The Japanese Collection in the Memorial Library at the University of Wisconsin–Madison is designed to support research in the social sciences and humanities. The collection includes both academic and popular materials in the following formats:
VHS tapes and DVDs
The majority of materials are in Japanese and English, but the collection also includes resources in Chinese, Korean, and other Asian languages, as well as in such European languages as French and German. As of June 2014 the Japanese collection contained 84,482 physical volumes.
The Japanese Collection is an open collection located within Memorial Library. Please check the website for hours and services.
The Japanese Collection in Memorial Library has been developed to support academic research in social sciences and humanities (e.g., history, art history, literature, anthropology, sociology, political science, economics). In recent years we have focused on acquiring visual resources in order to serve the current academic trend of studying such materials. These include photographs, documentary and feature films, and reproductions of old periodicals.
CiNii (Scholarly and Academic Information Navigator) is a database service that enables searching of information on academic papers published in academic society journals or university research bulletins, or included in the National Diet Library's Japanese Periodicals Index Database.
J-STAGE (The Japan Science and Technology Information Aggregator, Electronic) is a repository of academic journal articles and research papers created and maintained by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JSTA). Entries marked with the “Free/PDF” icon are available in full-text form free of charge. Some items may require a nominal fee for viewing. Other entries consist of bibliographic citations only. If an item's full text is not available, search the journal title in the UW Library Catalog to see if the journal is available through other databases; if it is not, use ILL. Patrons may register for MY J-STAGE, which allows access to additional services. Access to J-STAGE is free, and the site is available independent of the UW Libraries website.
JAIRO, launched by the Japanese Institute of Informatics, allows the user to search across Japanese research institutes such as universities for academic information (including journal articles, theses, dissertations, departmental bulletins and research papers). As of January 2009, JAIRO included 87 institutional repositories with over 570,000 entries.
This database is a citation index to periodical articles published in Japanese since 1868. Based on Meiji-Taisho-Showa-zenki Zasshi Kiji Sakuin Shusei, the database complements NDL's online index to magazines and periodicals (Kokuritsu Kokkai Toshokan Zasshi Kiji Sakuin). In addition, the coverage includes nationally distributed periodicals (Zenkoku-shi) and regionally published periodicals (Chiho-shi) as well as those published in former Japanese colonies (such as Toa Dobunkai and Toa Dobunshoin Daigaku).
MagazinePlus is the largest collection of Japanese databases. With over 5.2 million items, it consolidates five separate databases: Zasshi Kiji Sakuin (an index to 9396 Japanese language and 102 Western language scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, with coverage from 1975-present, updated twice a month); Jānaru Indekkusu (an index to weekly and monthly magazines, with coverage from 1981-present, updated weekly); Joint (an index to 1300 economic journals. For the contents and user guide, see http://www.nichigai.co.jp/database/mag-plus.html
The Edward Sylvester Morse Papers were given to the Peabody Museum in 1926 and consist of 99 boxes of personal and professional papers including diaries, correspondence, research files, drawings, lecture notes, publications, scrapbooks and manuscripts relating to Japan. Collection digitized in its entirety. Papers (ca. 1858-1925, 40 cubic feet), document the numerous and valuable contributions made by Morse to the areas of malacology, zoology, ethnology, archaeology and art history. Included are diaries, scrapbooks, correspondence, research files, drawings, manuscripts, publications and teaching materials and drawings.
NII-DBR enables searching of specialized academic information available on databases created by Japanese societies and research groups. Databases may be searched individually or across selected batches.
The Yomiuri Shimbun is Japanese newspaper database that contains 3 databases: Rekiahikan--more than 10 million articles since its inaugural issue in 1874. The Yomiuri Shimbun -- about 4.8 million news articles of are available from 1986 onward. The Daily Yomiuri (English) -- about 175,000 articles of are available from 1989 onward.