Online Knowledge Service

Online Knowledge Service is an online service where patrons make search requests or requests to the library online and the libraries give answers. After answers have been provided to the requests, the data will be registered and made available to anyone via online search function. This will allow patrons not only to receive conventional library reference services without actually visiting the library, but also to obtain necessary information by searching for similar cases by themselves.

(New function: November 7, 2009)
On November 7, 2009, new functions of Reading Note and User Review functions were added to the Online Knowledge Service. For details, please refer here.

How to Use the Service

You need to go through an authentication process to use the Online Knowledge Service. To be authenticated, you need a common authentication ID or an ID for the library portal. This service is available only to the University’s undergraduate students, graduate students, full-time faculty and staff, part-time faculty, and alumni.

Main Functions of the Online Knowledge Service

Reference Function

The reference function is a function to provide item, material location, and literature item investigation services to patrons. Please note the following when making a request for this service:

  1. Before placing a request, run a search for similar cases.
  2. The data you entered will be registered in the database (disclosure is optional).
  3. Avoid typographical errors and omissions as much as possible. Please be advised that we may correct the errors and omissions in your submitted data.
  4. We do not offer answers to examination or report tasks.
  5. All HTML tags entered will be ignored.
  6. Any personally identifiable information that you provide in the registration process will not be disclosed on the search system.

Request Registration Function

Comments and requests to the library are invited. As a rule, these comments and requests will be registered and disclosed. Please note the following when using this function:

  1. 1. For air conditioning and equipment problems and urgent matters, please report directly to the counter of each library.
  2. 2. Please check for similar examples before placing a request → Search System(Japanese language only)
  3. 3. Avoid typographical errors and omissions as much as possible. We may correct the errors and omissions in your submitted data.
  4. We do not answer to those messages that aim to defame certain individuals.
  5. All HTML tags entered will be ignored.
  6. Any personally identifiable information that you provide in the registration process will not be disclosed on the search system.

Reply Notice Function

This is a function to notify patrons of the library’s reply to their reference request and/or requests to the library. We use RSS for this function. RSS stands for Rich Site Summary and is a function used to deliver the latest information on news sites or blogs. A browser, such as Internet Explorer 7 (6 is non-RSS-compliant), or a dedicated RSS reader is required to use the function. Use of RSS will enable patrons to know that there is a reply from the library without logging into the system.

For details, please refer to Detailed Manual(Japanese language only).


Search Function

The search function(Japanese language only) allows patrons to search registered reference requests and requests to the Library. Searches are done by keyword and options are provided to designate an item type. In the future, we plan to register and post FAQs and other useful information on our online system on an as-needed basis.

The function also enables patrons to simultaneously search a variety of databases offered by National Diet Library.

Reading Note Function + User Review Function (launched on November 7, 2009)

The reading note function is a function to allow patrons to register the books that they have read or intend to read in the future. It also provides other functions, such as note taking and denoting own material evaluations with stars. The registered data can be downloaded as an Excel file, providing a useful material when creating a reference literature list for a graduation thesis, etc. The user review function is a function that allows patrons to publish their evaluations of materials they have already read. The evaluations can be registered and published by using the reading note function. The published reviews can be viewed via Library OPAC.

For details, please refer to User Manual (Japanese language only) and User Review Guidelines (Japanese language only).

About the System

The Online Knowledge System was developed as part of the active use of the library as a place of education program, which was adopted in 2007 as one of Tokushoku GPs (distinctive university programs promoted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology). This system is equipped with a consortium-type common operation function, which allows us to provide a greater amount of content to patrons by sharing the same system with more than one university. In the future, we plan to further improve the system environment so that we can increase the number of member universities and thereby provide a greater amount of useful content to patrons.

If you are interested in the system itself, please contact us via e-mail:
lib-webmaster(at)lib.meiji.ac.jp.

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