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Books are shelved by subject rather than language, so you may need to use various sections of the JHBB Library for your Japanese course.
Japan: an introductory guide to finding information (Word or PDF) shows you how to find reading lists, print and e-books, and also gives details of useful sections of the library for Japanese Studies.
If you want to find books to help you with study skills, take a look at this online list of Modern Languages study skills resources. It includes topics such as: writing academic essays; spelling, punctuation and grammar; exam preparation and technique; undertaking dissertations and research projects
Books and other resources for learning Japanese are shelved on Level 2 of the Library, in Zone E (silent study area). Here are some key sections:
Freely available online: Learn Japanese: Tae Kim's Guide to Learning Japanese
Brookes teaching staff have been involved in producing a series of graded readers in Japanese called Let's Read Japanese. Copies are available for you to borrow from the Library shelved at 495.686/LET. You can find them on the Library Catalogue by searching for "Let's Read Japanese".
Other easy readers are available in the Japanese language books section (Level 2), including:
Japanese literature is shelved around 895.6 on Level 4 of the Library. NB You'll now find these books in Zone E (the silent study room). We have modern and classic fiction in translation and short story collections such as:
Keshiki: new voices from JapanIf you want to explore some modern Japanese writers in translation, take a look at this series of eight chapbooks which showcase the work of some of the most exciting writers working in Japan today:
Find out more about the authors
Manga texts in translation are shelved around 741.5952 on Level 4 in Zone B. Browse this list Japanese films and manga to find out what series are available.
Anime and feature films on DVD
The Library holds a large collection of Japanese feature films and anime on DVD which you can borrow. To see if we have a particular film, search the Library Catalogue for the title or director, or take a look at this list Japanese films and manga for full details of what DVDs are available. You can also browse the shelves on Level 4, Zone D around 791.430952 for Japanese feature films or 791.43340952 for anime.
Box of Broadcasts
Box of Broadcasts (BoB) is a service which gives you access to thousands of recorded radio and TV programmes including films from an online archive. It allows users to record programmes which will then be stored on the database. You can search for programmes already recorded, view the programme guide and also search for playlists and create your own. Check this list Japanese films and manga for a selection of Japanese films available on BoB.
Useful sources for research
If you are looking for articles about manga or anime, Mechademia is a really useful journal and you can find lots more articles on the databases Performing Arts database and Art Full Text.