JAPAN 100S: Japanese for Sinologists

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About this Guide

This course guide points to library print and electronic sources for research in Japanese on Chinese subjects

Before You Begin Your Research

Before you begin your research, you might want to check the following points for basics:

Citation Management Tools

Citation management tools help you manage your research, collect and cite sources, and create bibliographies in a variety of citation styles.  Each one has its strengths and weaknesses, but any are easier than doing it by hand!

  1. Zotero: A free plug-in that works exclusively with the Firefox browser: keeps copies of what you find on the web, permits tagging, notation, full text searching of your library of resources, works with Word, and has a free web backup service.
  2. RefWorks - free for UC Berkeley users. It allows you to create your own database by importing references and using them for footnotes and bibliographies. Use the RefWorks New User Form to sign up.
  3. EndNote: may be purchased from UC Berkeley's Software Central.

It's always good to double check the formatting -- sometimes the software doesn't get it quite right.

Searching Japanese Materials

Japanese language materials at UC Berkeley Library can be searched either using original Japanese scripts (ひらがな, カタカナ, 漢字) or the modified Hepburn Romanization (transliteration) system. The modified Hepburn Romanization system is slightly different from the official Romanzation system (訓令式) currently used by Japanese goverments. The following links offer information about the modified Hepburn Romanization system:

Japanese Romanization Table: A table of Japanese alphabets (ひらがな) and equivalent Romanized letters.

LC (Library of Congress) and ALA (American Library Association) Romanization Table for Japanese:
Detailed explanation of the guidelines that many American libraries follow when romanizing Japanese materials

Note that when searching OskiCat, if you use Japanese scripts, you might miss some records, because some records do not have information in Japanse.

When searching using Romanization, space after each word, including prepositional word. Example: "Nihon kokka no keisei."

Library Catalogs

For books and e-books offered by the UC Berkeley Library, consult the Library's Find Books and E-Books page first. In Melvyl, WorlCat, etc., click on the REQUEST or UC-eLinks button for Interlibrary loan requests. UC Berkeley faculty, registered graduate students, and staffs can also borrow materials from Stanford University Library through Research Library Cooperative Program (RLCP). For requesting materials from Stanford University Library, please use RLCP Borrowing Request forms.

For books held by libraries in Japan, use the following databases to locate materials:


Possible Starting Points

Edo Kangaku shomoku 江戶漢学書目. Call No. East Asian Ref. PL3046 .E36 2006 

Gendai Chūgoku kenkyū annai 現代中国研究案内 / hensha Nomura Kōichi ... [et al.]. Call No.: East Asian Ref. Z7165.C6 G45 1990 

Honpō ni okeru Shinagaku no hattatsu 本邦における支那學の發達 : Kuraishi Takeshirō kōgi 倉石武四郎講義. Call No. East Asian DS734.97.J3 K87 2007 

Intabyū sengo Nihon no Chūgoku kenkyū インタビュー戦後日本の中国研究 / hen Hirano Kenʼichirō ... [et al.]. Call No.: East Asian DS734.97.J3 I58 2011 

Kinsei kangakusha denki chosaku daijiten 近世漢学者伝記著作大事典 : tsuketari keifu nenpyō / Seki Giichirō, Seki Yoshinao kyōhen. Call No.: NRLF PL1060.J3 S4 1966 

Nihon Kangaku nenpyō 日本漢学年表 / Shibunkai hen. Call No. East Asian 1442.4208 1977 

Article Databases

Bibliography of Asian studies (BAS): Indexes to scholarly sources written in English in all subject areas on countries in Asia

CiNii: Indexes to academic journal articles from Japan and provides full-text for some journals. Also available as a part of GeNii.CiNii provides mobile phone interface.

JAIRO: Full text journal articles and other various digital resources produced by Japanese universities; provided by the National Institute of Informatics. Also available as a part of GeNii.

MagazinPlus:Indexes to journal articles from Japan published since 1948, articles in popular Japanese magazines since 1980, and essays in festschriften, conference papers, books, annuals, and research reports since 1945.

Tōyōgaku Bunken Ruimoku Kensaku 東洋学文献類目検索 [第7.3 α版]: Provided by the Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University. The database covers books and articles in Chinese studies published in East Asian countries and the West between 1934 and 1980, and since 2001. For publications between 1981 and 2000, please check: Tōyōgaku Bunken Ruimoku Kensaku 東洋学文献類目検索 [第6.10版].

Zasshi kiji sakuin shūsei dētabēsu 雑誌記事索引集成データベース = The Complete Database for Japanese Magazine and Periodicals from the Meiji Era to the Present: Indexes to journal and magazine articles from Japan published since the Meiji period (1868-1912), with links to NACSIS Webcat, WebcatPlus, and the National Diet Library's OPAC.

Selected Journals (Japanese)

Chūgoku kankei ronsetsu shiryō 中国関係論説資料. Call No.: East Asian 9215.5672 Note: This is a an annual compilation of research articles published in Japan on Chinese subjects

You can also locate Japanese journals on Chinese subjects in OskiCat by limiting language (select "Japanese") and format (select "journals/magazines/newspaper") in the Advanced keyword search screen.  

Newspaper Articles

Here is a short list of newspaper article databases and print reproductions of Japanese newspapers: 

Asahi Kikuzo II Visual: Full text access to 朝日新聞 (1879-present) and Historical Photo Archive, containing ca. 10,000 pieces of historical photographs taken in Asia and Europe from the 1930s to 1945 

Factiva: Provides access, mostly to full text, to nearly nine thousand business and general news sources, including U.S. and international newspapers, magazines, and wire services; includes major Japanese newspapers such as 読売新聞, 毎日新聞, and 産経新聞 (warning: covers only recent years)

Nikkei Telecom 21: Full text access to 日本経済新聞 (1876/12/2-1961/12/31, and 1981/10-present), 日経産業新聞 (1981/10-present), 日経流通新聞 (1985/10-present), and 日経金融新聞 (1987/10-2008/1) is provided; it also offers English sources such as Nikkei English News, Nikkei Weekly and translations of major articles from the above-mentioned Japanese newspapers, as well as Nikkei Company Profile (30,000 company profiles) and Nikkei Who's Who (20,000 corporate executive profiles).

Shinbun shūsei Meiji hennenshi 新聞集成明治編年史 / [編纂代表 中山泰昌]: Selected articles from numeous Japanese newspapers in the Meiji period in chronological order.

Shinbun shūsei Shōwa hennenshi 新聞集成昭和編年史: Selected articles from numeous Japanese newspapers in the Showa period in chronological order.

Shinbun shūsei Taishō hennenshi 新聞集成大正編年史 / 明治大正昭和新聞研究会編: Selected articles from numeous Japanese newspapers in the Taisho period in chronological order.

Yomidasu Rekishikan ヨミダス歴史館: Full text access to Yomiuri shibun 読売新聞 (1874-present) and Daily Yomiuri (1989-present). The database also provides dictionaries (Japanese/English,  English/Japanese, or new words dictionaries) to look up definitions and biographies, just by highlighting any words in the article and clicking dictionary buttons

Japanese Language Dictionaries

Here is a short list of basic dictionaries for Japanese language:

Useful Websites

Here is a list of selected useful websites for research on Chinese subjects:

Ajia jōhō kikan dairekutorī: Chūgoku アジア情報機関ダイレクトリー: 中国: A directory of Japanese academic institutions and libraries that have resources related to China, provided by National Diet Library, including:

Japan Center for Asian Historical Records, National Archives of Japan = 国立公文書館アジア歴史資料センター: Digital archive of modern records held by the National Archives of Japan, Diplomatic Record Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Library of the National Institute for Defense Studies at the National Defense Agency

Risāchi Nabi: Ajia shokoku no jōhō o sagasu リサーチ・ナビ : アジア諸国の情報を探す: Provided by National Diet Library  

Zenkoku Kanseki dētabēsu 全國漢籍データベース: A union catalog of Chinese rare books held by Japanese libraries, provided by the Center for Informatics in East Asian Studies, Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University

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