Find East Asian Materials

Library Catalog

East Asian materials in the University of Chicago Library’s collection are searchable through the Library Catalog.

Search by Romanization

In the Library Catalog, both keyword and “begins with” searches can be done in romanization (or transliteration). We use the Pinyin system for Chinese, modified Hepburn for Japanese, and McCune-Reischauer for Korean. For romanization for the CJK languages, check the following schemes:

Wade-Giles to Pinyin conversion
Modified Hepburn (reference via Library of Congress)

Search by East Asian Characters

Records for East Asian materials in the Library Catalog can also be searched in the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean scripts. For a comprehensive search for Chinese materials, you must do two searches; one using the simplified characters and the other using the traditional characters (search in the simplified characters retrieves only records in the simplified characters, and so does with the traditional characters).

On many computers, input in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean must be enabled in the operating system before it can be used.

Enabling input languages on Library computers

Enabling input languages on other computers

Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 

Mac OS 10.9 Mavericks, Mac OS 10.10 Yosemite, Mac OS 10.11 El Capitan

Card Catalog

The card catalog is located in the northeast corner (against the wall) of the fifth floor stacks in Regenstein. There are separate catalogs for Chinese, Japanese or Korean, plus the Classified Catalog and its Index to provide subject access. Please be aware that the card catalog covers only the materials that were added to the East Asian Collection before 1984. Later materials can only be searched in the Library Catalog.

For Chinese, the card catalog uses the older romanization, Wade-Giles, rather than Pinyin. View this table for converting Pinyin to Wade-Giles. For Japanese or Korean, the romanization is the same as what is used for online search (see above).