Finding information for Japanese Studies

  • Your Academic Liaison Librarian, Joanna Cooksey is here to help you find and use library resources for your Japanese Studies course, for example finding books and journal articles, using electronic services like databases, and referencing in your written work. Joanna is based on Level 3 of the Library and you can make an appointment by emailing

    • See our News and current affairs guide for links to newspaper databases and further help with finding and selecting news sources.
    • Our Statistics page provides links to UK and international statistical sources.

    On your year abroad or work placement

    Our guide to off-campus services and facilities gives full details of library services and electronic resources which are available to you even when you're abroad.

    You may be able to use public, university or specialist libraries while you are on placement, in addition to the resources available to you at your company or institution. Always contact the library before a visit to check on their particular requirements or restrictions.

    Links to library catalogues:

    WorldCat is the world's largest network of library content and services, currently indexing the resources of around 10,000 libraries.

    You are welcome to contact your Academic Liaison Librarian if you need further help or information. You can also try emailing our Electronic Enquiry Service if you have any queries or problems.

    Accessing sources not held by Brookes Library

    Brookes Library should hold the resources you need for coursework. If the Library doesn't have an item on your reading list, please let your Academic Liaison Librarian and module leader know. Students doing an honours level project or dissertation may need additional resources that are not held in the Brookes Library. Various options are available to you:

    • Undergraduate students doing dissertation-level research and MA students are eligible to apply for reference access to the  Bodleian Library. You need to be in semester 2 of year 2 of your degree, or in years 3 and/or 4, engaged on honours level dissertation or project work. You will need to get an application form from the Library Help Zone ( Level 1) or  download it from our web pages
      For students doing Japanese the  Bodleian Japanese Library is a fantastic resource
      Use  SOLO the Oxford University Libraries' Catalogue to check what is available and where it's held.   

    • You can use the  Interlibrary Loans service to request books, articles and other publications which aren't in stock. Each request costs £3.00 and articles usually arrive within 3 working days. You can make your requests via the Library Catalogue 

    • The SCONUL Access scheme allows Brookes students to use many university libraries across the UK. You may find this useful if you live at some distance from Oxford and would like to use an academic library in your local area. To apply, go to the SCONUL website and check first whether the library you wish to visit is a member of the scheme, then complete the online application form. Once your application has been authorized by Brookes Library, you will be sent a confirmation email from SCONUL access and will need to take this along when you first visit the member library.  
    • 2015-2016 onwards: These are available for download by Brookes students and staff from RADAR. Check this quick video guide Finding past Oxford Brookes exam papers on RADAR
    • Earlier years: Printed copies are available in the Library at Headington (Short Loan area, Level 1).