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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies


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

Last updated December 2021

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).

Once you input your search terms in the search box, NARROW IT DOWN  to a ibrary or to print or online resources to avoid  too many unnecessary results using the drop-down menu next to the search box. 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 using your RAVEN password. 

(You can also search for newspapers, journals, e-books or see the full list of subscription-based databases from the Cambridge Libraries web page HERE.

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

  • In original script: You can only retrieve bibliographic records in original scripts if the cataloguer added such information to the transliterated bibliographic records at the time of cataloguing. Therefore, we recommend that you always search iDiscover both in original script and in transliteration to get the best result. (Use cut & paste either from the Internet or Microsoft Input.)
    • ​Chinese: information regarding the Chinese Collections and  catalogues in the Cambridge University Library click HERE
    • ​​Japanese: information regarding the Japanese Collections Catalogues on the Cambridge 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