Diacritics appear in records for materials in many languages. As a general rule, searches should be entered without diacritics. Do not include a space for any diacritics that you omit except for hyphens. For example, to search for "La femme d'à côté," enter "femme da cote," omitting the initial article "La." Similarly, a search for "Böll, Heinrich" should be entered "Boll, Heinrich."
Most special characters in Western European languages should be searched using the closest Roman script letter. For example:
|Français||Search as Francais|
|Grønland||Search as Gronland|
Combined letters are searchable as two separate letters.
|Ælfric||Search as Aelfric|
|Weiß||Search as Weiss|
The catalog is currently moving from Wade-Giles to (External) Pinyin transliteration for Chinese records. For the time being, users may need to search both ways to find a full set of records.
|Mao, Tse-tung||Wade-Giles transliteration|
|Mao, Zedong||Pinyin transliteration|
Use (External) ALA romanization rules , not the International system. For example:
|khorosho (ALA)||Not xoroso (International)|
|Pushkin, Aleksandr Sergeevich (ALA)||Not Puskin, Alexander Sergeevich (International)|
Arabic is transliterated according to (External) ALA romanization rules . When searching for materials in Arabic, it is not necessary to enter breathing marks, hyphens, or other diacritics. Spacing is important, however. Omit initial articles (al-) from title searches. If you omit hyphens, leave a space. For example, "al-buhturi" can also be searched as "al buhturi."
|D¯iw¯an al-Buhtur¯i||Search as Diwan al buhturi|
|al-W¯adih f¯i us¯ul al-fiqh||Search as Wadih fi usul al fiqh|
Hebrew is transliterated according to (External) ALA romanization rules and approximates modern Israeli pronunciation. Drop the initial definite article (ha-) when searching titles in Hebrew transliteration. If you omit hyphens, leave a space. For example, "ve-eleh" can also be searched as "ve eleh."
|ha-Kayits shel Aviha||Search as Kayits shel Aviha|
|`Ivrit me-alef `ad tav||Search as Ivrit me-alef ad tav|
|Ve-eleh shenot||Search as Ve-eleh shenot|
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Last Updated: 3/19/14