Cataloger's Desktop lets you do a wide range of searches including simple
keyword search; Boolean search; browse search; use limits, facets, and filters, advanced
search, as well as saved search. After login you are taken to a basic search page unless
you've set Desktop to open on the Browse Contents page. (See
Preference set up for information about
setting your opening page.)
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|Many Cataloger's Desktop subscribers prefer to use only the most widely used
cataloging resoruces. Library of Congress staff surveyed Desktop subscribers and
identified which resources are used most frequently. When you set the
Search box or the Browse Contents view to display
Core resources you will be consulting the following resources:
- AACR2: Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules
- ALA-LC romanization tables
- BIBCO Participants' Manual
- Classification Web
- CONSER Cataloging Manual (CCM)
- CONSER editing guide (CEG)
- CSM: Classification and Shelflisting Manual
- DCM: Descriptive Cataloging Manual
- DDC: WebDewey (OCLC)
- LC Authorities
- LC cutter table
- LC Online Catalog
- LC-PCC PS
- LCRI: LC Rule Interpretations
- MARC 21 Format for Authority Data
- MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data
- MARC Code List for Countries
- MARC Code List for Geographic Areas
- MARC Code List for Languages
- MARC Code List for Relators, Sources, Description Conventions
- NACO Participants' Manual
- RDA: Resource Description & Access
- SACO Participants' Manual
- SHM: Subject Headings Manual
|You can change the resources you consult when searching or browsing resources at any time
by changing the Resources pull-down box next to the
Search button. If you wish to change the resources that you search
or browse by default, select Preferences
on the ribbon and change the default resource set there.
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|Setting Cataloger's Desktop Preferences allows subscribers to
establish which resources they prefer to consult routinely. If you prefer to define
a collection of resources that you consult routinely, define your work profile in
Preferences and then select
My resources as your
default search and browse collection. If you prefer to use a pre-defined set of the
25 most popular resources, select Core resources in
|You can change this search and browse collection to either Core resources
or All resources at any time by selecting the pull-down box next to
the Search box. When you change the search and browse collection by
changing the pull-down box next to the Search box, this change only
persists for your current work session. It will return to your default search and
browse collection the next time you open Cataloger's Desktop.
The search results screen allows you to refine your search by employing
one or more facets. On the left-hand side of the screen are several facet
boxes labeled: Source Document, Cataloging task,
Material type, Publisher,
Resource type, Language, Country,
and New resources.
The Source Document box allows you to limit your search by
cataloging resource. Each resource in this box has one or more search hits, with the
number of hits noted in parentheses after the resource title.
The Cataloging task box allows you to limit your search by
cataloging resources that are relevant for a specific type of cataloging activity.
Each task in this box has one or more search hits, with the
number of hits noted in parentheses after the task.
The Material type box allows you to limit your search by the type of
resource you are cataloging. Each material type in this box has one or
more search hits, with the number of hits noted in parentheses after the material type.
The Publisher box allows you to limit your search by the resource
publisher or provider. Each publisher in this box has one or
more search hits, with the number of hits noted in parentheses after the publisher.
The Resource type box allows you to limit your search by the type of
cataloging resource. Each resource type in this box has one or
more search hits, with the number of hits noted in parentheses after the resource type.
The Language box allows you to limit your search to resources by
language. Each language in this box has one or
more search hits, with the number of hits noted in parentheses after the language.
The Country box allows you to limit your search to resources that
are particularly relevant to a specific country. Each country in this box has one or
more search hits, with the number of hits noted in parentheses after the country.
The New resources box allows you to limit your search to resources that
have been either recently added or updates. Each date range in this box has one or
more search hits, with the number of hits noted in parentheses after the date range.
Each facet box can be collapsed by clicking the
at the end of the facet title, or expanded by clicking the
at the end of the facet title.
Selecting a facet will limit your search by the facet, in effect performing a
and Boolean search. If you wish to remove a facet from your search, click the
X icon at the right-end of the facet.
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When you perform a keyword search in which one or more words may be misspelled,
Desktop will carry out the search and return results (if any). If the
search engine identifies one or more possible alternative spellings, it will suggest
them with a the notation Did You Mean: . If you wish to
re-run the search with the alternative spellings, simply click the word(s).
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The Sort by pull-down allows you to chose the order in which you prefer your
search results to be sorted. The default sort is the relevancy order based on
search weighting built into the search engine. If you don't make a
sort selection, the relevancy sort will be applied by default. You can choose to have your
search results presented instead in alphabetical order of the results set's
titles, or alternatively, in date order, with the most recently
added or updated resources appearing first.
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Cataloger's Desktop's search engine will retrieve information from Classification Web, provided
that you are a current subscriber to Class Web. Click here to subscribe to Classification Web .
The following Classification Web resources are indexed in Cataloger's Desktop:
- LCSH: LC Subject Headings
- Children's SH: LC Children's Subject Headings
- LCDGT: LC Demographic Group Terms
- LCGFT: LC Genre/Form Terms
- LCMPT: LC Medium of Performance Terms
- LCC: LC Classification
Search Classification Web resources using the same discovery techniques as would be appropriate for any
other Cataloger's Desktop resource. Desktop resource hits are filed under the Desktop
Resources view tab just below the search box. Class Web resource hits are filed individually
to the right of the Desktop Resources view tab. LC Classification hits are sorted in classification
number order and can be further limited by LCC class or sub-class. All other Class Web resource hit lists
are sorted alphabetically.
Class Web search result lists in Cataloger's Desktop represent partial headings, captions, or notes and
should not be used to assign headings or class numbers without first referring to
Classification Web. It is very important that you follow the (View details in
Classification Web) link to Classification Web to see the full hit.
BT = Broader Term; UF = Use For
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Cataloger's Desktop's search engine retrieves and sorts information a variety of ways. The
intent is to provide the most useful information first in the search results list, with less relevent
materials appearing lower on the list.
The following steps are taken to achieve the outcome that the most relevant resources
- Resources with the largest audience and the widest applicability (e.g. MARC 21 formats, Subject
Headings Manual, RDA, AACR2, LC-PCC PS, LCRIs) are weighted ahead of resources with narrower audiences
or more narrow applicability.
- Hits in the title of the section of the resource are weighted higher than hits
in the resource description or citation.
- Hits in the resource's publisher are weighted lower.
- Keyword hits elsewhere in the resource receive no weighting boost.
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The Results / page pull-down allows you to specify how many hits you prefer to
see when you perform a search. The default number of search hits displayed is 10, but you can
change that number to 20, 50, or 100. You can also change the default number of search hits
displayed in your Preferences.
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Q: I know the AACR2 rule number and want to find related rules
in RDA. Can I do that?
A: Yes. Just type the AACR2 rule number into the searchbox,
enclose it in quotes (e.g., "1.1B1") and then click the
Search button. All of the related RDA instructions will be
retrieved. You may want to limit the search by selecting the checkbox next to
RDA and/or LC-PCC PS.
Q: Can I search words close to one another. For example
Cataloger and Judgement within 5 words?
A: You can search for terms close to one another, but you can
not limit that search to specific proximity parameters (such as 'within 5 words')
Q: Can I search with wildcard symbols (like an asterisk)?
A: Yes the asterisk wildcard is supported.
Q: Is there a limit on the number searches I can save?
A: There is not a hard limit, but you will find them less
useful if you save large numbers of searches.
Q: If I don't choose a resource in Contents,
what am I searching?
A: Cataloger's Desktop defaults to "Core resources" unless you
Q: I would like to limit my search to a single document. How
can I do that?
A: The quickest way is to select (click or check)
the checkbox on the left-hand end of the document's Contents view. You
can choose 1 or more subsections of the document by expanding the top level
listing and then selecting each section that you want to search.
Q: Are my preferred resources searched if I use the search
box (assuming that I haven't selected some other subset?)
A: Yes, if you set that as your default resource set. If you don't
set it as your default resource set, then you will search the Core resource set.
Q: Should I always use quotes when searching?
A: You can enclose more than a single keyword in quotes if you
want to do a 'phrase' search, that is to say, all of the words searched together
Q: Will Desktop retrieve catalog if I search
A: Yes. Desktop knows equivalent American, Australian, British, and
Canadian spellings. Desktop also knows equivalent terms, such as the American
"period" versus the British "full stop."
Q: With the catalog/catalogue,
period/"full stop" searches, does it work in reverse? That is, if I
search catalogue or period, will it retrieve the same number
of hits as catalog and "full stop" respectively?
A: Yes, Desktop uses several different thesauri to establish
bi-directional linguistic equivalents. If you are aware of additional instances
that should be added to Desktop's dictionary, please email
Bruce Johnson to have it added.
Q: The search looks like it treats the words
accompanying and material separately even though I had them
in quotes in the search.
A: It DID find all instances of either word within a document,
but it's only retrieving documents that have these words in sequence.
Q: Can I search by MARC tag or MARC code?
A: Yes. Use the
Advanced Search menu.
Q: If I enter a search and I'm unsure what resource has
the answer, should I select All resources in the pull-down next to the
search box before executing the search?
Q: Do the search results (hits) appear in the hit list
in alphabetical order of the resource title?
A: No. Desktop employs search weighting, giving certain
very important resources (like the MARC formats, the Subject Headings Manual,
RDA, and the LC-PCC PSs) higher relevancy ranking as compared to more specialized
or narrowly-focused audience resources.
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