OCLC Connexion Keyword Searching Examples

To: Technical Services Staff
From: Steven Arakawa
Date: (04/19/2005 creation date/ 04/28/2005 12:20 PM revision date)


EXAMPLE 1

Looking for:

245 ‡a Processi di decolonizzazione in Asia e in Africa / ‡c Valeria Piacentini Fiorani.
260 ... 2000.

Keyword/Numeric boxes:

fiorani

Name (au:)

decolonizzazione

Title (ti:)

Qualifier boxes: Date: 2000

Comment: there is an ISBN but the OCLC cataloger neglected to add a 020.

HITS: 1


EXAMPLE 2

Looking for:

245 10 ‡a Research methods in the social sciences = ‡b Metode de cercetare in stiintele soziale / ‡c Ion Dafinoiu, Ovidiu Lungu. 260 ... 2003.

This one has an ISBN, but could also be retrieved using keyword. The English title is less useful for keyword terms; a better strategy would be to select one of the Rumanian terms from the parallel title.

Keyword/Numeric boxes:

dafinoiu

Name (au:)

stiintele

Title (ti:)

Date qualifier wasn't used; the keyword terms don't look too common.

HITS: 1


EXAMPLE 3

Looking for: Foro Caracas ya!

No ISBN, no personal names associated with the item.

Keyword/Numeric boxes.

Name (au:)

foro caracas ya

Title (ti:)

HITS: 1

Comment: According to OCLC, use of quotation marks increases precision if the terms are common in WorldCat. Quotation marks may be more useful for English language terms. If the terms are not common in WorldCat, quotation marks don't seem to have an effect on retrieval unless stop words are included in the phrase, and even then the effect is unpredictable.


EXAMPLE 4

Looking for:
Composer: Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791.
Uniform title (from other records in Orbis): Concertos, ‡m piano, orchestra, ‡n K. 467, ‡r C major
Publication information: Kassel ; ‡a New York : ‡b Bèarenreiter, ‡c 1988, c1961. <1 miniature score>

Keyword/Numeric boxes <take out all the delimiters if you paste into the box>

mozart, wolfgang amadeus

Name (au:)

"Concertos, piano, orchestra, K. 467 C major"

Title (ti:)

Format qualifier: Scores

Years: 1961-

HITS: 58

But:

barenreiter

Publisher (pb:)

mozart, wolfgang amadeus

Name (au:)

"Concertos, piano, orchestra, K. 467 C major"

Title (ti:) 

Format qualifier: Scores

Years: 1961-

HITS: 10

Comment: try with publisher Eulenburg; or with publisher Broude (leave out Years: with Broude).

For original vinyl recordings of the concerto, with Robert Casadesus on piano and George Szell conducting. Lots of reissues, so use a date range (anything before 1980).

casadesus and szell

Name (au:)

mozart, wolfgang amadeus

Name (au:)

"Concertos, piano, orchestra, K. 467 C major"

Title (ti:)

Format qualifier: Sound Recordings

Years: -1980

HITS: 12


EXAMPLE 5

Looking for:

245 04 The South African journal of economic history
246 13 Journal of the Economic History Society of Southern Africa

No ISSN. Issuing body: Economic History Society of South Africa.

Keyword/Numeric boxes:

Name (au:)

south african journal of economic history

Title (ti:)

Format qualifier: Serials

HITS: 2

Comments. Including the issuing body in the Name (au:) is not necessary in this case, but the format qualifier is probably important for precision of retrieval. (If you forget to qualify by Serials you will get a number of irrelevant book titles in the retrieval)

There are 2 hits in this case because the Title (ti:) search also retrieves titles indexed in 780/785.

The same records are retrieved if the alternate title (246 13) Journal of the Economic History Society of Southern Africa is used in Title (ti:). Note that in the OCLC bibliographic record there is no 246 13 field; "Journal of the Economic History Society of Southern Africa" is in 245 ‡b.


EXAMPLE 6

Looking for:

245 04 The Yale daily news ‡h [microform].

No ISSN. No Issuing body.

Keyword/Numeric boxes:

Name (au:)

"yale daily news"

Title (ti:)

Format qualifier: Serials

Microform Qualifier: Microform

HITS: 1

Comments. Slightly faster if phrase is in quotation marks? To restrict to hard copy,

Microform Qualifier: Not Microform

HITS: 23


EXAMPLE 7

Looking for:

245 00 Focus.
260 bb ‡a Multan, Pakistan : ‡b Publication Centre, Pastoral Institute

No ISSN. Issuing body?

Keyword/Numeric boxes:

Name (au:)

focus

Title (ti:)

Format qualifier: Serials

Result: Too many records found for your search

Add publisher word (change index guide); retain format qualifier:

pastoral

Publisher (pb:)

focus

Title (ti:)

Format qualifier: Serials

Hits: 2


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