The Library

The Library is the heart of the Ricci Institute and the online catalog is its primary gateway. Both Western language sources and materials in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean are cataloged. The Library provides service to Ricci Institute scholars and the USF community.  Those who are not members of the USF community must first submit a research request via e-mail.


Catalog searches for Western names and titles are done normally. For CJK searches you may use either CJK or Romanized input. For Chinese input use Traditional Chinese characters only; or Japanese or Korean for materials in those languages. You may find it faster to search using Pinyin (for Chinese), Hepburn (for Japanese) or McCune-Reischauer for Korean (more recent entries include author/title/topic based on the Revised Romanization of Korean  Gugeoui Romaja Pyogibeop 국어의 로마자 표기법 in addition to MC-R).


The catalog generally follows Library of Congress conventions but we depart in many details, such as use of aggregated pinyin, use of Romanized pinyin and CJK scripts in the same field, customized subject metadata for special topics, and other modifications that enhance utility.


The Ricci Institute Library on the Lone Mountain Campus is physically separate from the main USF facilities at the Gleeson Library/Geschke Learning Resource Center, which also holds many important Western language primary sources and reference items. The Gleeson Library catalog is also the access portal for USF’s online indexes, databases, full text items, interlibrary loan (ILL) and many other resources. Click here to visit Gleeson Library.


Basic Search Instructions:


You may search by AUTHOR, by TITLE, by SUBJECT and/or by KEYWORD in any combination. Type in all or any part of a name, title, subject, and/or keyword. Hit “ENTER or click "SEARCH" to submit your query.


Search terms are not case sensitive.


Ignore initial articles for Western languages: A, An, The, Los, L’, Le, etc.


Diacritical marks are optional and may be omitted, e.g. either colecção or coleccao, Schütte or Schutte, etc.


Click on the small blue triangles next to a title to open Quick View, a truncated display with author, date, location, and call number. Click on the title itself to view the complete record.


You may search in Chinese (traditional characters only), Japanese, or Korean for CJK language items.


Click the Advanced Search link to access detailed searchable fields: Publisher, Language, Series, ISBN, etc.


You may browse through a list of titles by clicking the first title letter on the Titles Index bar.


For the history of the library and a list of our collections and archival materials see The Collections.


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