Using the KGU Library

There are many resourses in the KGU library that foreign students may wish to use. There are, for example, many English books (mixed in with the Japanese books), English newspapers and magazines, and video boothes that provide access via satellite to foreign news in English and other languages. The trick is knowing what's available, where it is, and how to use it.
  • Searching the catalogue

    The catalogue can be searched through the "reference menue" on the Internet or through the terminals located in the library. The basic search pattern is the same.

    • How to search

      If you are doing a key-word search, enter each word individually into one blank (e.g. two words require two blanks).

      If you are doing an author search, type the surname and then the given name separated only by a space (e.g. "Smith John").

      You can also search for Japanese material through this menue. For information on Japanese search formats see the "Japanese Search Guide" (in Japanese only).

    • Book location

      "General books" can be found on the first floor. Books listed as "study" are in faculty offices. Students can borrow these books by filling out an application at the main desk on the first floor. One has to wait a few days for the book to come in from the faculty member's office but it may often be worth the trouble. If there is any other location listed that does not make sense please ask one of the library staff on duty.

  • Browsing

    If there is a particular subject area in which you have an interest, simply going to the part of the library in which those books are shelved and browsing is often more rewarding than using the computer terminal to search. To determine the call number for the subject area(s) you wish to browse, view the "Nippon Decimal Classification Table" I have prepared. Another way to find a call number for browsing is to do a search on the "reference menue" and then browse the shelves near a book that interests you. At any rate, once you know the call number(s), all you need to do is find that area on the first floor of the library and start looking for the English language books that are mixed in with the Japanese books.

This is incomplete. In the future, I will add information about viewing international television news (second floor), newspapers (second floor), and foreign magazines (third floor). I will also offer some advice regarding getting help from the reference desk with CD-ROM searches, Interlibrary loan, etc. (second floor).