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Searching in Arabic (non-Roman) scripts & ALA/LC Transliteration Tables

Arabic (and non-Roman) Searching in the UT Libraries Catalog: Original Script

If you wish to search in the UT Libraries' catalog in the original script, start your search in the OCLC Advanced Search database (also known as WorldCat). Then limit your search using "Limit availability to" and "items in my library." Best practices include searching by title and/or author in the original script; keywords in original script will not be as effective in the OCLC database.

Arabic (and non-Roman) Searching in the UT Libraries Catalog: Transliteration

When searching the UT Libraries' catalog for non-Roman script materials, it is best to use the Library of Congress transliteration standards. Bear in mind that cataloging is a human, and therefore fallible, endeavor, so try multiple fields (title and/or author, subject, keyword and keyword strings) and simplify your search as much as possible to catch a larger number of potentially useful results.

Library of Congress Transliteration Table for Arabic

Library of Congress Transliteration Table for Persian

Library of Congress Transliteration Table for Ottoman Turkish

Library of Congress Transliteration Table for Kurdish (Roman, Cyrillic, Arabic scripts)

Library of Congress Transliteration Table for Kurdish (Perso-Arabic script)

Library of Congress Transliteration Table for Azerbaijani

Library of Congress Transliteration Table for Armenian

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