SUNCAT

Free Z39.50 Connection Details

What is Z39.50?

Connection Details

Supported Services

Supported Attributes and Query Types

Record Syntaxes

Downloading MARC records from SUNCAT


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 free Z39.50 connection to SUNCAT from their local system. Please note that this connection is freely available but does not enable the downloading of records in MARC format.


Connection Details

Hostname: z.suncat.ac.uk
Port: 9993
Database Name: u-suncat (Unicode UTF-8 character encoding)
Authentication String: (not required for u-suncat database)


Supported Services

Init, Search, Sort, Present, Scan, Close, Delete-Result-Set.


Supported Attributes

Bib-1 Attribute set.

Search
SUNCAT Index Name Bib-1 Name Use
(Attribute 1)
Structure
(Attribute 4)
Title Title 4 1, 2, 6
ISBN ISBN 7 1
ISSN ISSN 8 1
System Number Local number 12 1, 2
Subject Heading(s) Subject heading 21 1, 2, 6
Year First Published Date-publication 31 2, 6
Language Code--language 54 2, 6
Library Code--institution 56 2, 6
Author (Organisation or Conference) Author 1003 1, 2, 6
Keywords Any 1016 2, 6
Publisher Publisher 1018 1, 2, 6
Notes:

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.

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.

Please note that when structure is set to word (value 2) the search term must be a single word. Some Z39.50 clients will automatically combine multiple terms with the AND or OR operator, an alternative is to set structure to word list (value 6) which automatically combines search terms with "AND" so allowing more than one term to be entered in a search query.

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.


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

Supported Query Types

Query Type 1 is supported.


Record Syntaxes

Format ElementSetNames Notes
SUTRS F, B  
XML F, B  


Downloading MARC records from SUNCAT

This facility is password protected and is only available to SUNCAT Contributing Libraries. If you are from a SUNCAT Contributing Library (see list at http://www.suncat.ac.uk/description/contributing_libraries.html) please visit http://www.suncat.ac.uk/support/z-target-auth.shtml for details.