Last updated May 2013
SEARCHING THE CATALOGUES OF FACULTIES, DEPARTMENTS, COLLEGE LIBRARIES AND THE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY
Searchable in original script. Use this interface to search for online articles or monographs written in English, in Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Hebrew. This platform searches the vast majority of Cambridge's subscriptions (JSTOR, OUP, CUP, Chinese Academic Journals Database, CiNii). It also cross-searches Facta which contains newspaper articles in foreign languages from all over the world.
E-books and bibliographic records from Newton catalogue can also be retrieved here.
Use this interface to search for printed resources across University of Cambridge libraries and for e-books and e-journals. This platform cannot be searched in vernacular script.
Newton catalogue O-Z
Search this database for printed resources in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Library.
1. Searching the Newton catalogue for books written in ARABIC, PERSIAN:
a.) IN TRANSLITERATION : Not all books are catalogued in their original script, therefore, for best result, search in transliteration.
Please click HERE for the transliteration table and for further instructions. When typing into the search boxes ignore diacritics and hyphens, omit linking words and common words. Be aware that some classical authors retain the Latinised forms of their names - e.g. Avicenna, Averroes, Maimonides.
b.) IN ORIGINAL SCRIPT: Only publications which have been added to the collection since 2002 can be retrieved by searching in original script so beware of relying on this for older publications and classical authors. Use cut & paste either from the Internet or Microsoft Input. You can only search the Newton catalogue in original script by 'Keyword'.
OTHER USEFUL CATALOGUES
Most up-to-date union catalogue of Japanese publications. Bibliographic records appear in this database immediately after they have been catalogued. Searchable in Japanese. Search can be limited to UK libraries, participating European countries, Asia. Japan etc. (Please note that not all monographs in SOAS Library can be retreived in this database. )
COPAC (Academic and National Library Catalogue)
Gives free access to the merged online catalogues of major University and National Libraries in the UK and Ireland, including the British Library. It is searchable in Chinese, either in Pinyin transcription or in characters.
Provides access to on-line catalogues of libraries worldwide. .It is a vast database which includes many monographs in their original languages. It can be searched in transliteration or in the original language. Useful for retrieving bibliographic details of a monograph published in Hebrew, Arabic, Japanese, Chinese. It also lists the holding libraries of a particular monograph in the UK or abroad. RAVEN password is required to use this database outside the Cambridge domain.
UK UNION CATALOGUE OF CHINESE BOOKS
Contains all Chinese publications available in participating UK libraries.You can perform simultaneous search of all library catalogues or select the library of your interest. Can be searched in Pinyin or Chinese characters (use 'HELP' button for instructions).
UK UNION CATALOGUE OF JAPANESE BOOKS (includes journals);
A bibliographic database of Japanese publications which are available in the United Kingdom. After each title you can find a list of the holding libraries. It contains the same bibliographic records as CiNii but it is updated monthly only.(Please note that not all the SOAS records are included).
EUROPEAN UNION CATALOGUE OF JAPANESE BOOKS (+Journals)
Similar database to the UK Japanese Union Catalogue, expanding to Europe, covering the collections of participating institutions only. It contains the same bibliographic records as CiNii but it is updated monthly only.
UKIRA : UK Information Resources on Asia
Provides access to information about the wide range of resources relating to Asia, the Middle East and North Africa held in university, special and public libraries in the UK. Links to library catalogues under individual institution details
THE EUROPEAN LIBRARY
Gateway to Europe's national libraries.The European Library gives centralised access to the resources of the 48 national libraries of Europe. You can find all kind of material. Original documents, text books, maps, photographs, music, etc. And ….you can quickly check whether a national library has digitised a particular item!