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Searching the Library catalogue for Japanese titles

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Searching by romanization is recommended although searching by Japanese is possible. Some old cataloguing records do not contain the original Japanese script. The Japanese search has to use exact scripts of Kanji, hiragana, and katakana.

A. Japanese books are romanized with the modified Heppbern system. The following are a few of the more frequently encountered mistakes:    

大江Oe                  (not Ohe)
東京Tokyo             (not Toukyou)
学習Gakushu          (not Gakushyuu)
日中   Nitchu             (not Niccuu)

B. Japanese titles should be searched for with proper word divisions. Please try with as many divisions as possible if a title is not found in an online search. Examples of word divisions are:

兵庫県史  Hyogo  kenshi
日本文化は異質かNihon  bunka  wa  ishitsu  ka
世界平和を考えるSekai heiwa o kangaeru
美術館へ行こうBijutsukan e iko
日本史Nihon shi  = 固有名詞+史 (with space)
女性史Joseishi   = 普通名詞+史
日中関係Nitchu kankei
中日辞典Chu-Nichi kankei

C. ALA-LC Romanization Tables