JAPANESE 8500 - Japanese Bibliography and Research Methods

Problems and procedures in the use of Japanese bibliographies and other reference materials, including electronic sources.

Japan Knowledge Library: Encyclopedias, Dictionaries and Database


Ohio State's Japan Knowledge Books (JK Books) subscriptions include*:

*Note: users will have to clear their browser cache to move from the JK Library database to JK Books. If necessary, please contact kamolpechara.2@osu.edu for assistance.


Users' Guides

Magazine & Book Search

Scholarly and Academic Information Portals


CiNii (Portal Links)


CiNii (Users' Guide)

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 

Romanization Standards

The libraries follow the romanization standards used in the Library of Congress

Chinese  -  pinyin romanization system, however some older titles still has titles using the Wade-Giles romanization system.

Japanese - Modified Hepburn romanization system

Korean - McCune-Reischauer system