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The catalogue Sudoc

With over 13 million references, the catalogue Sudoc, national bibliographic database for Higher Education and Research, is a centralized access point to the documentary resources available in the 3000 member libraries of the Sudoc / Sudoc PS networks. The catalogue Sudoc provides bibliographic records describing all types of documentary resources:

  • printed documents: books, magazines, newspapers, etc.
  • digital resources: online journals, e-books, corpora ISTEX... accessible from the digital environments of libraries and/or freely available on the Web
  • PhD theses defended since 1981 (online access offered if available); all types of academic work and publications ...
  • other types of resources : maps, scores, audio-visual resources, etc.

Note: a significant number of Sudoc records describe resources in the original script (non-Latin characters), which requires Unicode configuration for correct display on the screen.

Available services

The catalogue Sudoc is available to users - mainly students, teachers and researchers - for any in-depth documentary research on all the higher education and research resources available in ESR libraries. Because of the wealth of data, the catalogue Sudoc is an indispensable tool for compiling bibliographies.

The catalog Sudoc is used for operations such as :

  • search for bibliographic references: numerous indexes are available; navigation in the results is facilitated by filters and facets
  • management of bibliographic researchresults: basket of records (sent by e-mail in different formats); exports of records using the main bibliographic tools (Zotero, EndNote, Citavi, etc.)
  • citability of resources : each record Sudoc has a permanent URL
  • location and consultation of a documentary resource : the resources described in the Sudoc catalogue are available in at least one library member of the Sudoc/Sudoc PS networks. They can be consulted on site in all cases and, depending on the policy of each institution, they can be obtained using the Interlibrary loan
  • checking the availability of a resource in a library: from certain records Sudoc, a bounce to the catalogue of the library that owns it is proposed (provided that this functionality is activated)
  • access to the full text of a document : bibliographic records are enriched with a link (permanent URL) to the full text of documents digitised and/or deposited on an open archive. This is the case, for example, for many doctoral theses available on the TEL platform (CCSD) or for certain resources accessible in full text via Google Books. Finally, some records include a link to the EOD (Ebooks On Demand) service offered by certain libraries in the network.

The Sudoc via the CCFr

Within the framework of the cooperation agreements betweenAbes and the BnF, the data Sudoc are interrogated simultaneously using the Z39-50 protocol during all bibliographic searches from the Catalogue Collectif de France (CCFr).

Collective Catalogue of France Go to ccfr

The Sudoc via Worldcat

The member institutions of the network Sudoc have the possibility to join OCLC. This allows them to benefit from the services of the Worldcat global catalogue, thus increasing the visibility of ESR library resources on an international scale.

In 2021, 94 establishments members of the Sudoc network will benefit from this membership. Records for Sudoc located at these institutions are available in real time from the WorldCatcatalogue.

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Resource Centre Directory

Available from the public interface of the catalogue Sudoc, the Resource Centre Directory (RCR) provides access to the descriptive data of documentary establishments that are members of the Sudoc/ Sudoc PS networks, i.e. approximately 3,500 libraries and documentation centres. This authority data - known as "RCR records" - is regularly updated and enhanced by the Correspondents Sudoc / Sudoc PS.

The data available from the Directory of Resource Centres provides information on

  • identification : each library is identified by its CRR number
  • location: coordinates and geolocation codes of the library
  • the typology : university library, municipal library, documentation centre, archives, etc.
  • services, including the Interlibrary loan
  • the presence of special collections, in particular those with the CollEX-Persée label
  • practical information: contacts; opening hours; possible closing dates

Note: the RCR identifier has the same structure as the international identifier ISIL, for which theAbes is the nationalallocation agency

The Directory of Resource Centres via the CCFr

The descriptive records of the member libraries of the Sudoc / Sudoc PS networks are available from the CCFr - Répertoire des Bibliothèques de France, which provides information on all French documentary establishments, i.e. approximately 5000 libraries.

Collective Catalogue of France Go to ccfr