Searching UMD Libraries’ Digital Collections Using BASE

The Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE), sponsored by the library of the University of Bielefeld in Germany, is an electronic index to more than 37 million digital objects in over 2300 repositories around the world, including over 15,000 items from UMD Libraries’ Digital Collections.  BASE provides not only an alternative method of searching and browsing our digital collections, but also the opportunity to search our collections simultaneously alongside those of many other, similar repositories.  At the same time, because BASE’s scope is limited to collections in academic libraries and other scholarly repositories, and because it allows for the searching and delimiting of results on the basis of detailed metadata, it makes possible more targeted searching than generalized search engines such as Google.  To search BASE, go to  To search or browse UMD’s collections on BASE, go to

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