Webinar- Searching the Catalog: Foundations

Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 11:00am


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)




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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