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The Sudoc catalog

The Sudoc catalogue is a rich collection featuring over 12 million bibliographic records (monographs, theses, periodicals series and other types of documents). It also offers the possibility for users to find documents in the collections of academic and research libraries which belong to the Sudoc network. Sudoc also catalogues the serial collections from around 2 400 other French documentation centres.

Main features

Sudoc Catalog allows to :

  • run bibliographic searches ;
  • find out which libraries have the documents you require ;
  • consult documents by contacting the libraries which possess them ;
  • find the contact details and addresses of all libraries in the Sudoc network in the "Directory of Libraries" on the catalogue home page ;
  • directly access certain documents available in digital format by clicking on the clickable area of a bibliographic record or directly on the  icon in the results list which links to the on-line document ;
  • request an Inter-Library Loan (ILL) through your home university or research library.

Several access of Sudoc are possible:

  • public : access online ;  Z39.50
  • professional : WinIBW, Z39.50, API

Sudoc catalogue data can also be accessed via the Union catalogue of France (CCFr) which covers the holdings of the French National Library  (BnF) and French municipal libraries selected because their collections are of historical or local interest (BMR, Retroconverted Municipal Libraries).

Main features of the Sudoc catalogue

http://www.sudoc.abes.fr can be freely accessed using any internet browser.
With all bibliographic searches, it is possible to :

  • Choose between around twenty indexes which may be combined using the advanced search mode ;
  • Refine search equations using Boolean operators (and, or, not) ;
  • Sort results by author, date, relevance.

In advanced search mode :

  • Results can be filtered using different options such as type of document, year, publication language or country of publication. Other filters such as department, library and documentation centre are available to check whether a document is in a given collection;
  • The search by subject function can be accessed and users can browse through the index of “subject headings” which are mainly constructed on the basis of the Rameau syntax, a controlled vocabulary used by French librarians for subject-based indexing. The Mesh language which specialises in medical vocabulary is also used on Sudoc.

... other services available

  • access to full text articles via the  icon even with the shorter display of results;
  • faceted browsing replaces batch analysis enabling users to refine their searches;
  • optimisation of the Google Books link (Sudoc records are still displayed even if the Google server is not available);
  • autosuggest for the libraries filter in advanced search mode;
  • presentation and formatting of Sudoc records to facilitate their indexing by search engines such as Google or Yahoo;
  • additional ILL functions (independent requests, list of suppliers).

The Sudoc catalogue in Unicode

Since 2005, Sudoc catalogue is available in Unicode: records in "non-Latin" characters are able to enhance the catalogue.

If  UTF-8 doesn't work correctly, a Unicode font needs to be installed on your internet browser. See user help manual : Configuring Unicode

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