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Search limits help make most searches more specific.
Search limits may be applied prior to executing a search,
or to a search results set (post search limits).
One or more of the following search limits
can be used (please read the "restrictions and cautions"
button, used prior to executing a search, can be selected
for any search method, but it has NO EFFECT on Subject,
Author/Creator, or Call
Number Browse searches.
button is only available when viewing a Titles
List or a Titles List (Keyword).
Selecting this button takes you to the Limits screen, where
you can apply multiple limits to the existing search results
Once search limits are set (either before or after a search),
they remain in effect for subsequent searches, until the
button is selected. The limits also affect searches that
are launched by selecting hypertext links in single catalog
Note: Search limits
in the Library of Congress can be very useful for refining
large sets of search results, but should be used with caution.
Not all catalog records contain the data that is used to
set limits. When multiple values (e.g., several languages)
are recorded in a catalog record, limits can only retrieve
on one of them. If relevant material is not retrieved after
setting limits, clear the limits and modify the search.
- Select the greater-than sign for materials
published/created after (not including) 1984:
- Select the less-than sign for materials published/created
before (not including) 1984 :
- Select Range, for materials published/created
between 1984 and 2000:
For instance, a sound recording may consist primarily
of spoken material, but with some musical accompaniment.
In such cases, the type of material is recorded
as "Nonmusic Sound Recording"; a limit by "Music
Sound Recording" would not find this item.
An exception is material that is serially produced.
For instance, a computer file that is issued serially
can generally be retrieved either using the Serial
or the Computer File selection.
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