Using Chinese, Japanese & Korean Characters in the Catalog

Catalog users can now locate the Library's Chinese, Japanese and Korean (CJK) language materials by selecting keyword searches and inputting search terms in CJK characters. [Browse and keyword searching using Roman (Latin) alphabet equivalents continue to be options.]

For purposes of keyword indexing, each CJK character is treated as a single word.

Using the Library's Public Workstations (Windows XP) to Input CJK

1. Open the Catalog in Internet Explorer.

2. Click EN--or whatever two-character code appears--on the Language icon on the Windows TaskBar (bottom of the screen).

3. Select the language you want and the two-character code on the TaskBar will change to your choice, e.g., KO for Korean.

4. Select a keyword index and input your keywords by typing the Roman (Latin) alphabet equivalent--Pinyin should be used for Chinese. When you type, e.g., "mao zedong", 毛泽东 appears as your keyword search term. Notice that a separate input box pops up and CJK characters appear in the search term box as you type the Roman (Latin) characters. Press the Enter key or the space bar after each character.

5. Press the Enter key or the space bar to finish.

6. Click the Go button or press the Enter key to execute your search.

7. To switch to another language, click the two-character Language icon, select another language, and continue searching.

Chinese Input on the Library's Public Workstations (Windows XP)

When selecting Chinese as an input option, notice that you can choose either "Chinese (PRC)" (simplified) or "Chinese (Taiwan)" (traditional).
In either case, typing a word in Pinyin will result in a Chinese character(s). If it is not the correct character, a list of other possibilities can be displayed by pressing the left arrow key (for simplified) or the down arrow key (for traditional). Use the scroll bar to navigate through the choices. Type either the corresponding number or select and click to enter the desired character into the search term box.

Works in Chinese can be printed using traditional or simplified characters. When a catalog record is created for a work, the characters printed on the piece are input into the record. So if you wish to be reasonably certain that your Chinese-character search is comprehensive, you should conduct two searches: one by inputting your search term using "Chinese (PRC)" and one by inputting your search term using "Chinese (Taiwan)".

There are a variety of input methods for Chinese. Generally speaking, the Library workstations are set for Pinyin. If you want to experiment with other options, see the directions below on how to set up language input options on your computer.

How CJK Displays in the Catalog

Material published in Chinese, Japanese or Korean is cataloged using both CJK characters and Roman (Latin) alphabet equivalents. The Catalog record displays Roman characters, then CJK for standard bibliographic data such as author, title, series, physical description, subject headings, place of publication, publisher, notes, etc. Be aware that not all records have CJK for Roman equivalents and some records have CJK for some bibliographic data but not all, e.g., Chinese for a title and an author, but not for a subject heading.

How to Set Up Language Input Options on Your Computer