SUNCAT

Downloading Facility of MARC Records via Z39.50 for SUNCAT Contributing Libraries

What is Z39.50

Z39.50 is a standard which allows systems, such as databases, catalogues and search engines to communicate directly so that users can search remote targets from their local, institutional or preferred system interface. More information on Z39.50 is available at http://www.loc.gov/z3950/agency/

The following information is supplied to enable administrators to set up a Z39.50 connection to SUNCAT from their local system.

Searching SUNCAT

There are several options available for connecting to SUNCAT via Z39.50. In order to search the full SUNCAT catalogue please refer to the instructions at http://www.suncat.ac.uk/support/z-target.shtml It is not, however, possible to download MARC records via this freely available connection.

Tips for cataloguers searching SUNCAT via Z39.50

Downloading Records from SUNCAT

We are currently running four parallel services to enable our Contributing Libraries to download records from the SUNCAT catalogue in MARC format:

  1. The first service provides access solely to the CONSER database in MARC format. CONSER is the cooperative online serials cataloguing programme from the US National Library of Congress. SUNCAT has purchased the full CONSER database from the Library of Congress and is therefore able to offer these records free of charge to our Contributing Libraries. There are over one million CONSER records available and these are of high quality and are particularly strong in their coverage of current STM titles. This is provided as a separate service to allow libraries to have quick and convenient access to these high quality records.
  2. The second service provides access to the ISSN Register in addition to the CONSER database. Each ISSN assigned to a serial publication is registered in the ISSN Register and with over one million ISSN numbers assigned, this database is one of the most comprehensive and authoritative sources for the identification of serial publications world-wide.
  3. The third service provides access to records held by CONSER, the ISSN, the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and the following 17 Contributing Libraries:
    • Birmingham University
    • Bristol University
    • British Library
    • Cambridge University
    • Durham University
    • Edinburgh University
    • Imperial College, London
    • London School of Economics and Political Science
    • Manchester University
    • National Art Library
    • National Library of Scotland
    • Natural History Museum
    • Oxford University
    • Queens University, Belfast
    • University College London
    • Warwick University
    • Wellcome Library

    The database is deduplicated with the aim of reducing the number of records for each title and only displaying the preferred or best records available. However, duplicate records do still exist for some titles. If you want to see all the records supplied by the Contributing Libraries for each title, please use the non-deduplicated database.

  4. The fourth service contains records from CONSER, the ISSN, the DOAJ and the 17 Contributing Libraries listed above. This database is not deduplicated so contains all the records supplied by the libraries for each title. If you wish to reduce the number of records returned for each title please use the deduplicated database.

Library Holdings

Please note that all databases containing records from Contributing Libraries contain holdings' details for these libraries in the MARC records.

Restrictions

Please note that there are restrictions on the use of any ISSN records which you download from SUNCAT. We would ask that you take a few minutes to read these restrictions before downloading any ISSN records. ISSN records can be identified by the presence of "ISSN" in the 003 field.

Contact Details

We welcome your feedback on using the facility, including any problems you experience or queries regarding configuring the connection for your LMS. Please contact the EDINA helpdesk at edina@ed.ac.uk in the first instance.

Connection Details

Please use the details below to set up your Z39.50 connection to SUNCAT. Please also check the notes and known issues if you experience any problems.

1. Z39.50 Connection Details for Downloading CONSER Records Only


Hostname: z.suncat.ac.uk  
Port: 9993  
Database Name: conser_marc8 (MARC-8 character encoding)
conser_utf8 (Unicode UTF-8 character encoding).
Authentication String: SUNCAT username and password (this is the same for both services) Please contact the EDINA helpdesk at edina@ed.ac.uk if you have not received your username and password

2. Z39.50 Connection Details for Downloading CONSER and ISSN Records


Hostname: z.suncat.ac.uk  
Port: 9993  
Database Name: SUNCAT_MARC8 (MARC-8 character encoding)
SUNCAT_UTF8 (Unicode UTF-8 character encoding).
Authentication String: SUNCAT username and password (this is the same for both services) Please contact the EDINA helpdesk at edina@ed.ac.uk if you have not received your username and password

3. Z39.50 Connection Details for Downloading CONSER, ISSN, DOAJ and Contributing Library Records (Deduplicated)


Hostname: z.suncat.ac.uk  
Port: 9993  
Database Name: U-SUNCAT_CL_MARC8 (MARC-8 character encoding)
U-SUNCAT_CL_UTF8 (Unicode UTF-8 character encoding).
Authentication String: SUNCAT username and password (this is the same for both services) Please contact the EDINA helpdesk at edina@ed.ac.uk if you have not received your username and password

4. Z39.50 Connection Details for Downloading CONSER, ISSN, DOAJ and Contributing Library Records (Non-Deduplicated)


Hostname: z.suncat.ac.uk  
Port: 9993  
Database Name: SUNCAT_CL_MARC8 (MARC-8 character encoding)
SUNCAT_CL_UTF8 (Unicode UTF-8 character encoding).
Authentication String: SUNCAT username and password (this is the same for both services) Please contact the EDINA helpdesk at edina@ed.ac.uk if you have not received your username and password

Character Sets

There are two different connections available to SUNCAT, one provides records in MARC-8 character encoding and the second in UTF-8 character encoding

Record Syntaxes

Records are available in the following formats. Please note that B (Brief) and F (Full) are available for all the formats listed below.

Format ElementSetNames
MARC21 F, B
SUTRS F, B
XML F, B

Supported Services

  • Init
  • Search
  • Sort
  • Present
  • Scan
  • Close
  • Delete-Result-Set

Supported Attributes

Bib-1 Attribute set
SUNCAT Index Name Bib-1 Name Examples Use
(Attribute 1)
Position
(Attribute 3)
Structure
(Attribute 4)
Title Title journal of hellenic studies 4 1,3 1, 2, 6
ISBN ISBN 9780762615353 or 0762615354 7 3 1
ISSN ISSN 0075-4269 or 00754269 8 3 1
System Number Local number 005113129 12 3 1, 2
Subject Heading(s) Subject heading neurology 21 1,3 1, 2, 6
Year First Published Date-publication 2005 31 3 2, 6
Language Code--language 3-character MARC21 code list
eng
fre
54 3 2, 6
Library Code--institution Library code list
StAbUL
UkHULL
56 3 2
Place of Publication Place of Publication paris 59 1,3 1, 2, 6
Author (Organisation or Conference) Author royal society of chemistry 1003 1,3 1, 2, 6
Keywords Any industrial relations 1016 3 2, 6
Keywords Server choice industrial relations 1017 3 2, 6
Publisher Publisher oxford university press 1018 1,3 1, 2, 6

Notes

If all the other searches fail, try a Keywords search.

Author Index

The Author index in SUNCAT includes personal names where these are associated with serials, however these are a very small number compared to the organisation and conference authors.

ISSN/ISBN searching

ISSNs and ISBNs are indexed as complete phrases so although it is possible to search for ISSNs with or without the hyphen, if your system replaces the hyphen with a space this may cause the search to fail.

Keywords: Any/Server choice

The 1016 and 1017 indexes are both mapped to the Keywords index (WRD).

Library Index

The terms indexed are CNS for CONSER and ISS for ISSN, and they are displayed in MARC 852$a.

Browsing

To browse the above indexes please set the Completeness (Attribute 6) value to complete field (value 3)

Relation

(Attribute 2) -- equal (value 3) is available for all indexes.

Position

(Attribute 3) -- any position in field (value 3) is available for all indexes, first in field (value 1) is available for the Title, Subject Heading(s), Author (Organisation or Conference), Publisher and Place of Publication indexes.

Structure

(Attribute 4) -- phrase (value 1), word (value 2) and word list (value 6) are available for the indexes as shown in the table above.

When structure is set to word (value 2) the search can only be composed of a single term as entering multiple terms may cause the search to fail. Therefore, we would recommend setting structure to phrase (value 1) or word list (value 6) thus allowing multiple terms or phrases to be entered as searches.

Truncation

(Attribute 5) -- right truncation (value 1), left truncation (value 2), and do not truncate (value 100) are available on all indexes.

Completeness

(Attribute 6) -- incomplete sub-field (value 1) and complete field (value 3) are available for all indexes.

Limiting a Search

Combining one of the following limits with the above indexes can be useful to reduce the number of search results.

SUNCAT Index Name Bib-1 Name Use
(Attribute 1)
Structure
(Attribute 4)
Library Code--institution 56 2
Year First Published Date-publication 31 2, 6
Language Code--language 54 2, 6

Sort

SUNCAT Index Name Bib-1 Name Use
(Attribute 1)
Title Title 4
Year First Published Date-publication 31
Author (Organisation or Conference) Author 1003

Notes:

Please note that the default sort option on the Aleph 500 Z39.50 gateway is by system number. We have asked that this be changed to sorting by title, however we recommend you set your client to automatically sort results in the meantime.

Supported Query Types

Query Type 1 is supported.

Record Provenance

The record provenance is stored as a library code in the 003 field. A list of these codes is available on the SUNCAT Library Codes page. Depending on the Z39.50 client used it may be possible to display the contents of the 003 in the brief record display to enable record provenance to be identified within the search results.

Recommended Searching Combinations

The following demonstrate how author, title and ISSN searches can be configured with local Z39.50 clients. Please note that we only support the Use Attributes listed on this page.

Exact title search for: American journal of medical genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric genetics
Use attribute (1) 4 (title)
Relation attribute (2) 3 (equal)
Position attribute (3) 1 (first in field)
Structure attribute (4) 1 (phrase)
Truncation attribute (5) 100 (do not truncate)
Completeness attribute (6) 3 (complete field)
Example search term american journal of medical genetics part b neuropsychiatric genetics

Title starts with search for: American journal of medical genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric genetics
Use attribute (1) 4 (title)
Relation attribute (2) 3 (equal)
Position attribute (3) 1 (first in field)
Structure attribute (4) 1 (phrase)
Truncation attribute (5) 1 (right truncation)
Completeness attribute (6) 1 (incomplete subfield)
Example search term american journal of medical genetics

Title phrase search for: American journal of medical genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric genetics
Use attribute (1) 4 (title)
Relation attribute (2) 3 (equal)
Position attribute (3) 3 (any)
Structure attribute (4) 1 (phrase)
Truncation attribute (5) 100 (do not truncate)
Completeness attribute (6) 1 (incomplete subfield)
Example search term neuropsychiatric genetics

Title keyword search for: American journal of medical genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric genetics
Use attribute (1) 4 (title)
Relation attribute (2) 3 (equal)
Position attribute (3) 3 (any)
Structure attribute (4) 6 (word list)
Truncation attribute (5) 100 (do not truncate)
Completeness attribute (6) 1 (incomplete subfield)
Example search term genetics neuropsychiatric american

ISSN search for: 1552-4841
Use attribute (1) 8 (ISSN)
Relation attribute (2) 3 (equal)
Position attribute (3) 3 (any)
Structure attribute (4) 1 (phrase)
Truncation attribute (5) 100 (do not truncate)
Completeness attribute (6) 1 (incomplete subfield)
Example search term 1552-4841 or 15524841

Exact Author search for: Royal Society of Chemistry
Use attribute (1) 1003 (author)
Relation attribute (2) 3 (equal)
Position attribute (3) 1 (first in field)
Structure attribute (4) 1 (phrase)
Truncation attribute (5) 100 (do not truncate)
Completeness attribute (6) 3 (complete field)
Example search term Royal Society of Chemistry

Author starts with search for: Royal Society of Chemistry
Use attribute (1) 1003 (author)
Relation attribute (2) 3 (equal)
Position attribute (3) 1 (first in field)
Structure attribute (4) 1 (phrase)
Truncation attribute (5) 1 (right truncation)
Completeness attribute (6) 1 (incomplete subfield)
Example search term royal society

Author phrase search for: Royal Society of Chemistry
Use attribute (1) 1003 (author)
Relation attribute (2) 3 (equal)
Position attribute (3) 3 (any)
Structure attribute (4) 1 (phrase)
Truncation attribute (5) 100 (do not truncate)
Completeness attribute (6) 1 (incomplete subfield)
Example search term Society of Chemistry

Author keyword search for: Royal Society of Chemistry
Use attribute (1) 1003 (author)
Relation attribute (2) 3 (equal)
Position attribute (3) 3 (any)
Structure attribute (4) 6 (word list)
Truncation attribute (5) 100 (do not truncate)
Completeness attribute (6) 1 (incomplete subfield)
Example search term royal chemistry society