Before you begin your research, you might want to check the following points for basics:
Citation management tools help you manage your research, collect and cite sources, organize and store your PDFs, and create bibliographies in a variety of citation styles. Each one has its strengths and weaknesses, but all are easier than doing it by hand!
Tip: After creating a bibliography with a citation management tool, it's always good to double check the formatting; sometimes the software doesn't get it quite right.
For books and e-books offered by the UC Berkeley Library, consult the Library's Find Books and E-Books page first. In the U.S.-based catalogs such as OskiCat, Japanese language materials 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. LC (Library of Congress) and ALA (American Library Association) Romanization Table for Japanese offers detailed explanation of the guidelines that most U.S. libraries follow when romanizing Japanese materials.
In Melvyl, WorldCat, etc., click on the REQUEST or UC-eLinks button for Inter-library 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:
Eiga no hon no hon 映画の本の本. Call No.: East Asian PN1995 .S488 2002
Eiga, ongaku, geinō no hon zenjōhō 映画・音楽・芸能の本全情報 2000-2004. Call No.: East Asian Ref. PN2921 .E44 2005
Engeki eiga tosho sōmokuroku 演劇・映画 図書 総目録. Call No.: East Asian PL734.A12 E5
Jiten eiga no tosho 事典映画の図書. Call No.: East Asian Ref. Z5784.M9 T75 1989
Kawakita Kinen Eiga Bunka Zaidan dētabēsu 川喜多記念映画文化財団 データベース検索: Database covers books and journals held by the institue; searchable by keywords from table of contents
Research guide to Japanese film studies / Abé Mark Nornes and Aaron Gerow. Call No.: Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1993.5.J3 N67 2009
Tōkyō Kokuritsu Kindai Bijutsukan tosho kensaku 東京国立近代美術館 図書検索: Database covers the holdings of the National Film Center.
Here is a short list of useful articles databases for Japanese studies. Note that many of these sources only index journal articles -- they don't actually have the full text. Use the gold "UC-eLinks" button to do an automated search to find the full text.
Selected Print Article Indexes
Here is a list of major journals in Western languages covering the field of Japanese studies, many of which are availble both online and print:
Here is a list of selected current journals on Japanese films:
Following are selected reproductions of ceased periodicals on Japanese films:
Here is a short list of newspaper article databases for Japanese newspapers:
Selected Print Sources
Here is a list of selected useful websites for research on Japanese cinema:
Japanese Film Database (JFDB): JFDB is managed by the Japan Foundation and UNIJAPAN and provides information on Japanese films released between 2002 and 2010, including film cast and staff, or film industry related companies.
Midnight Eye: Visions of Japanese Cinema: A non-commercial, non-profit initiative; offers interviews, features, film reviews, and book reviews
Here is a list of selected reference materials:
Eiga haiyū jiten. Senzen Nihon hen 映画俳優事典. 戦前日本篇 / Moriuchi Masashi. Call No.: East Asian Ref. PN2927 .M63 1994
Eiga hyakka jiten 映画百科辞典= Encyclopedia of cinema / hensan Iwasaki Akira ... [et al.]. Call No.: East Asian PN1993.45 .E37 1954
Nihon eiga jinmei jiten. Danʼyū hen 日本映画人名事典. 男優篇 / Kinema Junpōsha hen. Call No.: East Asian PN2927 .N55 1996
Nihon eiga jinmei jiten. Joyū hen 日本映画人名事典. 女優篇 / Kinema Junpōsha hen. Call No.: East Asian PN2927 .N56 1995
Nihon eiga jinmei jiten. Kantoku hen 日本映画人名事典. 監督篇 / Kinema Junpōsha hen.
Call No.: East Asian Ref. PN1998.2 .N55 1997
Nihon eiga sakuhin jiten. Sengo hen (1) 日本映画作品辞典. 戦後篇 = Complete dictionary of Japanese movies from 1945 August to 1988 December / Nihon Eigashi Kenkyūkai hen. Call No.: East Asian PN1993.5.J3 N55 1998
Nihon eiga sakuhin jiten. Senzen hen 日本映画作品辞典. 戦前編 = Complete dictionary of Japanese movies from 1896 to 1945 August / Nihon Eigashi Kenkyūkai hen. Call No.: East Asian PN1993.5.J3 N57 1996
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