Welcome to the Library page.  The library collections for the study of Japan within the Triangle are the strongest in the Southeast and some of the most rapidly growing in the nation. Duke and UNC have a long-standing cooperative collection development program for East Asia which seeks to maximize acquisitions funding by dividing responsibility for research collections on China (UNC) and Japan (Duke). Both UNC and NCSU collect materials to support teaching on their campuses.

BookstacksThe Japanese collection (about 85,000 volumes) has notable strengths in nineteenth and twentieth century materials.  It is particularly strong in modern art history, Buddhism, history, labor, literature, popular culture (film, advertising and manga), women’s studies, and the Japanese colonial experience.  Materials in Special Collections, notably on Ampō and the Occupation, supplement it.  For more information and research assistance contact Kristina Troost (; 919-660-5844).

Please follow this page for announcements about new resources and other information.

JapanKnowledge logoDuke and UNC have subscribed to JapanKnowledge + NKR; it includes Nihon Kokugo Daijiten (Shōgakkan); Kokushi Daijiten (Yoshikawa Kōbunkan), and Nihon Rekishi Chimei Taikei (Heibonsha) in addition to dictionaries, a multi-volume encyclopedia, Nihon dai hyakka zensho (Nipponica), the 2-volume Kodansha encyclopedia of Japan and numerous other resources.

Japanese journals table of contents service: The National Diet Library provides RSS feeds for the journals they index in Zasshi kiji sakuin, and search for the titles that interest you; those that are available have “RSS” after them.  See, for example, one of the journals I used to use: 歴史評論(校倉書房)Z8-284 35)[194806

RSS feeds may be more or less convenient depending on how you work; I think they are best as a current awareness service.  If you are looking for articles for your research, I recommend using CiNii (freely available; covers postwar journals).  Duke also subscribes to a database from Kōseisha, Zasshi kiji sakuin shūsei dētabēsu which includes many prewar journals.

Guides to databases for Japanese Studies:  two new Duke-oriented guides for English language databases (Asian Studies databases) and Japanese language databases (Japanese Studies databases).  Contact Kristina Troost if you need help getting access to these databases.  Many must be used on Duke’s campus or by Duke faculty and students.


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