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Japanese language

A guide to language resources available from the ANU Library

Hints on searching the Library Catalogue

  • If you search the Library Catalogue using Japanese words, use modified Hepburn romanisation.
  • Please note it is possible to search the Library Catalogue using Japanese characters (日本語), but you will get better results if you use the modified Hepburn romanisation.
  • East Asian language collections (Chinese/Japanese/Korean) are located on Level 3 of the RG Menzies Building.
  • Library call number DS833-DS891.5. These call numbers cover a range of Japanese modern history (English books) are located on Level 4 of the RG Menzies Building.
  • Subject searches are not “free-text”, but use controlled vocabulary.  Examples of some useful terms are listed below:
    • [country] – HISTORY                                           - HUMAN RIGHTS - [country]
    • [country] – POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT       - BUDDHISM – [country]
    • [country]  – ECONOMIC CONDITIONS               - POLITICAL CULTURE – [country]
    • [country]  – SOCIAL CONDITIONS                      - BUSINESS ENTERPRISES–[country]

Locating Japanese Books

Japanese language books are held in several different locations:

Menzies East Asian

These books are located in the Menzies Library, either on Level 1 or Level 3.

  • Call numbers beginning with numerals:
    • i.e. 2286 3371 are arranged by Harvard-Yenching (H-Y) classification and are found on Level 1 (basement level). Most of these are titles acquired by the library before 1993.
  • Call numbers beginning with letters:
    • i.e. PL865.O7146K58 1988 belong to the Library of Congress (LC) classification, and are found on Level 3.

Japan new book

  • A small number of Japanese titles have no classification number. These have call numbers beginning with a plus sign: i.e. +2308396
  • They can be found in the shelves marked "Japan New Books" on Level 3.

Menzies East Asian Reference

These books are found on the entrance level they are divided into Harvard-Yenching (pre-1993 acquisitions) and Library of Congress classifications (post-1993 acquisitions). These books cannot be borrowed.

Print Repository

These book are held in off-campus storage. To request them you have to click on the tab within the online record and follow the instructions.  The item will be retrieved and delivered to the SHORT LOAN area of the Chifley Library.

Books in English and other non CJK languages about Japan with the location Menzies can be found in the Menzies Library on Level 4.

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