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Japan Studies : Getting started

Major Databases


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.

Bookplus indexes over 1,740,000 books. published in Japan from 1926 to the present.
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). E
JAIRO Japanese institutional repositories online
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.

Useful Dictionaries



English/Japanese. Translates both in words and sentences.


Japanese to English, English to Japanese, English to Chinese, and English to Spanish.

Sanseido Web Dictionary

Japanese Language Studies 

Japanese Student Association (JSA)

The Japanese Student Association is a student organization at UW-Madison that aims to spread and share Japanese culture to all students on campus. 

Undergraduate Major in Japanese at UW-Madison 

Asian Languages and Culture