Subjects: General Guides

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This page provides tips for patrons using the online library catalog of Shepherd University (referred to as MAX, in homage to the former long-time technical services director, Ms. Maxwell).

Author & Title

Subject

Keyword

 

 

Tips for Author and Title Searches

AUTHOR

  • Use Last Name, First Name to search for an author
  • Use Author contains if only first or last name is available or the author is not a single person (see below)
  • Authors can be corporations, musical groups, or government agencies, not just people

    ex. Chaucer, Geoffrey 

        ex. King's Singers (musical group) 

TITLE

  • Remove definite articles (a, an, the) in any language from the search if it is the first word (see examples)
  • Short Stories may be in collections of works, not listed under their own individual titles

      ex. Wife of Bath's Tale or Miserables by Victor Hugo


Tips for Subject Searches

 

SUBJECT TIPS

  • All subheadings underneath a broad subject are included in the subject. (A subject can be “narrowed” from general to specific.)

         ex. The subject--Chaucer, Geoffrey—d 1400-- comprises ninety titles. Seven of those               are biographies. Onscreen, the entry would look like this:

                     Chaucer, Geoffrey—d. 1400—Biography               7  items

  •   Subject searching is not always intuitive. It may be easier to perform a keyword search first.

          ex. Wills and their creation is located under Estate Planning.

  •    Authors can be subjects. In most academic libraries, works about a specific author are usually near the texts written by them.

        ex. Chaucer, Geoffrey

 

Tips for Keyword Searches

KEYWORD

  • Search will bring up word found anywhere in the records (author, title. and subject)
  • Useful in general searches, where nothing (or very little) information is known by the user

      ex. Wife of Bath