How can I search only a particular field, for example author or ISBN?
Last Updated: Nov 02, 2018     Views: 54

How can I search only a particular field, for example author or ISBN?

Go to the FVRL catalog and choose one of the following options from the drop-down that defaults to "All Fields" before typing in your search terms:

  • All Fields is a good place to start with an author & title search. For example, if you want only the Star Trek books by a certain author, type star trek byrne. Also, use as a last resort when subject searches haven't paid off.
  • Title is used when you know all or most of the title. Note: one-word-titles with subtitles can be tricky to find if you don't know the subtitle.
  • Author is used to find titles by a specific author. Type in the name; no need to use last name first.
  • Keyword in author headings can be a useful search when you know part of the author's name. Instead of showing you a list of books, it shows a list of authors with similar spellings. This is also helpful if you wish to do some up-front term exclusion.
  • Subject is useful when you are confident that you know the exact word or phrase for the subject you're seeking. Keep in mind that this is a "controlled vocabulary," so the term in your head might not match the one used in the catalog. Also, in the search results you'll see material with subjects that have similar spellings to the one you might have chosen. If you want to limit this effect, put your search term within quotation marks. For example: A search for bees shows a list of subjects that includes: beds, beef, and beer, but a search for "bees" will bring up only bees.
  • Keyword in subject headings is used to see subject headings with the exact word or words you type in.
  • ISBN is great for when you find a book in a store or article, where the ISBN is listed. It's a quick and exact way to look for a title.
  • Series is a good choice if you're looking for books in a series. Keep in mind that not all records have information in the series field, so results may be spotty.

Last Updated: Nov 02, 2018     Views: 54

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