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.

3. Resources in the Rest of the World

3.1 Archives

International gateway to information for archivists and archive users.

Collection of medieval manuscripts of the Czech Reformation is an artificially created collection of works of the key priests and lay-preachers, which inspired the process of the Czech Reformation. The most important of those was Jan Hus. The collection contains tracts and sermons outlining the main concerns of the Reformation movement.

University of Toronto owns collections of the Charter 77 documents, documents on Czechoslovak history, the Jazz Section collection, a collection of privately-issued typewritten samizdat works of the Petlice publishing house, audio and video recordings of interviews with Czech and Slovak leaders and the Josef Škvorecký collection.

Indiana University. The Czech collection contains long runs of journals, (Naše řec, 1917-1996; Slovo a slovesnost, 1935-1996; Lumír, 1851-1940) and Czech and Slovak collections of émigré books and journals.

Hoover Institution Stanford University. The Czech and Slovak collections are focused on the World War I period, Czechs and Slovaks at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919, the first Czechoslovak Republic, World War II and German occupation and post-World War II and socialist Czechoslovakia. It includes important documents on human rights, Charter 77, and other dissident publications.

Archives Portal Europe provides access to information on archival material from different European countries as well as information on archival institutions throughout the continent.