OAIster  (OAIster)

Union catalog of digital resources

Why select this database?

  • Contains digital resources from open archive collections.
  • Represents multidisciplinary resources from more than 1,100 contributors worldwide.
  • Records contain a digital object link allowing users access to the object in a single click.
Database details
Types of resources Digital resources including:
  • born-digital texts
  • audio files
  • images
  • movies
  • datasets
Collections including:
  • theses
  • technical reports
  • research papers
  • image collections
Data Contributors 1,100+
Updated Quarterly
Producer information

OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.

6565 Kilgour Place

Dublin, Ohio 43017-3395



Fax: +1-614-764-6096

Web: http://www.oclc.org

E-mail: oaister@oclc.org

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OAISTER was originally developed at the University of Michigan Libraries with the support of a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Index labels and examples of an expert search in OAIster

Use a colon after an index label (for example, au:) when you are not certain of your search terms. Use an equal sign after an index label (au=) for an exact match search. You can search with an index label from any search screen. The information you type overrides any default menu selections. The following examples show sample rather than actual searches.

Search indexes Labels Examples
Keyword kw: predecessor institutions
Access method am: http
Accession number no: AIM25_2229
Author au: wessels
Author phrase au= wessels martin

[last name first]
Content type ct: text
Data contributor dc: area aim 25
Data contributor phrase dc= archives in London and the m25 area aim25
Language phrase ln: English

[use to refine other search terms]
Notes nt: university archivist
Publication date pd: 20050407
Publisher pb: university surrey guildford
Resource format fr: html
Resource type phrase ry= image
Source so: gender behavior
Subject su: mathematics
Subject Phrase su= mathematics statistics
Title ti: contact networks
Title Phrase ti= modeling protein contact networks
Year yr: 2007