JAPANESE 8500 - Japanese Bibliography and Research Methods

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

Resources on Japanese Copyright

Contact Information on Publishers & Authors

Resources to find address, phone number or e-mail for publishers and some authors.

Questions about copyright?

Contact Copyright Services for assistance:

Call: 614-688-5849

Email: libcopyright@osu.edu

Website: go.osu.edu/copyright

Visit: Copyright Services
Thompson Library, Suite 350
1858 Neil Avenue, Columbus, OH 

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 

Japanese Romanization Standards

Most North American academic libraries follow the Library of Congress' Japanese romanization rules. Many Japanese libraries use either Modified Hepburn or Kunreishiki romanization. Please see the following links for more information on various romanization standards. 

Library of Congress Romanization

Searching Japanese Materials in Library Catalogs (video)