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Japanese Studies Resource Guide

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Only about 1/4 of our East Asian Collections are housed in Thompson Library. The remaining materials are housed in other locations such as the Fine Arts Library, the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum, and the Book Depository. Please, refer t the catalog for the specific location of any of the materials. 

Dictionaries/reference books in Chinese/Japanese/Korean?

Thompson Library 2nd floor Grand Reading room balcony

Newer Books in Chinese/ Japanese/ Korean?

Thompson Library 3rd floor Mezzanine (3M)

1st Floor Current Periodicals Journals on East Asian topics?

Thompson Library 1st Floor library Current Periodicals area. Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language materials have all been relocated to this 1st floor space. 

Chinese Newspapers ( 世界日报, 橋报)?

Thompson Library 110 Leisure Reading area

Find Japanese graded readers at

Thompson Library 2nd floor Grand Reading room balcony

East Asian Materials Search Tips

There are two ways to search the records in Chinese/Japanese/Korean:

  • Enter search using romanized characters
  • Enter search in Chinese/Korean/Japanese characters

LC Call Number Outline

A -- General Works

B -- Philosophy. Psychology. Religion

C -- Auxiliary Sciences Of History

D -- World History And History Of Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Etc.

E -- History Of The Americas

F -- History Of The Americas

G -- Geography. Anthropology. Recreation

H -- Social Sciences

J -- Political Science

K -- Law

L -- Education

M -- Music And Books On Music

N -- Fine Arts

P -- Language And Literature

Q -- Science

R -- Medicine

S -- Agriculture

T -- Technology

U -- Military Science

V -- Naval Science

Z -- Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources (General)

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Japanese Calendrical Systems

Two number systems for years are commonly used in Japan:

  1. Gregorian Calendar - the western calendar year system commonly used in US. e.g. 2015
  2. Nengō 年号 - calendar year system based on the reigns of emperors.e.g. Heisei 27 or 平成二十七年 

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