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  • Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS)
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    The Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS) contains over 737,175 records (as of July 9, 2009) on all subjects (especially in the humanities and the social sciences) pertaining to East, Southeast, and South Asia published worldwide from 1971 to the present. Through the 1991 printed version, the BAS included citations to Western-language periodical articles, monographs, chapters in edited volumes, conference proceedings, anthologies, and Festschriften, etc. Monographs published since 1992 have not been added to the database, and users seeking such monographs are urged to consult other general resources and databases (RLIN, OCLC, etc.). The online BAS offers users various methods for seeking citations. A separate screen allows users to set their preferences for displaying and downloading data in different formats and character encodings. The BAS is updated regularly, with batch posting of thousands of new entries in each upload.
  • Bungei Kurabu. Meiji hen (文芸俱楽部. 明治篇)
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    Published by Hakubunkan 博文館 in 1895-1933, Bungei Kurabu 文芸倶楽部 is a major literary journal of the time, in which you'd find works by Higuchi Ichiyo, Izumi Kyoka, Tayama Katai, etc. This electronic version contains its 284 issues in full text covering the period of Meiji from 1895 January to 1912 December. The database also indexes (index only) two other important journals of modern Japan: Taiyo 太陽 (1895-1928; 531 issues) and Daiichi Koto Gakko Koyukai Zaisshi 第一高等学校校友会雑誌 (1890-1944; 380 issues), and a part of Chuo Koron 中央公論 (滝田樗陰旧蔵近代作家原稿集).
  • Digital Dictionary of Buddhism
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    Digital Dictionary of Buddhism is a collaborative Internet site developed by user contributions and maintained by a professor of the University of Tokyo. Buddhist terms are indexed by radicals, texts, temples, schools, places, etc. See the list of lexicographical and canonical references used in DDB at: It provides links to other useful Buddhist web resources. DDB allows unlimited-use of the contents with two-year subscription. USC is one of the thirty-one (31) subscribing academic institutions.
  • Early Photography of Japan
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    A collection of photographs of late 19th to early 20th centuries Japan from the E. G. Stillman Japanese Collection held by Widener Library and the Fine Arts Library at Harvard University. The collection contains hand-colored souvenir photograph albums by the early Japanese and European photographers and black-and-white snapshots of Japan probably taken by the collector in 1905. Also included is an online version of the 10-volume imperial edition of/Japan: Described and Illustrated by the Japanese/, published by J. B. Millet Company of Boston in 1897-1898.
  • GeNii
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    GeNii, pronounced “gene-knee” is a portal to academic databases and indexes to journal articles, books, reports, and papers in all disciplines. It is a web-based resource for free and unlimited use of the contents, with a few full texts. Databases contained are CiNii, WebcatPlus, KAKEN, DBR, and JAIRO:
  • Japanese-American Relocation Camp Newspapers: Perspectives on Day-to-Day Life
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    Over 24,000 pages from twenty-five titles of relocation camp newspapers, from 1942-1945.
  • JapanKnowledge Lib
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    JapanKnowledge is a powerful reference tool for Japanese language and culture provided by NetAdvance Inc. of the Shogakkan 小学館Group Holdings, the top 4th publisher in Japan. You can search both federally and some individually its multiple contents of dictionaries, encyclopedias, full-text journals and books. See all the contents at: Eight (8) simultaneous accesses are shared among the GWLA consortium institutions.
  • Kikuzo II Visual for Libraries
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    Kikuzo II Visual for Libraries is a news retrieval service from the publisher of Japan’s second largest circulation newspaper, Asahi shinbun 朝日新聞. Coverage includes over 8,000,000 full-text articles as of January, 2009 from 1945 to the present. Currently viewable are full-text articles from 1985 to the present, clipped images from 2005 to the present, and entire page images from 1945 to 1989. It is searchable by keyword in the full-text module from 1985 to the present and in the page image from 1945 to 1984. The page image between 1985 and 1989 is searchable only by date. Eight (8) simultaneous accesses are shared among the consortium of currently ten (10) participating institutions.
  • Koseisha Zasshi Kiji Sakuin Shusei
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    The Koseisha database indexes magazines and periodical articles from the Meiji era 1868 to the present. It includes periodicals locally published in Japan as well as those published in neighboring countries during the colonial times. The database is linked with the National Diet Library’s Zasshi Kiji Sakuin (Japanese Periodical Index of 19,514 journals held by the NDL as of 4/6/10; find the journal list at:, the National Institute of Informatics’ CiNii (a research article index; find the journal list at: and Webcat (a union catalog of the academic libraries in Japan). A journal list of the Koseisha database is not available. The number of simultaneous accesses is shared among the consortium of currently thirty-two (32) participating institutions.
  • Nihon Kokugo Daijiten (日本国語大辞典Web版)
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    Published by Yoshikawa Kobunkan, it is the largest and most authoritative encyclopedia for the history of Japan. One simultaneous access is shared by eight GWLA consortium universities. Click on the green arrow buttons to start and end your session.
  • Nihon rekishi chimei taikei
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    Published by Heibonsha, it is a gazetteer of Japan. One simultaneous access is shared by ten GWLA consortium universities. Click on the Enter & Logout buttons to start and end your session.
  • Nikkei Telecom 21
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    Nikkei Telecom21 is the Japan’s largest online database on business. It provides access to the latest news from the Nikkei newswire service, news archives, business information, and corporate profiles. One (1) simultaneous access is provided on/off USC campus.
  • Oya Soichi Bunko. Zasshi Kiji Sakuin. Web Edition.
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    Web OYA-bunko or The Oya Soichi Library Periodicals Index Retrieval Service is an online index for magazine articles provided by Oya Soichi Library. It covers publications of Japanese popular magazines from Meiji Period to the present. To the current almost 6 million index records, they annually add ca. 200,000 records. Our consortium subscription provides one simultaneous access.
  • Yomidas Rekishikan
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    YOMIDAS REKISHIKAN is the full text database of The Yomiuri Shinbun, containing more than 10 million articles carried by the newspaper since its inaugural issue in 1874.
    Select one of the four blue buttons: [明治・大正・昭和] (1874-1986), [平 成] (1986-), [The Daily yomiuri] (English version, 1989-), or [現代人名 録] (Whos' Who), either from the top menu or from the middle brown box to open the search window. 3 simultaneous access is shared among 5 member institutions.