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Karlsruher Virtueller Katalog (KVK) (Karlsruhe Virtual Catalogue)
0 Meta Catalogue containing bibliographic data of more than 500 million books and periodicals on a world-wide scale
The Karlsruhe Virtual Catalogue (KVK) is a meta search engine containing the bibliographic data of more than 500 million books and periodicals in library and booksellers' catalogues on a world-wide scale. The entered search terms are transmitted to several library catalogues simultaneously and the respective hit lists are displayed.
 
The KVK does not feature a database of its own. It is dependent on the availability of the target systems in the Internet. The offered search functionality always corresponds to that of the individual target system. By default the system searches all catalogues which are ticked off. The lists of short titles are linked up with the original full title displays of the individual systems. The KVK does not further process or edit this displayed information.
 
The system was developed by the University Library of Karlsruhe in cooperation with the Faculty of Computer Science. The KVK was made available to the public on 26 July 1996.