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.

2. Resources in the UK

2.2 Cultural Institutions

The Czech Centre in London is associated with the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs to actively promote the Czech Republic in the UK. It provides resources for obtaining relevant information about the Czech Republic to students, scholars, business people, tourists and the general public.

The British Czech and Slovak Association: Aims to raise public awareness in Britain on all aspects of Czech and Slovak life, covering history, arts and literature, economics, politics and science.

The Jantar publishing house aims to publish Central and East European works of literature accompanied by an academic or critic introduction.

Czech Studies in UK Universities:

Czech Studies at the University of Oxford

Slavonic Studies at the University of Glasgow

Czech Studies at the University of Bristol

Russian and Slavonic Studies at the University of Sheffield

Czech Studies at UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies