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Reference Resources

Print Japanese-English Dictionary Resources

The following language dictionaries can all be found on the 2nd (main) floor of the library. Search OneSearch to locate additional dictionaries, including some that are available to check out.

Online Japanese-English Dictionary Resources

Multiple Languages

Print Reference Resources:

Tredway Library uses the Library of Congress (LOC) Classification system to organize our physical collection. Consider searching in the following sections of our reference collection, located on the 2nd (main) floor of the library. Remember that the following call numbers are helpful for this subject area:

  • PL 501-889: Japanese dictionaries and literature materials
  • DS: Asian history and culture materials
    • DS801-897: Japanese History and Culture

Important note: reference books can't leave the library! You may photocopy some pages that are helpful, but the physical material can't be checked out the way that circulating books can. If you need to access reference books while you're outside the library, our electronic reference tools are very helpful. 


Japanese Online Reference Resources:

  • Japan Biographical Database (JBDB): "database aimed at accumulating information on historical figures related to Japan"
  • Jlit: online reference guide to Japanese literary history and author index
  • Web Japan: Run by Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, "Web Japan provides information about Japan including facts, fun and new trends, traditional and pop culture, science and technology, food, travel, and life style."
  • Japanese Architecture and Art Net Users System (JAANUS): "on-line Dictionary of Japanese Architectural and
    Art Historical Terminology" compiling "approximately 8000 terms related to traditional Japanese architecture and gardens, painting, sculpture and art-historical iconography from approximately the 1st century A.D. to the end of the Edo period (1868)


General eReference Databases: