Searching local and world-wide online catalogues
- Searching the catalogue of Cambridge University libraries (iDiscover)
- Searching iDiscover in Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, Hindi/Sanskrit
- Searching iDiscover in Chinese or in Japanese
- Searching for e-journals and online databases
- Other useful world-wide catalogues (searchable in vernacular and Roman script)
a.) IN TRANSLITERATION (Recommended) : Not all books are catalogued in their original script. 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: You can only retrieve bibliographic records in original scripts if the cataloguer added such information to the transliterated records at the time of cataloguing. (Use cut & paste either from the Internet or Microsoft Input.)
a.) IN CHINESE SCRIPT : Click HERE for how to search iDiscover catalogue in transliteration.
b.) IN JAPANESE SCRIPT: click HERE for further information.
e.) Click HERE for how to search the iDiscover in transliteration.
- OTHER USEFUL GENERAL CATALOGUES
- (Language-specific catalogues are listed under relevant 'Selected online resources')
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 (mainly American libraries). It is a vast database which includes many monographs in their original languages, journal articles, chapters from edited monographs. It can be searched in transliteration or in the original language. Useful for retrieving bibliographic details of a monograph published in Hebrew, Arabic, Persian, 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.
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!