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Searching the Subject Cataloging Manual: Subject Headings

In this Quick Tip, designed and developed by Library Services' Instructional Design and Training Division for Cataloging Distribution Service, you will learn how to do focused searches in the Subject Cataloging Manual: Subject Headings (SCM:SH) using either a Simple Search or an Advanced Search in 3-4 minutes. If you need instruction in basic Cataloger's Desktop searching techniques, please work through the Searching Quick Tip first. You may leave this tutorial at any time by clicking on the Cataloger's Desktop banner at the top of each page.

In many instances, it is better to search in a specific SCM:SH section rather than searching the entire manual.

We will begin by using the Table of Contents (TOC) pane on the left to browse Subject Cataloging Manual: Subject Headings to find a list of free-floating subdivisions.

First click the Desktop classic link to see the Table of Contents (TOC), then scroll down and click the folder next to Subject Cataloging Manual.

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Desktop classic link Subject Cataloging Manual folder

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