Cataloging Lesson 1

a search argument is a value you choose when you set up a search; computer searches until it finds a record of records with a value or combination of values matching your argument for the search
bibliographic record
card catalog
cardlike display
layout is similar to a catalog card; have to know by the position on the card which element was the author, the title, the publisher, the subjects, the call number, and so forth
chief source
copy display
tells you—for each copy or volume—which branch owns it, the location in the branch, and the call number; ells you what is available, what is checked out, and when checked-out copies are due to be returned to the library
flat file
the process of making systematic corrections to the entire database (called global changes)
graphical user interface (GUI)
a series of shorter records, which the computer can search more quickly
International Standard Book Number
key field
labeled display
with a line labeled "Author" that contains the author access point from the MARC record, and so forth
Library of Congress Control Number
MARC record
prescribed source
repeating fields
shelf list
shelf list contained a card for every book (or other resource) on the library shelves, in shelf sequence; Library staff would record the unique accession number, volume number (if applicable), acquisition date, source, price, and fund for each copy of the title; a tool for inventory
standard number
stem search

  • search for a truncated subject, author, or title
  • type in the first words of the title up to the point that you can remember
  • OPAC will return a browsing list which, ideally, will contain a title that will further jog your memory

located on main entry card for resource– list of all cards on file for the resource represented on the catalog card
access points

  • "authority-based" fields
  • taken from standardized lists of established access points
  • bring together records on the same subject, with the same author, or editions of the same work in the case of a uniform title
  • Author, Title, Subjects & Classifications

areas of the description

  • based on the resource itself and are supposed to be unique to that resource (or to all exact copies of the resource)
  • do not bring together anything except exact copies of the same resource
  1. Title and Statement of Responsibility
  2. Edition
  3. Material (or Type of Publication) Specific Details
  4. Publication, Distribution, etc.
  5. Physical Description
  6. Series
  7. Note
  8. Standard Number and Terms of Availability

Online Patron Access Catalog; allows subject, title, and author searches; can provide numeric search capabilities on call number, ISBN, LCCN, and other numbers; includes the ability to combine keywords using Boolean operators