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OCLC Keyword Searching

Complete and current document at Search WorldCat Indexes

Example: Fin au shostakovich and ti symphony and pb sikorski/sco

Keyword Labels

Bib Information Index Label
Access method (new) am
Author au
Citation/References (new) cr
Conference name (new) cn
Corporate name (new) co
Dewey® Decimal class number (new) dd
Extended author (new) ea
Extended title (new) et
Internet resource (new) ir
Language la
Library of Congress class number (new) lc
National Agricultural Library class number (new) ag
National Library of Canada class number (new) ca
National Library of Medicine class number (new) lm
Notes nt
Personal name (new) pn
Publication location pl
Publisher pb
Report number rn
Series se
Standard number (new) nn
Subject su
Subject/Title/Contents st
Title ti
Uniform title ut
Universal Decimal class number (new) ud
Vendor information vn

Qualifiers

Qualifier Type Label

Qualification By

Example

Type of material (format) ft

Books
Computer files
Maps
Mixed materials
Scores
Serials
Sound recordings
Visual materials

bks
com
map
mix
sco
ser
rec
vis

Years of publication yr

m=millennium, c=century,
d=decade, y=year
Single year
[mcdy]
Decade
[mcd?]
Century
[mc??]
Single year and all later years
[mcdy-]
Single year and all earlier years
[-mcdy]
Range of years
[mcdy-y]
[mcdy-dy]
[mcdy-cdy]
[mcdy-mcdy]




1994

199?

19??

1995-

-1995

18803
188091
1880920
18801920

Microform or Not microform (new) mi

Microform
Not microform

mf
nm
Cataloging source (new) so

Library of Congress

dlc

Stopword list

a but her on which
an by his or with
and for in that you
are from is the  
as had it this  
at have not to  
be he of was  

Access method
  • Each punctuation mark is treated as a word division. Thus, www.oclc.org is treated as 3 separate words: www, oclc, and org.
  • Stopwords are not applied to the Access method index. Include stopwords when searching this index.
  • Example
    To search for www.poets.org (am), type:
    fin am poets
Class numbers
  • Dewey Decimal, Library of Congress, National Agricultural Library, National Library of Canada, National Library of Medicine, and Universal Decimal class number.
  • Include periods in search. Delete all other punctuation. Delete spaces.
  • Example
    To search for National Agricultural Library class number (ag) A280.29, type:
    fin ag a280.29
Hyphenated words
  • In the Extended title (et), Notes (nt), Subject (su), Subject/Title/Contents (st), and Title (ti) indexes, hyphenated words are indexed 2 ways: with the hyphen, as one word, and without the hyphen, as separate words.
  • Example
    To search for title (ti) al-Jukir, type:
    fin ti al-jukir
    Or
    fin ti al
    Or
    fin ti jukir
LCCNs in Standard number index
  • Include only the numeric portion of the LCCN when searching the Standard number (nn) index. Include the hyphen.
  • Example
    To search for standard number (nn) map32-14, type:
    fin nn 32-14



Page author: Sharon Saunders
Date: 2/20/2012

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