Answered By: Laura Galas
Last Updated: May 19, 2023     Views: 191

Q: Can I type in different (non-Roman) scripts in Quicksearch?
Answered by: Laura Galas

Yes, you can type and search in many different non-Roman scripts in Quicksearch! First, you'll have to change your input keyboard.

Otherwise, for languages that use the Roman alphabet (like French, Hmong, Norwegian, or Wolof) simply type away! Quicksearch is smart enough to not need accents or diacritics.

When searching for books in a particular language, you might need to consider both "language" and "script." Just because Quicksearch will accept different scripts doesn't mean you're going to get excellent search results in that language.

  • Older records often won't have original script (non-Roman) text in them. Instead they are Romanized. Here's an example of an old record.
  • Books published in the US, UK, or Western Europe often won't have original script (non-Roman). Here's an example of a record for a book published in the US.
  • Not all languages are currently being cataloged in original script. Here's an example of a Nepali book.

Example Quicksearch results

  • "नेपाल": 0 results in Books+ and approximately 5 results in Articles+
  • "Nepal": over 8,000 results in Books+ (including over 150 items in the Nepali language), and over 154,000 results in Articles+

Some languages have many records in Quicksearch that have original script (non-Roman) text in them. Try searching in both the original script and Romanization for these languages:

  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Hebrew
  • Arabic
  • Russian 

Other languages only have a few records with non-Roman script: 

  • Southeast Asian languages (mostly Thai)
  • African languages (mostly Ethiopic and extended Latin/IPA)
  • Greek

For additional support finding language material in Orbis or Quicksearch, reach out to a Subject Specialist Librarian.

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