Users can search for materials in the Japanese collection by accessing the Library of Congress Online Catalog.
Searching in romanized Japanese
When conducting an initial search with Japanese terms, it is best to use romanized Japanese to ensure the broadest search possible. Some catalog records for materials published prior to 1980 contain only romanized Japanese in their catalog records. In addition, items published prior to 1946 typically include older Chinese character forms (kyūjitai 旧字体), which the online catalog treats as entirely separate characters. For guidelines on romanization standards, please consult the Library's Japanese romanization table.
Notes on variant character forms
Searching in romanized Japanese is also recommended for reasons related to the use of variant character forms.
For for information on non-MARC21 characters and their MARC21 equivalents, please reference the CJK Compatibility Database.