It tends to be the easiest way to use the quick-search box on the homepage of the Göttingen State and University Library. If you use the search field in the Göttingen University Catalogue, please make sure that the search key is set on ‘[ALL] all words’ or the appropriate search category.
Another useful search strategy is advanced search. To access it, go to: SUB homepage - English – Göttingen University Catalogue –English (top left corner) - Advanced Search.
This advanced search offers the opportunity to search for certain forms of media like maps, online periodicals, audio or video resources (DVDs, audio language courses, ethnic music etc.). You can also choose the language or country of origin but you have to type in some search words in the top slots. If you are looking for language courses, for example, you can type in the keyword ‘Sprachkurs’ in combination with the language.
1. Search for media with a specified language
You can look for media in a specific language by using the keyword ‘spr’ (only possible in the German version of the Göttingen University Catalogue, as it is the shortcut for Sprache, German for language) and the language code. If you use the English version of the search page, please use ‘lng’, short for language, instead of ‘spr’.
The language codes are listed here. Select the code of the language you are looking for. Now go back to the first step, i. e. the library homepage. Type in ‘spr’ and the language code in the quick-search box. This way, search for ‘spr mnc’, for example, will retrieve all books in the Manchurian and Sibo languages.
’spr mon’ will retrieve all titles in Mongolian, ‘spr bua’ - all titles in Buryat, ‘spr xal’ - in Kalmyk etc.
Note: For some languages there are no specific language codes, for example, for Oirat, for which either the language code for Kalmuck (spr xal) or Mongolian (spr mon) is used. The same problem occurs with Oirotic or Altai-Turkic, in which case the general language code for Altaic (spr tut) is used. Older books often happen to have no language code assigned to them. Certain mix-ups may also occur. For instance, ‘spr kr’ will retrieve books in Karelian and in Korean, while if you use ‘kal’ instead of ‘xal’ for Kalmuck you will end up with the Inuit language of Greenland.
2. Search for media from a certain country
The search key for country is ‘lan’ followed by the country code. E. g.: All media from mainland China: ‘lan XB-CN’.
You can find the list for all country codes here.
3. Combination of search keys
Search keys can be combined using ‘and’ between them. Additional operators are ‘or’ and ‘not’.
For example, to search for books written in the Mongolian language and published in China type in the following combination: ‘spr mon and lan XB-CN’, or ‘spr mon and lan XB-MN’ if you are looking for books in Mongolian published in the Republic of Mongolia.
Please note that keywords, language codes and other codes have not been assigned to older books. A systematic search will always retrieve only a certain selection of titles. You should also use other search strategies (explanations will follow below).