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Index

  1. 1. Search Functions
  2. 2. Viewer

1. Search Functions and the Transition of Screens

1-0.Overview

The National Diet Library Digital Collections provides Keyword Search, Advanced Search etc.

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1-1.Keyword Search

Enter one or more keywords in Japanese characters in the search box.

Keyword Search

When entering more than one keyword, separate the words by a space. Any word from the title, the table of contents, or the description as well as the names of the creator or publisher can be used as keywords. Bibliographic ID (*) and Persistent ID (**) can also be keywords.
**A Bibliographic ID is an identifier given to each bibliographic record that can be searched for in the National Diet Library Online Public Access Catalog (NDL-OPAC).
**A persistent identifier is an identifier given to each title, in the form of "info:ndljp/pid/{NUMBER}".

You can search targeted materials by access restrictions with checking the checkboxes, "Available Online" ,“Available only at the NDL and partner libraries" and "Available only at the NDL". If you are interested in all titles, please select all checkbox.

  • Available Online: online available
  • Available only at the NDL and partner libraries: available only within the facilities of the NDL and on the site of the partner libraries in Japan.
  • Available only at the NDL: available only within the facilities of the NDL

*About Historical Recordings, you can listen to all recordings (included NDL only tag recordings) in the participating libraries.

You can restrict the search range to a specific collection by selecting a collection from the pull-down menu.

collection-search

If more than one keyword is entered, the search results will be a list of items which contain all the keywords at some place in their metadata. Keyword(s) will be highlighted in the results.

Search Results

In the "Search Results," different volumes of the same periodical will be listed if the item contains the keyword in the title, the publisher name etc. Please click on "Aggregate items of the same title" from the left column, to curtail individual volume data.

1-2.Advanced Search

The advanced search interface will be opened if you click on "Advanced Search" on the right side of keyword search box.

Please choose the material type from the menu bar at the top, and then specify the search parameters. Different material types have different parameter sets.

Advanced Search

If you choose "ALL", you can search by parameters explained below.

Table1 Table of Advanced Search fields
No. Tab Explanation
1 Access Restrictions You can search targeted materials by access restrictions with checking the checkboxes.
  • "Available Online": online available
  • "Available only at the NDL and partner libraries":available only within the facilities of the NDL and on the site of the partner libraries in Japan
  • "Available only at the NDL": available only within the facilities of the NDL
2 Material Type A required field. Check the boxes of the material type you want to search in.
3 Keyword Enter a keyword in Japanese characters. You can search by any word(s) in the title, the table of contents, the description, analyses, transcription or the names of the creator and/or publisher.
4 Title Enter the title you are searching for.
5 Table of Contents Enter the word(s) which can be included in the table of contents.
6 Creator Enter the names of the creators (authors, editors, performers etc.) of the content.
Click on the "Author List" to see a creator list.
7 Publication Place Enter the place of publication.
8 Publisher Enter the personal or corporate name of the publisher.
9 Publication Date Enter the year, month, date of publication. You can leave month and day parameters empty. You can search by specifying the exact date or a range.
10 Subject Enter the subject of the item you are searching for.
11 NDC Enter a Nippon Decimal Classification code.
You can select the code from the list.
More than one NDC code can be specified by clicking on "Add".
12 NDLC Enter a National Diet Library Classification code.
13 Provider Enter a provider code (Applicable only when searching Online Publications).
You can select the code from the list.
More than one provider code can be specified by clicking on "Add".
14 Identifiers
  • ISBN
    International Standard Book Number (13 digit/10 digit)
  • ISSN
    International Standard Serial Number (8 digit)
  • Persistent ID
    Identifiers given to uniquely identify the items contained in this system, represented in the form of "info:ndljp/pid/{NUMBER}"
  • Bibliographic ID
    Identifiers given to each bibliographic data provided on the NDL-OPAC
  • JP Number(JPNO)
    Numbers given to the titles included in the Japanese National Bibliography (8 digit)
15 Call Number Call numbers to locate the physical copy held in the NDL.
16 Journal Title Enter the journal title in which the article you are searching for would be contained.
17 Journal Volume Enter the journal volume in which the article you are searching for would be contained.
18 Bibliographic Level You can specify the bibliographic level of the item you are searching for.
19 Language Specify the language used in the item by entering the language code.
You can choose from the list. You can enter more than one value.
20 Results Sorted By
  • Primary Sort / Secondary Sort
    You can sort the results by title, creator name, publication date, or call number. Choose "Ascending" or "Descending".
  • Records per Page
    Choose from 10, 20, 40, 60, 80, and 100. The initial setting is 20.
21 Boolean Operators (parameters within a field) Choose "AND" or "OR".
22 Boolean Operators (parameters of different fields) Choose "AND" or "OR".
23 Search Click to execute the advanced search.
If any of the required fields are missing parameters, an error message will be shown.
24 Clear Reset all the parameters and go back to the initial settings.
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1-3.Search Tips

(1)Normalization of Characters
  • This system does not distinguish between the following:
    • Alphabet (Upper/Lower cases, Full-/Half- width)
    • Numbers (Full-/Half- width)
    • Variants of Chinese Characters (example: 竜 or 龍)
    • Hiragana/Katakana: Search results will be the same if you enter a keyword in Hiragana or in Katakana.
    • Yo-on(Contracted sound)/Soku-on(Choked Sound): Upper case "や", "ゆ","よ", "つ" and lower case "ゃ", "ゅ", "ょ", "っ" are recognized as the same letter.
  • This system does not recognize the following characters.
    <Half-width Characters>
    !?=^_#$&~|,/"()[]<>{}:;*.'`+\
    <Full-width Characters>
    、。,.・: ;?!゛゜´`¨^ ̄_/\~∥∥…‥‘’“”
    ()〔〕[]{}〈〉《》「」『』【】+-±×÷=≠<>≦≧
    ∞∴♂♀°′″¥$¢£#&*§☆★○●◎◇◆□■△▲▽▼※
    〒→←↑↓∈∋⊆⊇⊂⊃∪∩∧∨¬⇒⇔∀∃∠⊥⌒∂∇≡≒≪≫
    √∽∝∵∫∬ʼn♯♭♪†‡¶◯─│┌┐┘└├┬┤┴┼━┃┏
    ┓┛┗┣┳┫┻╋┠┯┨┷┿┝┰┥┸╂
(2)Left side Match / Exact Match / Phrase Match search

These functions are only available in the fields "Title", "Creator", and "Publisher".

  • Left side Match Search
    Please enter "/" before the keyword.
    Example: When entered "/ 図書館", the results will be the titles which begin with "図書館" such as "図書館","図書館の歴史" , and "図書館学概論".
  • Exact Match Search
    Please enter "/" before and after the keyword.
    Example: When entered "/図書館/", the result will be the items titled exactly as "図書館".
  • Phrase Match Search
    Please put a phrase in double quotations "".
    Example: When "library work" is entered, the result includes titles such as "the library work", but excludes "work in library" etc.
(3)Specification of the Publication Year of Rare books and Old items by Japanese Era Name (Gengo, 元号)before Meiji

Enter the era name in the keyword field of the Advanced Search of the Rare books and Old items.

Example: When "慶應" is entered in the keyword field, the results will include titles published in the 慶應年間 (Keio period, 1865-1868).

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1-4.Other Search Functions

(1)Collection Search

The collection search interface will be opened if you click on "List" link on top page. First, select the target group from "Digitized Contents" and "Online publications". (See below)

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Collection Search

If you choose "Digitized Contents", you will see a list of material types on the left. Three numbers in brackets separated by /, following the names of each material type. The number on the left is the quantity of items available online, the number on the middle is the quantity of items available at the NDL and partner libraries, the number on the right is the quantity of the all digitized items. Please click on the number to browse.

Example: To search Nishiki-e which are available online, please click on the number on the left.

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(2)Theme Search

The "Theme Search" can be opened by clicking on "here".

Theme Search

Contents are categorized according to the Nippon Decimal Classification (NDC).

You will see three numbers in brackets separated by /, following the names of each material type. The number on the left is the quantity of items available online, the number on the middle is the quantity of items available at the NDL and partner libraries, the number on the right is the quantity of the all digitized items within the material type. Please click on the number to browse.

Example: If you want to browse the titles included in the classification "2 General History" that are available online, please click on the number on the left.

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2. About the Viewer

2-1.Search Results

In the Search Results, up to 1,000 records will be shown per one search. If more than 1,000 records are hit, please refine the results using the facets in the left-hand column.

Search Results

Table2 Explanation of Search Results Viewer
No. Tab Explanation
1 Search conditions The search conditions entered to obtain the result list is shown here.
2 Records per Page and Sort Conditions The settings can be changed here.
3 Page Turner The first, previous, next, or last pages can be viewed by clicking on the arrows, and the pages specified by number by clicking on the number.
4 Search Results The hit records are shown in the format below.

Title. Volume number. Collection (Series name) / Creator (Publisher, Publication Date), Carrier Title (for Journals or book Series)
Please click on the title to view the images of the item.
As for periodicals, the search results shows separate records for each volume, and in addition to records of individual volume, a meta-record for all the volumes of the journal is shown.

例)
 月刊図書館【全号まとめ】 - Metadata of the journal title
 月刊図書館.1号 -Metadata of the individual volumes of the journal title
 月刊図書館.2号 -Metadata of the individual volumes of the journal title
 月刊図書館.3号 -Metadata of the individual volumes of the journal title
 
If you click on the metadata of the journal title, all the volumes under that title will be shown in a tree. Please select a volume in the tree to see the content.

5 Access Restrictions
  • Available only at the NDL
    Available only within the facilities of the NDL
    ※Historical recordings are also accessible in the participating libraries.
  • Available only at the NDL and partner libraries
    The item is available only within the facilities of the NDL and on the site of the partner libraries (in Japanese).
  • No tag
    The item is only accessible within the facilities of the NDL.
6 Collection the Collection, that the item belong to
About the explanation of each collection, you can read About this database 4. overview of the digital contents of this database.
7 TOC/volume button When the item has part titles or consists of multiple volumes, "TOC/volume" button will be shown. Click on the button to see the "TOC/volume". (See 13 below)
8 Additional Information If the searched word is found in the table of contents, summaries, analyses, or transcriptions, the containing fields will be shown here with the keywords highlighted. By clicking the arrow markarrow, the found flame or file will be opened.
9 Thumbnail(s) Click here to see thumbnails of all the images of the item.
10 "Refine" / "TOC/volume" Choose the method to narrow the range of the results. "Refine" (See 11 and 12 below), or "TOC/volume" (See 13 below). The "TOC/volume" tab will be shown only after clicking on the "TOC/vol." label in the search result (See 7). -> (10)-2
11 Refine by Keyword Enter an additional keyword to refine your search.
12 Refine by Facet Refine your search result using the facets "Access Restrictions", "Collection", "Provider", "NDC", and "Publication year". You can also shorten the list by clicking on "Aggregate items of the same title".
13 TOC/volume If the book or rare books contain part information about its content, the table of contents will be shown, so that the relevant part of the item can be accessed.
For periodicals, the volumes under the title will be shown, so that the relevant volume can be accessed.
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2-2.Content Viewer

The content and the detailed bibliographic information will be displayed as follows on the Content Viewer.

The Content Viewer consists of (a) Bibliographic Information Area, (b) Content Area, and (c) Title Area.

Content Viewer


2-2(a).Bibliographic Information Area

You can see bibliographic information about the item here. Click on the tabs to select the information you want to see from "Analyses"(a-3), "Table of Contents"(a-2), and "Metadata"(a-1). You can change the width of area by dragging the right-edge.

Bibliographic Information Area

Table3 Explanation on the Bibliographic Information Area
No. Tab Explanation
a-1 Metadata The metadata of the items is shown here.
  • a-1.1: Upper Level Metadata
    Upper level metadata is shown here (cf. If you are viewing an article, metadata of the journal that carries the article is shown here.) See also 2-1 (13).
  • a-1.2: Metadata
    The Simple Record View shows;
    • Persistent ID
    • Title (Volume Number)
    • Creator
    • Publisher
    • Publication Date
    • Call Number
    • Bibliographic ID
    • DOI (only Doctoral Dissertation, Rare books and Old Materials, the publications issued by the NDL)
    • Journal Title / Part Of
    • ISBN
    • ISSN
    • Source (URL)
    • Access Restrictions
    • Note
      Click on "Detailed Record View" to see all metadata fields.
      This database uses DC-NDL, with some additional fields.
  • a-1.3: Additional Information about the Content
    Shown only when applicable.
a-2 TOC / volume When the item has part titles, the table of contents will be shown. When the item consists of multiple volumes, volume information will be shown. Click on the part title or the volume number to jump to the first page of the part/volume.
a-3 Analysis Some of the Rare Books and Old items have analyses.
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2-2(b).Content Area

Different types of item have different Content Areas. There are three kinds of Content Area, (b-1)Image Viewer(b-2)File List, (b-3)Media Player.

2-2(b-1).Image Viewer

The following figure and table explain the functions of the Image Viewer.
An image can be moved by drag and drop.

Viewer

Table4 Explanation of the Image Viewer
No. Tab Explanation Shortcut Key
*Access Key
Smartphone/
Tablet pc
1 Thumbnail List 20 thumbnails will be shown on one page. Click on a thumbnail or click on the "Thumbnail List" button again to go back to the Image Viewer. t
2 Frame Turner Click to go to the first, previous, next, or last frame. First: home
Previous: ←
Next: →
Last: end
Previous: flick to right
Next: flick to left
3 Frame List Choose a frame number from the List, to move to a specific page.
4 URL Click here, and the URL of the frame currently shown will be displayed. *u
5 Whole Picture Click here to merge part pictures of a large item (maps, scrolls etc.) into one image.
While the whole picture is displayed, this button can be used to return to a part picture.
6 Print Click here to open the Print/Save window.
From the Print/Save window, a PDF file of the item can be obtained. You can save or print the PDF file.
*p
7 Full Screen View Expand the Viewer to the largest possible size on your browser.
Click on "Full Screen View OFF" to return to the original setting.
f
8 Fit Fit the size of the image to the viewer size. g
9 Horizontal Fit Fit the size of the image to the width of the viewer. h
10 Rotate Rotate the image. Rotate counter-clockwise: j
Rotate clockwise: k
11 Zoom In/Out Move the bar to zoom in or out. The mouse wheel can also be used to zoom in and out. Zoom In: +
Zoom Out: -
Zoom In: Pinch Out
Zoom Out: Pinch in
12 Overview ON/OFF Default setting is OFF. To display an overview of the item, please click here. l
13 JPEG View To download images in JPEG format, click here.
Choose the desirable size from 100%, 50%, 25%, 12.5%, 6.25%, and 3.125%.

*The Access Key is indicated by "*".
 To use access keys on Windows IE8, press "ALT"+ {Access Key}, on Windows FireFox3, press "ALT" + "SHIFT"+ {Access Key}.

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2-2(b-2).File List

A file list is displayed when there are materials that include audio, PDF, or formats other than image data.

  • (1) Click on the number to display an individual file, the image viewer, or media player.
  • (2) Click on the File List button to toggle the display between the file list, individual files, the image viewer, or the media player.
  • (3) Click on the file name to download, view, or listen to the file.

File List

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2-2(b-3).Media Player

For audio and video files, a media player is displayed.
    NB: Requires Adobe Flash Player.Please refer to the following page for recommended minimum operating environment.

Audio Player

Table5 Explanation Table of the Media Player
No. Tab Explanation Shortcut Key
1 Play/Pause Use this button to play and pause the sound. The sound is automatically played when the file is first opened. p
2 Stop Click on this button to stop playing. s
3 Changing the aspect ratio to 4:3 Click this button to change the aspect ratio to 4:3.
*Changing the aspect ratio sometimes distorts the video images.
w
4 Changing the aspect ratio to 16:9 Click this button to change the aspect ratio to 16:9.
*Changing the aspect ratio sometimes distorts the video images.
w
5 Sequence Bar Indicate the point of the audio file currently played. Move the bar to jump to a specific point. →: +10seconds
←: -10seconds
6 Mute The sound can be muted. Click again to reset the mute. m
7 Volume Slider Adjust the volume by moving the bar. ↑: +5%
↓: -5%

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2-2(c).Title Area

The title of the item is displayed here.

Title Area


  • (1) Click here to return to the Search Results.
  • (2) The title of the item shown in "Content Area" is displayed here.
  • (3) Depending on the material type, one or more of the following will be displayed.
  • Previous Volume, Next Volume
    Use these buttons to access the previous and next volumes of a periodical title or book series. This function is available only with titles with relevant metadata.
    For Nishiki-e, links to "Previous Item" and "Next Item" will be displayed instead.
  • Find other Volumes
    Many book series lack metadata to identify the order of the books. In this case, all titles included in the series will be shown by clikcking here.
  • Volume List, Article List
    These buttons will be displayed when looking at the "Online publications" which have volumes and articles. Please click to access the lists.
    ※See also 2-1. Search Result (6)-1、(6)-2.

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