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Some information on Image Public Access Catalogues (IPAC)

The Ancient Middle East, Central Asia, South East, and Far East catalogue as well as the Ancient China catalogue are so called Image Public Access Catalogues (IPAC). They are alphabetical catalogues, ordered according to alphabetical arrangement academic library rules (Regelwerk für die alphabetische Katalogisierung in wissenschaftlichen Bibliotheken - RAK) and they index the collection of the former Oriental sudies Department Library completely for the period from 1971 to 2000, but not before 1970.

In the Ancient China catalogue literature of the scientific field of Sinology, Central Asia and neighbouring territories are indexed. This literature was acquired in the period between 1946 - 1970. For European titles, the catalogues follow the Prussian Library instructions for alphabetical catalogues (Instruktionen für die alphabetischen Kataloge der preußischen Bibliotheken - PI). Titles in the Chinese language are seen as one word, important are the dashes between the  transliterated characters. They are transliterated in accordance to the Wade-Giles System.
Newer literature can be found in the OPAC of the Library of the Academy.

When using these catalogues please pay attention to the following points:

  • You can browse the catalogue by using the navigation system.
  • You can use either the input field or the alphabetical order above as an access point. As soon as the search is started by using the search field or by clicking a letter of the alphabet, the navigation system appears on the screen.
  • As soon as an image appears, you will see a frame on the right hand side of the screen. This shows links of the navigation map which can be clicked on in a series of 10 steps. You can see up to six links (-100 -5 -1 +1 +5 +100) with which you can search the collection above the image which appears on the screen.
  • If there are references in the catalogue to various titles from the same author or editor etc. you will see the beginning of the respective title on the navigation map links.
  • In some cases the description of the navigation map links is interrupted after a maximum of 40 spaces.
  • We chose randomised abbreviations for serial titles to guarantee the volume numbering.
  • Abbreviated first names are classified differently to first names written in full. This is why one author or editor can be indexed in several sites.
  • Articles which are in the beginning of a title, and also diacritical signs do not get considered in a catalogue search.
  • Although we were as careful as possible when creating these catalogues filing errors cannot be ruled out completely.

The former Oriental studies Department Library - including the Dictionary of the Ancient Egyptian language (Altägyptisches Wörterbuch) and the Turfan Studies reference collections - consists of about 30.000 volumes. Books from the Berlin department of the research group KOHD (Katalog der orientalischen Handschriften in Deutschland, i. e. Catalogue of the Oriental manuscripts in Germany) of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences can also be found here. The collection includes literature of the following subjects: Egyptology, Arabic studies, Hebrew/Jewish studies, Indology, Iranian studies, Japanology, Studies of the Cuneiform scripts, Korean Studies, Mongolian studies, Sinology, South-Asian studies, Syriac-Aramaic Philology, Tibetan studies, Turkish and Central Asian studies. Scholarly publications of the language, literature, history, history of religion, history of the arts and culture, archaeology, history of medicine, sciences and engineering and others belong to the collection. Popular scientific literature can also be found.

The acquisition policy depends on the profile of the research groups in the oriental field. The library purchases literature in the following fields:

  • Egyptology - especially philology, linguistics, lexicography focussing on text editions and text analysis and
  • Iranian studies and Turkish studies - especially history of religion and culture, history, philology, linguistics focussing on text editions and text analysis from Central Asia (especially the Silk Road) and other neighbouring subjects, and studies of Buddhism and Manichaeism

(see "... eine Stütze des Gedächtnisses" : die Akademiebibliothek in Geschichte und Gegenwart. Berlin 2000, S. 27-28)

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