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Subject Guide for Japanese Studies

On this page you will find a selection of resources concerning Japanese studies with a special view on social studies, culture and languages.You are welcome to contact us in case you need help, or if you have suggestions for additional information for the page.

Reference Works

  • JapanKnowledge (ジャパンナレッジ)
    Fully searchable and browsable databases including English-Japanese and Japanese-English dictionaries, Encyclopedia Nipponica and Encyclopedia of Japan, articles published in a weekly magazine Ekonomisuto, collection of Tōyō bunko series and other visual and sound databases. Also includes Jitsu - online kanji dictionary/reference tool for the meaning of the Chinese characters, Kokushi Daijiten, one of the largest Japanese encyclopedias, and Nihon Rekishi Chimei Taikei, encyclopedia of historical Japanese place names.


  • AsiaPortal
    The AsiaPortal functions both as a common access to information resources on Asia for the Nordic Asian studies community and as a platform for news and information about Nordic research and academic activities on Asia in the Nordic region.
  • Anthropology Plus
    Anthropology Plus covers anthropology and related fields. The database offers worldwide indexing of all core periodical and lesser-known journals from the early 19th century to today, providing pervasive indexing of thousands of sources, including journal articles, reports, commentaries, edited works and obituaries.
  • Historical Abstracts
    The bibliography covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada), focusing on the 15th century to the present. Provides a selection of bibliographic records from thousands of academic journals, magazines, books and monographs.
  • Proquest
    Collection of databases which covers a wide range of subject areas: Humanities, social sciences, science and medicine. Most of the databases are bibliographies.

Article Databases

    Journal database with full-text access to the leading journals within all subject areas. Usually it is not possible to access the most recent 3-5 volumes, but it is possible to access publications before that.

  • Project Muse
    Journal database with full-text access to high quality journals within the humanities and social science. The database provides access to the most recent issues and sometimes to older issues (back issues) as well.
  • Scopus
    Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. Covering research in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, arts and humanities.
  • Web of Science (WOS)
    Web of Science provides a comprehensive citation search. It gives access to multiple databases that reference cross-disciplinary research, which allows for in-depth exploration of specialized sub-fields within an academic and scientific discipline.

E-books and text archives

  • Ebook Central
    E-book database which covers all subject areas. The books come from academic publishing houses: Blackwell, Brill, Oxford University Press, Springer and Wiley. Ebrary and EBL merged into a single new ebook platform, Ebook Central, in 2017.
  • Google Books
    E-book-database which provides access to a large number of academic books from commercial publishers and research libraries
  • Oxford Scholarship Online
    OSO provides full-text access to a broad selection of books published by the Oxford University Press from 2001 and forth.


    • jisho.org 
      (gratis Engelsk-Japansk/Japansk-Engelsk ordbog)
    • Ordbogen.com
      Collection of dictionaries which contains Ordbogen.com and Gyldendals Ordbøger. The collection of dictionaries covers a large number of subject areas and languages. The list of all relevant dictionaries is obtained when you search a word.

    Japanese language learning - resources

    Newspaper and media

    Other subject guides

    Academic associations

    • Asian Dynamics Initiative
      A research priority area based at the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

    Other online library sources

    Denmark’s national library database. Contains references to the national Danish libraries and materials from the libraries of research.

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