| A Subjects/Content
display provides a focused view of the topical/subject matter
and content for materials in the Library of Congress Online
All record displays include the call number by which materials
must be requested. Some information displays as a hypertext link
(in blue and underlined). Selecting a link launches a search for
related records. Consult the Full Record
display for the most complete labeled display of bibliographic information.
To see data in all fields of the catalog record, including local
notes and encoded information, consult the MARC
Tags display. View the Brief Record
display for the most basic information about the work.
Search, Navigation and
Output - Bibliographic Information
Library Holdings, Location and Status
Several lines of information relating to the search are
displayed below the button bar, and above and below Subjects/Content
display on the screen:
- Database Name:
Most catalog records display the name Library of Congress
Online Catalog. Other databases can be searched, as they
become available, by selecting the [
Other Databases ] button from the top button bar. Such
databases may include the Handbook of Latin American
- You Searched:
A description of the search is displayed after this label
(e.g., Subject = cats, Command Keyword = (wood?
OR forest) AND "resource manage?"). The text before
the = is the name of the search method used, and
the text after the = is the actual search performed.
- Search Results:
A legend identifies the currently displayed catalog record
number within the total search set (e.g., Displaying
2 of 35, Displaying 1 of 10,000).
- A search in the Online Catalog never results in more
than 10,000 catalog records, even when more than 10,000
records match the search. If the results set is truncated
at 10,000, a warning message displays in the Titles
- Subject, Name and Call Number searches are set to
"browse" the entire Online Catalog before and after
the search term entered. Since this method does not
create a distinct record set, the legend on a single
record display is Displaying 1 of 1.
- Navigation Icons:
If a search retrieves multiple catalog records, it is possible
to page forward and back, one record at a time, using the
- Full Title:
Below the four display selection tabs, the title of the
work displays as it appears on the title page (or its equivalent).
- Print, Save and Email:
Below the display of the catalog record information, a table
displays with options for output. For more information consult
the help screen for Print, Save and
The following information will display if present in
the catalog record:
A record retrieved by the Keyword
search method displays a relevance indicator before
the bibliographic information.
- LC Control Number:
A unique record identification number assigned by
the Library of Congress. Although works may be searched
and identified by this number, they may not be
requested by this number. See CALL
- Type of Material:
The kind of material represented by the catalog record
and, in some cases, the level at which it is being
described, e.g., Book (Print, Microform, Electronic,
etc.), Printed Music (Part or Selection),
Archival Manuscript/Mixed Material (Collection).
- Brief Description:
May provide any of the following information: name
(main author, creator, etc.), title, edition information,
place of publication/creation, publisher/distributor/creator,
date of publication/creation, and physical description.
- Projected Pub. Date:
The projected date of publication for works that have
not yet been published.
- Access Advisory:
Information pertaining to restrictions on access to
the material described in the catalog record, sometimes
stating the terms under which the material is served,
such as the need for special permissions or advance
The International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) for
Hypertext linked information displays if the catalog
record contains URLs or URNs leading to electronic
versions of the material or related electronic resources,
such as a finding aid or a table of contents. Selecting
the hypertext link will generally take users out of
the Online Catalog. Return to the Online Catalog by
selecting the browser's [ Back ]
- CALL NUMBER:
Includes the call number used to retrieve the material,
usually followed by information identifying a specific
copy. Selecting the call number, shown as a hypertext
link, launches a search for records beginning with
the same call number designation--usually those with
the same subject classification numbers. Note:
Records in the Online Catalog generally indicate that
the Library holds one copy of a work, even though
additional copies may actually be available in the
Library's collections. Library staff will begin entering
information about additional copies in the near future.
- Request in:
Identifies the reading room or book service area (along
with a building name and room number) where the material
must be requested.
Displays circulation information for the material
(charged, not charged, etc.). Initially, some circulation
information may not be complete, since many materials
in the Library (including many special collections
materials) are not handled by the circulation system
at this time.
- Special Information about Serials Holdings:
Additional holdings categories may display, such as,
Shelving Title:, Library Holds:, Latest
Receipts:, Older Receipts:, etc. Although
much of this information is not currently available,
the Library will be incorporating more detailed information
about serials holdings, indicating which issues are
available and where they should be requested.
Use the browser's [Back] button to resume searching.
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