Japanese studies: Books

Guide to resources for students of Japanese language and culture

Finding resources

Search is a way of searching for Library resources. Using natural language, a simple search box will bring back results from a number of different sources.

You can refine the results of your basic search by using the facets. Or you can do an advanced search and prescribe limits to your searching.

Further information is included in the Library blog

Go to Search

Search scope: choose from

  • All resources - includes resources from Monash and other institutions
  • Library collections - for material available at Monash

Please note that many of the links in the guide still connect to the previous library catalogue and will be replaced progressively.

Library has recently created a library guide for "Finding non-English resources" in Search.

You will be able to learn how to find Japanese resources in Search.

Search tips

Japanese language items in the Monash University Library are catalogued using the Modified Hepburn Romanization System, as well as the Japanese characters.

In order to find Japanese materials in the catalogue "Search", type in keywords or author or title in either Japanese characters or Modified Hepburn Romanization. The diacritics to indicate long vowel and syllabic nasal are displayed on screen. When typing keywords you can ignore the diacritics, it is not necessary to capitalise the proper noun.


The following websites is the Modified Hepburn Romanization System and the cataloguing rules of the Library of Congress:

Configure your computer to search the catalogue using non-Roman script.

Test yourself

Browsing the shelves

Most Monash University libraries use the Dewey Decimal Classification scheme to organise books and journals. The most efficient way to locate material in the library is to use Search. However the following may be useful as a guide when browsing the shelves.

079.52 Journalism, media, newspapers in Japan
290.952 Religions in Japan
305.40952 Women’s studies in Japan
306.0952 Japanese culture
320.952 Japanese politics
330.952 Japanese economics
370.952 Japanese education
404.2 Bilingualism
410 Linguistics
418.007 Second language acquisition
495.607 Japanese language for study and teaching
495.6071 Japanese language teachers
495.63 Japanese dictionaries
495.6802 Translating and interpreting



Japanese textbooks, exercise books, examinations etc.
741.58 Manga collection
741.5952 Manga and social aspects
780.952 Japanese music



Japanese literature
915.2 Travel and description in Japan
952 History of Japan

Borrowing from other Libraries

The CAVAL Reciprocal Borrowing Program is a scheme whereby staff and students of participating academic libraries are able to borrow material from other participating Victorian academic libraries.

How do you obtain a CAVAL card?

In order to particpate you must first register in the Reciprocal Borrowing Program. This must be done at Matheson Library, Loans counter. You will be given a CAVAL card which is valid until the last date shown on the card.

If you wish to enrol at a library after the date shown has passed, you must have your CAVAL card re-authorised. Simply take it back to Matheson Library, Loans counter and provided you are still in good standing, your card will be re-authorised. You may do this as often as is necessary throughout the year.

How do you enrol at another library?

Proceed to a service desk with your current CAVAL card and your home institution ID card. The staff will enrol you on the library system and attach a barcode label to your CAVAL card. Check the detailed information available at your home library for any special requirements before visiting another library. If you need assistance with using an unfamiliar library ask at the service desk.

Be sure you understand and observe the regulations at any library from which you borrow. Some restrictions apply to certain services and collections; chcek before you visit. Return all materials by the due date to the library from which you have borrowed them.

How to search other libraries?

  • Libraries and library catalogues you can search for individual library catalogue and locate the item.
  • Libraries Australia: Trove provides access to the national database of material held in Australian libraries. You can search for any item and locate which library in Australia holds it.
  • LibraryLink Victoria search the combined catalogues of Victorian public libraries, eight academic libraries and a selection of state libraries, including the State Library of Victoria