Japanese Studies Research Guide: Find Books

Reference and research resources in Japanese

Getting Japanese Books

To obtain a copy of a book you have located in the catalogs/databases described in the column "Books," try the following steps:

  1. Go to CLIO (Columbia Library Information Online) to see if it is available in one of the Columbia libraries. 
  2. If a book is not at Columbia or the Columbia copy is checked out, try Borrow Direct


  1. (If the Borrow Direct libraries do not have an available copy, try ILL to request a copy.)

Check "Search Tips" for useful techniques, for example, phrase, truncation, and NOT searches.

Examine how your search query and after-search limits appear on the result screen. "Is" can be changed to "Is not" to exclude certain materials. 

Updated: 6/29/2021


Columbia's online public catalog was transformed to a discover tool and contains records for almost all materials, including books, periodicals, microforms, and databases, and beyond.  Most of Japanese language materials are cataloged both in Japanese language as well as translitelation of Japanese in romanization in the modified Hepburn System employed by the Library of Congress.  It is more effective to search by romanization rather than Japanese, but pay attention to word divisions.  CLIO search tips, please click here.

Ebooks can be found not only under Catalog section, but also under Articles + section.

Updated: 6/29/2021

To find what books have been published in a year, consult the following print titles:

Updated: 6/29/2021



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Institutional Repositories

Indexes to Works in Collections and Series

Updated: 12/5/2019

Early Japanese Books (古典籍)

Updated: 12/4/2019

Kotenseki Databases

Finding Translations

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