When you start looking for a source that is not available in your College or University library, you have several other options. You can look for it

The majority of these institutions have an online catalogue, which means you do not need to phone, email or go there. However, before choosing the institution that you think is the most likely to have your source remember that many countries (including the United Kingdom and France) have META-OPACs, that is, online catalogues which collect all the OPACs of a certain area. COPAC, for example, collect major British OPACs; CCFR collects French major online catalogues. And there are even META-OPACs which allow you to do online bibliographical searches of different national OPACs at once. This facility gives you the greatest overview of what is available on a trans-national level. We therefore suggest you should start by having a look at the META-OPACs relevant to Czech Studies, included in our

Although META-OPACs permit you to scan a massive amount of books (authors, titles, and subjects), this information will not include any articles. So, if you are looking for secondary literature, especially articles and chapters in books, the best way of resourcing these materials is to consult the

MLA International Bibliography which will be available on CD-ROM or in print at your University Library. The MLA International Bibliography provides a listing and subject index for books and articles published in modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics. It indexes over 50000 books and articles each year.

1. Resources in the Czech Republic

1.1 Archives

The Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic. This database contains entries about 151692 archive groups. The page links to those archive groups which are deposited in the National Archive, 7 public regional archives, 5 municipal archives, several dozen specialized and private archives, the cultural/scientific institutions (museums, libraries, galleries, branches of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, universities) and also those in the hands of legal entities or particular individuals (historical records and documents deposited outside archives).

Musica. Useful site for foreigners interested in contemporary Czech music. It provides a collection of documents on contemporary Czech music, composers, and events. It also includes archives of sheet music and recordings.

Jan Hus Educational Foundation. International non-political, non-denominational, educational and cultural foundation.

Czech News Agency (CTK) includes text-based news in Czech, Slovak and English, picture, video and audio news,infographics. CTK's archive is unique for its depth and complexity. Besides containing all of CTK's news published in Czech and English, it also contains a vast documentary database, an archive of dailies and many other periodicals published in the Czech Republic as well as other information archived either as texts, pictures or audio recordings.