University libraries

Don Gilbert gilbertd at
Mon Mar 9 17:04:39 EST 1992

In article <1992Mar9.142158.242 at> lebowitz at writes:
>Could someone direct me to information on accessing various university library
>computers via internet?  I recall that there was a posting on this subject 
>some time ago. 

This seems to be my day for answering questions by pointing people to 
Internet gopher.  There are many library card catalogs available
thru Internet Gopher &/or thru Telnet that are found thru Gopher.

I just gopher'ed to the home gopher hole at,
and found an entry called "Libraries".  In that folder, I found
another folder with this list:

   -->    1.  Card Catalogs via Telnet/
          2.  Electronic Books/
          3.  Library of Congress Records/
          4.  Lumina Test Index <?>
          5.  Reference Books/

In the "Card Catalogs..." folder, I find:
                           Card Catalogs via Telnet

   -->    1.  Access to Information about Maryland <TEL>
          2.  Arizona State University <TEL>
          3.  Athabasca University <TEL>
          4.  Australian Defence Force Academy <TEL>
          5.  Australian National University <TEL>
          6.  Bates College <TEL>
          7.  Berkeley GLADIS <TEL>
          8.  Boston University <TEL>
          9.  Boston University TOMUS <TEL>
          10. Brandon University <TEL>
          11. Cal Poly State University <TEL>
          12. California State University at Fresno <TEL>
          13. California State University at Long Beach <TEL>
          14. Colorado Assoc. of Research Libraries <TEL>
          15. Harvard University <TEL>
          16. Johns Hopkins University Library <TEL>
          17. Northwestern University LUIS <TEL>
          18. Occidental Colleges Automated Library System <TEL>
          19. U of Delaware <TEL>
          20. Univ. of Illinois-UC <TEL>
          21. Univ. of Maine Library <TEL>
          22. Univ. of Maryland <TEL>
          23. Univ. of New Hampshire <TEL>
          24. University of California MELVYL <TEL>
          25. University of Chicago <TEL>
          26. University of Michigan <TEL>
          27. University of Minnesota library card catalog server <TEL>
          28. University of Nebraska <TEL>

In the "Library of Congress...", I find

                          Library of Congress Records

   -->    1.  Library of Congress Raw Data/
          2.  Search Library of Congress records from 12-91 to Present <?>
          3.  Search Older Library of Congress records <TEL>

Then I go to look into the "Other Gophers" folder which links to gopher
holes at many other places, and I browse into the entry for
              CONCERT Network -- Research Triangle Park, NC, USA

Within CONCERT, I find
      4.  On-Line Library Services/
and within that,
                            On-Line Library Services

   -->    1.  Asia-Pacific Libraries/
          2.  European Libraries/
          3.  Middle East Libraries/
          4.  North American Libraries/
          5.  North Carolina Libraries/

At this point, I'm about "libraried out"...  You can take it from here.

 The basic patter about Internet Gopher is

  a. Gopher is a new network client-server form, like telnet or ftp but
     not the same.  It is pretty easy to use.  It provides you with
     a menu of documents and folders with more documents and question
     services to let you search for key words in various data files.

  b. You need client software and a computer with an internet connection.
    There is software for many kinds of client computers, including Mac,
    MSDos, Unix, VMS-Vax, and IBM VM/... This software is available via
    anonymous ftp to, in pub/gopher, or copies are
    at, in util/gopher/.  Non computer people may need
    the help of computer trained people to set it up properly (as for
    most other network client software like telnet or ftp programs).

  There are now several active "Bio Gophers" that include access to Genbank,
EMBL, Prosite, Swissprot, and several other biology databanks.  These
are indexed and allow you to do keyword searches very quickly, and pull
out interesting entries.  You can get to other gophers from any one,
and several, like those above, have access to library catalogs.

With the unix client program, you get to my gopher hole as
and there are pointers at this gopher to the other bio gophers in
Switzerland (Reinhard Doelz's nice gopher at, which
is at the moment off the network), and Italy and Israel.  There will
be others in the near future I hear.

-- Don
Don Gilbert                                     gilbert at
biocomputing office, biology dept., indiana univ., bloomington, in 47405

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