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Appendix L: Searching Tips for the Cataloging Module

Local Subjects

Local subject headings in 69X fields may be searched in the Local Subjects index. Local subjects include non-LC forms of headings and special tracings, such as those for provenance, imprint, and chronology. For Beinecke the following special tracings can be searched:

Provenance
Use Local Subjects=<name>

Example: Local Subjects=van vechten carl

You can narrow the search by entering the authoritative form of the name and adding qualifiers such as autograph, bookplate, or presentation inscription.

Example: Local Subjects=van vechten carl 1880 1964 bookplate

British Chronology
Use Local Subjects=brit tracts

Use Local Subjects=brit tracts <date> to narrow the search to a particular year.

Example: Local Subjects=brit tracts 1800

European Chronology
Use Local Subjects=euro tracts or Local Subjects=euro tracts <date>

The search strategy is the same as for British chronology.

Latin American Chronology
Use Local Subjects=lat amer tractsor Local Subjects=lat amer tracts <date>

The search strategy is the same as for British chronology.

Incunabula
Use Local Subjects=<country city printer date>

Put one space between each element.

Example: Local Subjects=italy vicenza renensis johannes 1478

Sometimes the date in these entries will be more explicit than year, such as day/month/year (24 May 1487).

Broaden the search with right truncation.

American Imprints
Use Local Subjects=<state city date>.

Put one space between each element.

Example: Local Subjects=massachusetts boston 1720

Broaden the search with right truncation.

You can also search Connecticut imprints (not a Beinecke special file) by city.

Use Local Subjects=<city publisher or printer date>.

Examples: Hartford Goodwin & Co. 1826

Broaden the search with right truncation.
Bibliographical File
Use Local Subjects=<form or genre heading>.

Examples: Local Subjects=photographs
Local Subjects=trade catalogs photographs

Broaden the search with right truncation.

A list of terms used for the Bibliographical File is appended.

Binding
Use Local Subjects=<name> or Local Subjects=<type of binding>.

Examples: Local Subjects=bedford francis
Local Subjects=armorial binding
Local Subjects=binding remnants used in
Local Subjects=binders ticket
Local Subjects=binders ticket c lefevre
Local Subjects=blind-stamped pigskin

You cannot qualify a name search with the subdivision "binding".

Broaden the search with right truncation.

Location-based Searching

You can limit a search to Beinecke holdings only by clicking the limit button on the search window, expanding the location folder, and selecting a Beinecke location:

beingen
beinycal [includes JWJ]
beinosb
beinref
beinsref
beinycal
beinwa
beineliz

Searching in the Cataloging Module -- a few tricks

Searching for subjects with subdivisions: separate subdivisions by a space.

Staff Subject Headings=united states history civil war regimental histories
Searching an author-title heading: Use Staff Name/Title Headings, separating the name and title with a space.
Staff Name/Title Headings=virgil bucolica


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