CiNii – Scholarly and Academic Information Navigator, Japan


CiNii (Scholarly and Academic Information Navigator) is a service from Nii (National Institute of Informatics) in Japan with academic information on articles, books, journals & dissertations. It is available free of charge for anyone.

CiNii Articles enables you to search information on academic articles published in academic society journals, university research bulletins or articles included in the National Diet Library’s Japanese Periodicals Index Database.

CiNii Books enables you to search information of books and journals held by university libraries in Japan and contains wide variety of books – recent books, classics, foreign books, CD, DVD, etc. .It is possible to search for about 10 million titles held in 1200 university libraries (totaled over 100 million books), and about 1.5 million authors of these books that has been accumulated through the online cataloging system (NACSIS-CAT) which NII provides.

CiNii Dissertations is a database service that lets you search for information on dissertations written for doctoral degrees in Japan .
The search function uniformly covers dissertations made available in repositories of universities and other academic institutions in Japan as well as those archived in the National Diet Library.

For articles which are not available in full-text via CiNii there is a bibliographic download function which simplifies ordering of article copies from the National Diet Library. NDL delivers

  • In Japanese and English.

Basic user guide

CiNii – Scholarly and Academic Information Navigator, Japan