iDiscover contains records for all Chinese books and periodicals in the Library (but use the List of Cong shu in Cambridge Libraries to find the contents of most cong shu).
Three kinds of Chinese records appear in iDiscover:
(1) Records in romanisation only (22%), e.g.:
Xu Zhi-mo quan ji (1964).
(These records contain author name(s) (usually family name only), title, place of publication and date.)
(2) Romanised records with links to full Chinese script records (45%), e.g.:
Xu Zhi-mo shi quan ji (1992).
(The linked records contain Chinese subject headings which can be searched in the UK Union Catalogue of Chinese Books.)
(3) Records containing Chinese script (32%), e.g.: Xu Zhi-mo de shi qing yu shi yi (2001).
Searches using Chinese script may be made in either full or simplified characters, but as these will only find type (3) records, it is recommended to search using romanisation. The pinyin system is used; syllables are not aggregated, except for polysyllabic elements in Chinese author names and place names (e.g.: Mao Zedong, Sima Qian, Beijing, Shijiazhuang), unless these occur in titles, when they are hyphenated.
Browsable title searches must include hyphenation, but capitalisation may be ignored. For example, a browsable search for¡¶Ðí¼ÒÍÍÏã¸Û»ØÒäÂ¼¡·should be entered as: xu jia-tun xiang-gang hui yi lu, but not Xu Jia tun Xiang gang hui yi lu, xu jia tun xiang gang hui yi lu or Xu Jiatun Xianggang hui yi lu, etc.