Basic Search Overview
Basic Search offers the largest variety of search
options in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. In order to use
this search most effectively, it is important to be aware of and
to understand the differences between each search type available.
Brief help information can be found by scrolling down on the page,
but more extensive help screens are available for each individual
search type and should be consulted as needed:
Keyword - Title Keyword - Author/Creator Keyword - Subject Keyword
Name/Title Keyword - Series/Uniform Title Keyword
Expert, Left-Match and Browse Searches:
Expert Search - Title Begins With - Author/Creator
Browse - Subject Browse
Call Number Browse (LC Class No.) - Call
Number Browse (Other Nos.)
Number Search (LCCN-ISBN-ISSN) - Author Creator Sorted by Title Browse
- Enter one or more search words in the Search
- Select a Search
Type: from the window, reflecting the type of search
you wish to perform.
- Select the number of results per page (default is 100).
- Select the Begin Search button to perform the search.
Depending on the type of search you select, your results will be
presented as a Headings List (Keyword heading searches, Author/Creator
and Subject Browse), a Titles List
(Title, Call Number, LCCN-ISBN-ISSN and Command Keyword) or a Titles
(Keyword search only, which includes relevance ranking).
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