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Japan Studies: Manga

This page shows you how to get the most from our library resources for finding good information for your research projects.

Books on Manga

Books on Manga

The library has many books on Manga. Search the Library Catalog in InfoKat Discovery by entering "Manga" in the search box.

Ohio State University Libraries

Manga - LibraryWiki, Ohio State University Libraries

Provides useful links and tips for manga research. Excellent resource when starting academic research on manga. While information on books applies to Ohio State University Library users, UK students can search our library catalog to see if we have the book.

Information provided includes:


Academic Search Complete

Academic Search Complete

Good place to start your search on a wide range of subjects. You can enter keywords (e.g.. manga) and Japan to search for scholarly or magazine articles on Japan.  Alternatively, type keywords and Japan, then select "Geographic Terms" from the pull-down menu.

Here are results for a search on "Hello Kitty."



"Mechademia: An Annual Forum for Anime, Manga and the Fan Arts. Mechademia’s subject area extends from manga and anime to game design, fashion, graphics, packaging, and toy industries, as well as a broad range of fan practices related to popular culture in Japan. We are interested in how the academic and fan communities can provide new possibilities for critical thinking and popular writing. Mechademia appears annually, published by University of Minnesota Press."   UK Libraries has tnine volumes.

Finding Manga at UK

Both English translations of manga and Japanese manga are held in the W.T. Young Library.

To find manga, search in InfoKat Discovery's Library Catalog advance search by entering "manga" in the subject box.

Most have call numbers that start with PN6790.J34.

Comic books and manga

A story of legendary swordsman and founder of Niten Ichi-ryū (a style of Japanese swordsmanship), Musashi Miyamoto, author of The Book of Five Rings. Vagabond is based on a Eiji Yoshikawa's fictionMusashi.

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Hiizurutokorono tenshi (日出処の天使) Japanese Coming soon!

A fictional story of prince Umayado (Shōtoku taishi) druing the Aska period by Ryoko Yamagishi.