Databases for Japanese Studies

  • Additional Library resources available during the COVID-19 pandemic

    In addition to the e-content provided through the Library web site, many academic publishers are making additional e-resources available. Check this list  Library resources during COVID-19 pandemic for details. The list is being updated as more resources become available, so do check back regularly.


  • How do I find journal articles on a topic?

    LibrarySearch » is a good place to start. Use it to search for a topic and find books, articles and other resources. 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) 

    What are databases?

    Databases are academic equivalents of Google and other search engines, where you can type in your topic and find sources about it. Instead of searching the Web, they focus on scholarly, academic and peer-reviewed material for your assignments and research. They search through collections of journal articles (and sometimes books, book chapters, reports and other published material). Each database covers a different set of journal titles or other sources, such as newspapers and magazines, images, films and TV.  

    See below for a list of useful resources for Japanese Studies. 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. You are welcome to ask your Academic Liaison Librarian for advice on choosing and searching databases.

    A good database to start with is Academic Search Complete which covers all subject areas. It offers full text access to thousands of journals.

    JSTOR is another multi-disciplinary database, but it focuses on older academic journals. Note that most journals covered do not give access to issues which are less than 3-5 years old.

    Art and film topics

    • 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).
    • Performing Arts Periodicals Database - key database for articles on film, theatre, television and other performing arts. Much of the content is full text.

    Business topics

    • Business Source Complete- key business database which contains full text articles, plus some abstracts. Covers management, economics, finance, accounting & business.
    • Emerald Insight gives full text articles from business & education academic journals.

    Other useful databases