About Z39.50

Z39.50 is a protocol allowing users to connect between databases. As Zetoc is Z39.50 compatible, it can be cross-searched along with other compatible databases.

Libraries can set up portals using software, such as MetaLib, to search across a diverse range of resources. Users of bibliographic software such as EndNote and Reference Manager can search and retrieve records from Zetoc into their own local database. Many of the most recent versions of these packages are configured for Zetoc, but if you have a version that does not connect to Zetoc, you will need to use the filters that we provide. See the links below on Z39.50 clients for further information.

For more information about the Z39.50 protocol, you may wish to have a look at the UKOLN Website, which provides information on Z39.50 in Europe.

Whilst the Zetoc helpdesk will endeavour to assist users wishing to access Zetoc via Z39.50, please note that we cannot provide support for systems other than Zetoc.

Important: Users must ensure that they conform to the Terms and Conditions of Use for Zetoc.

Information on Z39.50 clients

Notes for EndNote users

Notes for ProCite users

Notes for Reference Manager users

Notes for BookWhere users

Notes for RefWorks users

RedCard is an application developed by Paul Lunt. It will search Zetoc for refences to store and will instantly insert citations into your thesis. Includes direct linking to electronic literature (via LitLink). Currently ACS (American Chemical Society) style only. Must have a UK university IP for login to work. Download RedCard

Connection Information

The basic connection details for the Zetoc Z39.50 target are as follows:

Address: zetoc.mimas.ac.uk
Port: 210
Database name: Zetoc
Record syntax: SUTRS or XML

Use attributes

Should you need to setup your client yourself, then the following Bib-1 Use attributes are searchable.

If you wish to search for conference keywords, the following Bib-1 fields can be used:

(5004) is for just the conference keywords; (21) is the keywords for a conference record, and the BL subject codes for a serial record, therefore you can use (21) if you are just searching conference papers, but otherwise it may be best to use (5004).

Note that Dewey and LCC are in different Bib-1 fields (13 and 9 respectively).

Record syntaxes

Zetoc records are available in the following syntaxes.

  • SUTRS -- brief and full records available. The SUTRS records are similar to those viewable through the Zetoc web interface, but without the HTML markup.

    Use an element set name of REF to retrieve records tagged in form suitable for import into a bibliographic reference manager. The field names are defined below.

  • GRS-1 -- the brief and full records are the same.
  • XML -- the brief and full records are the same. The XML record conforms to the DTD included in the Bath Profile 1.1.

Field names

Field names in records with element set name REF are abbreviated to two-letter codes, as follows:

AU: Author
BL: BLDSC Location
CD: Conference Date
CI: Additional Information
CN: Conference
CS: Conference Sponsor
CT: Conference Description
CV: Conference Venue
CY: Copyright
DC: Dewey Classification
ED: Editor
FM: Publication Format
FQ: Frequency of Publication
ID: Zetoc ID number
IU: Volume / Issue
JT: Journal Title
KW: Keywords/terms
LA: Language
LC: Library of Congress Classification
MA: Material type
PB: Publisher / Publication Date
PD: Publication Date
PG: Page(s)
PM: PubMed ID
PP: Place of Publication
SM: BLSDC Shelfmark
TI: Article / Paper Title
VT: Volume Title

Supported Attributes

Supported relation attributes:

less than (1)
less than or equal (2)
greater or equal (4)
greater than (5)

The above are only supported in conjunction with Use attribute 31, date of publication.

Relation attribute equal (3) is supported with all Use attributes (but isn't needed as the server assumes equal if a relation attribute is not specified.)

Supported Position attribute:

Any position in field (3)

There is no need to explicitly include this attribute as the server defaults to any position in field anyway.

Supported Structure attributes:

phrase (1)
word (2)
word list (6)

Word and word list are treated as synonyms of each other. Terms with either the word or word list attribute can contain one or more keywords. The server assumes a list of keywords as the default.

Supported Truncation attributes:

right truncation (1)
do not truncate (100)
process # in search term (101)

We would not recommend using right truncation as a default, as it will slow down searches and will most likely not work correctly on words of 4 characters or less (as the database software cannot cope with the number of terms such a small stem generates in a database the size of Zetoc.) The server default is do not truncate.

Supported Completeness attribute:

incomplete subfield (1)

Again, there is no need to specify this attribute as the server assumes it by default.