Useful Links

Cataloging Tools

Dictionaries, Thesauri, and Glossaries

Latin Resources

Online Catalogs & Bibliographies

Provenance Tools and Authority Files

  • Virtual International Authority File (VIAF)
    VIAF, implemented and hosted by OCLC, is a joint project of several national libraries plus selected regional and trans-national library agencies.
  • CERL Thesaurus (Consortium of European Research Libraries)
    Searches places, printers, authors, corporate bodies, and printer's devices from the hand-press (1450-c. 1830) period across Europe.
  • Penn Provenance Project (Flickr photostream)
    This collection of images is useful for identifying bookplates and other records of ownership.
  • Pratt Institute Ex Libris Collection
    The Ex Libris Collection consists of nineteenth- and twentieth-century bookplates from private and institutional libraries.
  • Clergy of the Church of England Database
    Makes available and searchable the principal records of clerical careers from over 50 archives in England and Wales with the aim of providing coverage of as many clerical lives as possible from the Reformation to the mid-nineteenth century.
  • Guide to Special Collections at the University of Illinois
    Names and descriptions of collectors and collections at the University of Illinois.

Cataloging Projects of Note:

Cambridge University Library
In October 2009, Cambridge University Library launched a cataloging project which will make records for its collection of 4,650 incunables available and searchable online for the first time. The incunabula collection is internationally renowned and includes 134 unique items. The project has been funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for five years.

Council on Library and Information Resources - Hidden Collections Program
The Council on Library and Information Resources administers this national effort with the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Since the program began in 2008, sixty-five grants totalling nearly $16M have been made to a variety of institutions nationwide.

MIT Institute Archives & Special Collections
The MIT Libraries rare and special books cataloging project continues and as of May 2008, 3,000 volumes have been cataloged and are accessible through Barton, the MIT Libraries catalog. The first four in a series of exhibits are available on their website.

Yale University
The Yale University Rare Book Team publishes annual ‘action plans’ online for their rare book cataloging staff. Here is the plan for 2011/2012, which includes cataloging 12,000 monographs and 9,000 serials.