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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies


This page lists general online catalogues only. For catalogues containing publications in original scripts please go to the relevant  'Selected online resources' page

iDiscover (Catalogue of holdings of all Cambridge University libraries)

Use this interface to search for physical and online resources (ebooks, ejournals, articles within online databases) across all Cambridge University libraries (the UL, faculty and college libraries). This platform can be searched in vernacular scripts if title/author has been added to the catalogue record. 

Once you input your search terms you can limit your search to library only or to print or online resources. Use Advanced Search for exact hits.  

In order to be able to harvest articles from all databases, it is advised that you always log in to iDiscover from the top right hand corner.

To see the full list of journals or databases go to eresources & ejournals at Cambridge website. Here you can further refine your search by subjects selected from the drop-down menu.

Searching iDiscover catalogue for books written in Arabic, Persian, Hebrew or Sanskrit, Chinese or Japanese:

  • In transliteration (recommended) : Not all books are catalogued in their original scripts. For best result, search in transliteration.
  • 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.)
    • ​Chinese: information regarding the Chinese Collections and  catalogues in the University Library click HERE
    • ​​Japanese: information regarding the Japanese Collections Catalogues on the University Library website
    • Middle Eastern languages & Sanskrit: for information on these collections click HERE



British Library East Asian resources

British Library Middle Eastern Collections

Gives free access to the merged online catalogues of major University and National Libraries in the UK and Ireland, including the British Library.

Most of the books held in the Cambridge University Library can be searched from here including those of the Chinese Section in the UL. It is searchable in Chinese, either in Pinyin transcription or in characters.

SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies Library)

University of Oxford Library