Databases for Japanese Studies

  • LibrarySearch » is a good place to start if you want to find journal articles on a topic. Just type your keywords or a phrase in the search box. At the results screen, use the filter options on the left to limit your search to articles.
    Check this quick guide  Using LibrarySearch to find journal articles on a topic (PDF) 

    LibrarySearch doesn’t cover all of our e-resources. We recommend using a database for more in-depth research. Most databases are designed to help you to trace academic journal articles, but we also have collections covering other sources such as covering other sources such as Japanese newspapers and magazines, images, films and TV - see below for useful resources. Log in when prompted with your Brookes username and password. 
    You may also want to take a look at other Subject Help pages for databases recommended for other subjects such as Business, Film Studies, Anthropology etc. 

    Further help  

    Finding journal and news articles for Japanese Studies (PDF) » Includes tips on how to search databases effectively.

    Literature search plan for Japanese Studies (Word) » Designed to help you plan your search - download a copy and add your own notes.

    You are welcome to contact the Academic Liaison Librarian for Modern Languages for 1-to-1 help. 

  • 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, see How to use Factiva (short videos and written guides). 
    • 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.

    In addition to  LibrarySearch (mentioned above), we have many databases that can help you track down articles from academic journals: 

    • 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 (PDF).