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A research guide for Japanese language & literature

Databases @ Cal State LA

OneSearch does not allow you to search for all articles available at Cal State LA. Databases are very useful tools that allow you to search by subject. Search the databases recommended below to find articles.

External Databases

  • CiNii (full texts and citations)

Find articles published in academic society journals, university research bulletins or articles included in the National Diet Library's Japanese Periodicals Index Database.

Japan Science and Technology Information Aggregator, Electronic. Full text database for humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and, Engineering and technology. When you use advanced search, you can save favorite search, titles and titles. You can also search articles by DOI.

A source for academic information (journal articles, theses or dissertations, departmental bulletin papers, research papers, etc.) accumulated in Japanese institutional repositories* that can be searched for cross-sectionally.

Contains data on oriental literature from the 1934 edition to the 1980 edition and from the 2001 edition onwards (including unpublished data)

Information on research papers on Japanese literature, linguistics, and Japanese language education, etc., contained in journal bulletins published in Japan held at the National Literature Research Museum.

Academic and popular magazines. Search the index of magazine/journal articles held at National Diet Library.

Other University Research Guides in Japanese Studies

Interlibrary Loan & iLLiad

How to Order Items for Free

If Cal State LA does not have an article or book chapter, or if you are unable to access the physical copy, you can request an electronic copy through iLLiad. iLLiad is part of our Interlibrary Loan service.

Interlibrary Loan =

  • CSU Collections (aka CSU+): Delivers physical books and dvds from other CSUs for free.
  • iLLiad: Request electronic versions of articles and book chapters for free! (never pay for an article). If CSU+ does not have a book you need, you can also use iLLiad to request a book delivery from a non-CSU University.

The iLLiad sign-on screen is pictured below. First-time users will need to register.

Once you are signed in, you may see an auto-populated form ready to submit (if you came to iLLiad from a "request this article" link). Otherwise, you need to fill out a form to submit a "New Request" (see image below).

You may request any number of articles, and up to 2 book chapters per book (due to copyright). If you would like two book chapters from the same book scanned and emailed to you, complete one form per book chapter.

iLLiad Video Tutorial


GoogleScholar searches the entire web for scholarly materials.

Downside of using Google Scholar: 

  • There is no way to search for only peer-reviewed articles in academic journals.
  • It lists unpublished works, such as dissertations or theses, without a way to filter them out.
  • You will get millions of results organized by popularity (highest cited). 

Upsides of using Google Scholar:

  • You can easily search for an article by title.
  • You can press the "cited by" button to find similar articles and to see who else has cited the article.
  • Google Scholar can recognize you as a Cal State LA student so you have better access to articles (see below)


How to get Google Scholar to recognize you are a Cal State LA Student:

If Google Scholar knows you are a Cal State LA student, you will see "Find it @ Cal State LA" links, pictured below.

If you are on-campus, access Google Scholar from the library home page to ensure you are connected to Cal State LA's articles.

If you are off-campus, access Google Scholar from the library home page. If you do not go through the library homepage, make sure you add Cal State LA to your institutions:


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Los Angeles, CA 90032-8300