RAMBI – The Index of Articles on Jewish Studies, is a selective bibliography of articles in the various fields of Jewish studies. Material listed in Rambi is compiled from thousands of periodicals and from collections of articles – in Hebrew, Yiddish, and European languages- mainly from the holdings of the Jewish National and University Library. The main criterion for inclusion in the bibliography is that the article be based on scientific research, or contain important information for such research. Since the inception of this bibliographic project in 1966, the editorial board has striven to include in it all of the important articles published throughout the world in the field of Judaica. Therefore, it includes offprints of articles from journals or collections not on order to the Library. Rambi also lists articles from secondary sources. In 1985, Rambi began listing articles electronically as one of the databases on the ALEPH computer network of academic and research libraries in Israel, and in 2000, Rambi became accessible on the Internet via the WWW. In 2001, Rambi published its 50th volume and also completed a retrospective conversion project made possible by a grant from The Lucius N. Littauer Foundation. With the availability of the entire corpus of Rambi’s 50 volumes in each Rambi’s computer databases, publication of the printed volumes of Rambi was discontinued.
Information Included in RAMBI: A typical record contains the following information: author(s); article title; abbreviated source name; citation (volume, issue, year, pages); narrow and broad subject classifications; full source name, including place of publication; year of publication; language of article. Every record in the Rambi database contains two distinct subject classification fields: a general classification field (e.g. Bible; Diaspora; Philosophy), and specific subject headings (e.g. Genesis: 1; USA: education; Maimonides: Moreh Nevukhim). Attempts are made to utilize the two fields in tandem to provide maximum subject descriptions of the articles.
Research tip: When conducting research in the RAMBI database, compile your queries in both Latin and Hebrew script. (Some articles have only been indexed in the original Hebrew, and will not be listed if you search in Latin script only).