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A-Z Japanese Language Databases 日本語データベース

This page lists the Japanese language databases available at SOAS; for other databases use the letter navigation on the left or go to the A-Z database homepage

On-campus access is automatic for most databases; and many can be accessed off-campus using your SOAS id and password (the same as you use for SOAS e-mail and computers). Off-campus access is only available to SOAS students and staff; and is available only where there is a link for 'off-campus use'.

If you need help with any of the databases you can:

  • Ask at the Library Enquiry Desk (Ground floor/Level E), Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.
  • E-mail electronic@soas.ac.uk  
  • Phone 020 7898 4146
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CiNii [サイニィ] = NII論文情報ナビゲータ
Provides bibliographical citations of Japanese scholarly journals published in Japan.  
CiNii [サイニィ] = NII論文情報ナビゲータ
URL On-campus: 

http://ci.nii.ac.jp/

URL Off-campus:

https://ezproxy.soas.ac.uk/login?url=http://http://ci.nii.ac.jp/ 

Access:  

unlimited.

Authentication: 

Available to all Library users on-campus and SOAS staff & students off-campus.

Username and password: 

SOAS id and password required for off-campus use - SOAS staff & students only.

Full-text or bibliographic: 

Over 15 million bibliographic records including approx. 4 million full-texts

Description: 

Provides bibliographical citations of Japanese scholarly journals published in Japan. Covers full range of disciplines. Contains non-Japanese articles.

User guide: 

http://ci.nii.ac.jp/info/ja/articles/quickguide.html

Download/email/print /reference software:      

Download (PDF)/print

On-campus use

Off-campus use
JapanKnowledge Lib (ジャパンナレッジ Lib)
A selection of major dictionaries and encyclopaedias, as well as databases for weekly journals and books etc. SOAS has access to the JapanKnowledge +NK. 
JapanKnowledge Lib (ジャパンナレッジ Lib)
URL

On-campus:http://japanknowledge.com/library/
Off-campus: https://ezproxy.soas.ac.uk/login?url=http://japanknowledge.com/library/ 

Access

Available to all Library users on-campus. Off-campus access available to SOAS staff and students, using their SOAS id and password. Limited access for 6 users at a time among 8 consortium member libraries.

Full-text or bibliographic

Full-text

Description

A selection of major dictionaries and encyclopaedias, as well as databases for weekly journals and books etc.

SOAS has access to the JapanKnowledge +NK, which includes:

[Encyclopedias]

  • Kodansha Encyclopedia of Japan
  • 日本大百科全書 [ニッポニカ] (Complete Japanese Encyclopedia [Encyclopedia Nipponica 2001])
  • 日本人名大辞典 (The Biographical Dictionary of Japan)
  • 現代用語の基礎知識 (Encyclopedia of Contemporary Words)
  • 情報・知識 Imidas (Innovative Multi-Information Dictionary)


[Dictionaries]

  • 日本国語大辞典 (Shogakukan Unabridged Dictionary of the Japanese Language)
  • 字通 (Jitsu / Great Dictionary of Chinese Characters)
  • デジタル大辞泉 (Digital Dai-ji-sen Japanese Dictionary)


[Books]

  • 東洋文庫 (Toyo Bunko / The Oriental Library Series)
  • 新編日本古典文学全集[小学館版](Shogakukan Japanese Classical Literature)
  • 江戸名所図会 (Famous Place in Edo)
  • 誰でも読める日本史年表:古代/中世 (A User-Friendly Timeline of Japanese History with Furigana)


[Articles, etc.]

  • 週刊エコノミスト (Weekly Economist)
  • 会社四季報 (Japanese company Handbook)
  • JK Who’s Who
  • NNA:アジア&EU国際情報 (NNA Global Business News from Asia and Europe)


*SOAS does not have access to 日本歴史地名大系 (Nihon Rekishi Chimei Taikei).

Dates covered

Latest editions only of serial publications: 現代用語の基礎知識, Imidcas, 週刊エコノミスト and 会社四季報.

Download/e-mail/print/reference software

Download/print available

On-campus use

Off-campus use
Kikuzō II Visual 聞蔵IIビジュアル [朝日新聞オンライン記事データベース]
A newspaper database for Asahi Shinbun, containing the national edition and local editions. Three weekly magazines, Aera, Asahi Gurafu, and Shūkan Asahi, and an annual new-word dictionary Chiezō, Who’s Who Database, and Historical Photo Archive are also available. 
Kikuzō II Visual 聞蔵IIビジュアル [朝日新聞オンライン記事データベース]
URL

On-campus: http://database.asahi.com/library2e/
Off-campus: https://ezproxy.soas.ac.uk/login?url=http://database.asahi.com/library2e/

Access

Any Library user from computers on-campus. SOAS students and staff only from computers off-campus. Limited access for 3 users at a time among 5 consortium member libraries. 

Authentication

Available to all Library users on-campus. Off-campus access available to SOAS staff and students, using their SOAS id and password.

Full-text or bibliographic

Full-text in Japanese

Description

A newspaper database for Asahi Shinbun, containing the national edition and local editions. Three weekly magazines, Aera, Asahi Gurafu, and Shūkan Asahi, and an annual new-word dictionary Chiezō, Who’s Who Database, and Historical Photo Archive are also available.

Dates covered

朝日新聞 (Asahi Shinbun): August 1984 to the present date
朝日新聞縮刷版 (Asahi Shinbun Shukusatsuban) = Asahi Shimbun Compressed Edition:  1879~1984
アエラ(Aera): August 1984 to the present date
アサヒグラフ  (Asahi Gurafu): 1923 to 1956
週刊朝日(Shukan Asahi): August 1984 to the present date
知恵蔵: The latest edition
歴史写真: 1930s to 1945

Download/e-mail/print/reference software

Download/print available

On-campus use

Off-campus use
Nikkei Telecom 21
Japanese news and business information. 
Nikkei Telecom 21
URL

On-campus: http://www.nikkeieu.com/t21/trial/soas.html
Off-campus: https://ezproxy.soas.ac.uk/login?url=http://www.nikkeieu.com/telecom/en/soas.html

Access:

Any Library user from computers on-campus. SOAS students and staff only from computers off-campus. Access for one user only at a time. 6 pm JST to 5 am JST (23 hours a day)

Authentication

Available to all Library users on-campus. Off-campus access available to SOAS staff and students, using their SOAS ID and password.

Username and password:

Not required.

Full-text or bibliographic:

Full-text.

Description:

Nikkei Telecom21 (Academic Package) is a group of comprehensive business database services offered by Nihon Keizai Shimbun.

The service consists of:

  • News: Real-Time Nikkei newswire service (Japanese and English)
  • Full Text Article Search: Nikkei’s 4 main newspapers and news (Japanese and English)
  • Market & Economic Indicators: Stock Indices, exchange rates, bond pricing and other economic indicators (Japanese)
  • Company Search: Company profiles and financial information (Japanese)
  • Who’s Who Search: Personnel information in business (Japanese)
Dates covered:

Nikkei Japanese news from 1876 to1961 and from 1975 to date. Nikkei English news from 1983 to date.

Download/email/print /reference software:

Print is available.

On-campus use

Off-campus use
Yomidasu Rekishikan  ヨミダス歴史館
Full text database of Yomiuri Shinbun (読売新聞) from the first issue in 1874 to the present. Includes the English edition, The Daily Yomiuri, and biographical information on some 2,000 people.  
Yomidasu Rekishikan  ヨミダス歴史館

URL: 

On-campus - https://database.yomiuri.co.jp/rekishikan/ 
Off-campus - https://ezproxy.soas.ac.uk/login?url=https://database.yomiuri.co.jp/rekishikan/

Access

Any Library user from computers on-campus. One simultaneous access only.

Authentication

Available to all Library users on-campus.

Full-text or bibliographic

Full-text in Japanese and English.

Description

Full text database of Yomiuri Shinbun (読売新聞) from the first issue in 1874 to the present. Includes the English edition, The Daily Yomiuri, and biographical information on some 2,000 people.

Dates covered

読売新聞 (Japanese): From the first issue in November 1874 to the present, with local editions starting in Dec. 1986.

The Daily Yomiuri (English): September 1989 to the present.

Download/e-mail/print/reference software

Download/e-mail not available

Print available

Adobe Flash Player version 9 or later version

On-campus use

Off-campus use
Zassaku Plus = 雑誌記事索引集成データベース
Index database for Japanese magazine and periodicals from the Meiji Era to the Present. 
Zassaku Plus = 雑誌記事索引集成データベース

URL On-campus: http://zassaku-plus.com/

URL Off-campus: https://ezproxy.soas.ac.uk/login?url=http://zassaku-plus.com/

Access:

One user only at a time

Authentication:

Available to all Library users on-campus and SOAS staff & students off-campus.

Username and password:

SOAS id and password required for off-campus use - SOAS staff & students only.

Full-text or bibliographic:

Bibliographic

Description:

Index database for Japanese magazine and periodicals from the Meiji Era to the Present.

Download/email/print /reference software:      

Print  (by using right click of a mouse)
Copy and paste

On-campus use

Off-campus use