Diacritics, Ligatures, & Non-Roman Alphabets
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:
Use khorosho (ALA) - Not xoroso (International)
Use 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."
Use Diwan al buhturi - not D¯iw¯an al-Buhtur¯i
Use Wadih fi usul al fiqh - not al-W¯adih f¯i us¯ul 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."
Use Kayits shel Aviha - not ha-Kayits shel Aviha
Use Ivrit me-alef ad tav - not `Ivrit me-alef `ad ta
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