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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

 

iDiscover - how to search

Use this interface to search for physical and online resources (ebooks, ejournals, articles within online databases) across Cambridge University libraries. This platform can be searched in vernacular script. 

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

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:
    • In transliteration (recommended) : Not all books are catalogued in their original script. For best result, search in transliteration. 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.
      • Download the transliteration table and further instructions for Middle Eastern languages.
        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.
    • 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.)
  • Searching iDiscover catalogue for books written in Chinese or Japanese 

Online Catalogues

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.



iDiscover

Search across the physical collections of the University of Cambridge Library, as well as ebooks, databases, electronic journals and other online content



WorldCat

Essential general database comprising electronic catalogue of thousands of libraries. All American East Asian holdings are available here. When using the database, please note the following: libraries may differ in whether retrospective electronic conversion of their holding has taken place for CJK (Chinese, Japanese, Korean) books.