Webinar - Searching the AAS Catalog: Foundations

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - 2:00pm


This webinar session discusses fundamentals of navigating the AAS catalog.


Questions addressed include

  • How do I find materials on the topic I’m interested in?
  • How do I find a book when I know the title?
  • Can I look for exact wording?
  • Why am I getting this search result when the words I searched aren’t in this record?
  • What are the differences between the catalog and Google?


Formally, topics include

  • What is the catalog?
  • The quick search bar
  • Anatomy of a catalog entry
  • Exploratory searches and known title searches
  • Keyword searching
    • Keyword anywhere
    • Title keyword
    • Name keyword
    • Subject keyword
    • Search options “all of these,” “any of these,” and “as a phrase”
  • MARC view (a glimpse behind the scenes)


Each session is standalone and includes time for an open Q & A with an AAS staff member.

The webinars are held on Zoom.

Upon signing up, participants are emailed a link to the Zoom meeting and a link to a reference sheet that they can download, take notes on, and print out at their convenience.


About Our Host

Amy Tims, Cataloging Initiatives Librarian. Amy joined the AAS staff in 2012 as a cataloger for the North American Imprints Program (NAIP), and she now takes on a variety of projects to enhance access to the Society's holdings.



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