides an archive of full-text articles from a range of academic journals on all subjects. Note that most journals covered do not give access to issues which are less than 3-5 years old.
    • Sociological abstracts covers social issues.
    • Web of Science - despite its name, this database covers all subject areas. It's particularly useful for tracking citations to key articles. On Web of Science you can view an article and see a list of the author’s 'Cited References' - those sources that influenced the author. You can also see the article's influence on subsequent publications via the 'Times Cited' option. Find out more.