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Judaica-Portal Berlin-Brandenburg

General information

The Judaica-Portal Berlin-Brandenburg is a metasearch engine, which enables the user to search for literature on Judaism in different kinds of databases by one single request. This engine queries several library catalogues, the Zeitschriftendatabase (ZDB), a specialized database for serial titles, repositories of digitized materials, for example the Digital Judaica Collections of the University Library Frankfurt / Main and the bibliographic database RAMBI. The latter is a bibliography of academic articles in the field of Jewish Studies. In general these articles are not documented in library catalogues. In the future each RAMBI record is going to be linked with the specific journal, where the articles has been published.

Non-Latin scripts

The Judaica-Portal provides search with Non-Latin scripts. Therefore you are going to find a Hebrew keyboard on the coverpage. Please, note that cataloguing in Non-Latin-Scripts started around about 2012 in German speaking countries. In consequence just a small part of Hebrew or Yiddish media is also searchable in Hebrew script. So, in the long run users still have to make use of transliteration tables for their queries.

Double entries

At the moment the Judaica-Portal doesn‘t provide a check of doublets. In consequence one query may achieve several entries for a single title because the holding of each library possesses its own separate record.

Multipart items

In contrast to Anglo-American usage library catalogues in German-speaking countries display multipart media in hierarchies, with a main entry on one side and related, subordinated entries on the other. Picturing this in the Judaica-Portal currently still causes problems.

Digital Media

The Judaica-Portal records also digital media. But access could only be provided in case the offer is published under a Creative Commons licence. Commercially distributed digital media could only be used within the networks of possessing libraries or research institutions.