Searching Name/Title Authority Headings
the search type "Name/Title Authority Headings" on the
main search screen to browse authority records for:
- Titles, that are entered under a personal or group author
- Series, that are entered under a personal or group author
established by the Library of Congress (and cooperating partners)
and used in Library of Congress
Online Catalog records.
Keyword Searching of authority records is not available
in this release of Library of Congress Authorities.
All searches should be entered beginning with the leftmost
word of the heading (see search tips
Uniform and Series Titles (entered under a personal
author/creator) are searchable as Name/Title Authority
Headings. Most name/title authority headings and references
will also be retrieved by a Subject Authority Headings
search; but to ensure retrieval of all relevant records, it
is recommended that only the Name/Title Authority Headings
search type should be used to search for name/title headings.
Name/Title Authority Heading Search Examples:
|To browse the title (with name) . . .
||Enter the words in this order . . .
|Poems, by Laura Jackson
||jackson laura riding 1901 poems
|Der Freischütz, by Carl Maria von
||weber carl maria von 1786-1826 freischutz
|The tragicall historie of Hamlet Prince of
Denmarke, by William Shakespeare
||shakespeare william 1564-1616 hamlet
|Declaration of Independence for the United
States of America
||united states declaration of
- The entire name portion of the "name" heading must
precede the "title" portion in searching, including
dates when present (e.g., dostoyevsky fyodor 1821-1881 crime
and). It is recommended that the name be verified using a
Name Authorities search, prior to attempting to formulate
a name/title authorities search.
- Omit initial articles (a, an, the, das, el, la, etc.)
in any language.
- Always omit initial punctuation in any language (e.g.,
quotation marks, ¿). Also, omit intervening commas, periods, apostrophes,
and most other punctuation. Exception: hyphens should always
- Searches are automatically truncated and retrieve catalog
records beginning with the words, word roots or phrases entered.
Do not use the question mark (?) for truncation.
How to View Authorities and References:
Your search results will be presented as a Headings
List -- a list of all name headings in the
Library of Congress Online Catalog, whether the headings have
online authority records associated with them or not.
Please Note: Headings that end with
the legend "[from old catalog]" were assigned before
the online cataloging era and may not be associated with an online
authority record. In addition, the Headings List may display headings
from in-process catalog records for which authority records will
be made in the near future.
The Name/Title Authority Headings search is a "browse,"
placing you at the point in the index most closely matching your
search words. Select to
view headings that precede your search words alphabetically or scroll
down to view headings following your search words.
To retrieve authority information, references and/or scope
notes for a heading, select the icon shown to the left of the heading.
Please consult the following Help Screens for more detailed information:
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