Système universitaire de documentation

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The catalog Système universitaire de documentation (SUDOC; in free German translation 'Documentation catalog of university libraries') is a French union catalog that was founded in 1999. It is managed by various documentation centers at universities and research centers. The superordinate administration is carried out by the Agence bibliographique de l'enseignement supérieur (ABES).

With its authority file Autorités (IdRef), SUDOC participates in the Virtual International Authority File (VIAF).


In the reference year 2011, the SUDOC catalog contained more than 10 million bibliographic entries for various documents such as monographs, doctoral theses, journals, electronic and audiovisual sources, microforms, maps, scores and manuscripts together with their location.

The catalog also includes collections of journals from around 2000 documentation centers that do not come under the higher education sector, such as municipal libraries, documentation centers, etc. The catalog also claims to list all dissertations that were written in France.

With the functions of the SUDOC you can:

  • create a bibliography by downloading or exporting entries;
  • save entries in the clipboard during the search (up to 100) in order to download them later;
  • access the full text of the document when it is offered online;
  • locate a document in one of the SUDOC network libraries in order to consult it, to order it for interlibrary loan or to reproduce it.

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