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Overview

This document discusses the layout of pages for the Voyager interface to the NLS online, public access catalog. See Getting Started for information on searching the catalog, or follow the help link on each page.

Voyager Pages

There are ten Voyager pages:

  1. Basic Search
  2. Guided Search
  3. Limits Page
  4. Headings List
  5. Titles List
  6. Brief Record Display
  7. Subject Contents Display
  8. Full Record Display
  9. MARC Tag Display
  10. Save and E-mail Text Display

1. Basic Search

Page title: Basic Search (NLS Online Union Catalog)

This page contains four sections: 1. Top Navigation Links, 2. Main Search, 3. Search Tips and Examples, and 4. Bottom Navigation Links.

Top Navigation Links

Before the top navigation links is a link to "skip site wide navigation". The navigation links at the top of the page contain the following: Help, Search [inactive], Search history [inactive], Heading List [inactive], Titles list [inactive], Text only version of the catalog, and Start over.

Main Search

The main section of the page begins with the heading "Database: NLS/BPH Voyager Catalog" followed by two links: Basic Search [inactive] (this page) and Guided Search [Link to the other search page].

Enter the search into three form elements that are labeled Step One, Two and Three. Step One is an edit box for the search term, step two is a list box for for selecting optional quick limits, and step three is a list box for selecting the type of search. These are followed by a list box for selecting the number of records to display per page, two buttons "begin search" and "reset", and a link for "set search limits." If you want to set additional limits such as year of production, holding agencies, format, and language, you should follow the "set search limits" link and enter the limits before entering the terms you want to search. Resuming a search after setting limits will refresh the search form removing the terms already entered in edit boxes and chosen in combo boxes.

Search Tips and Examples

This section contains a list of tips and examples for the six search types. If limits are available, there will be a link to the limits help page.

Bottom Navigation Links

The navigation links at the bottom of the page are the same as those at the top.

2. Guided Search

Page title: Guided Keyword Search (NLS Online Union Catalog)

This page contains four sections: 1. Top Navigation Links, 2. Main Search, 3. Search Tips and Examples, and 4. Bottom Navigation Links.

Top Navigation Links

Before the top navigation links is a link to "skip site wide navigation". The navigation links at the top of the page contain the following: Help, Search [inactive], search history [inactive], Heading List [inactive], Titles List [inactive], text only version of the catalog, and Start over.

Main Search

The main section of the page begins with the heading "Database: NLS/BPH Voyager Catalog" followed by two links: Basic Search [link to the other search page] and Guided Search [inactive] (this page).

A guided search allows you to use up to three search terms of one or more words. Using set of form elements for each term and logical operators joining terms, you can guide your search to narrow the results. Each set of elements for a search term begins with "search:".

The first set of elements contains an edit box for the search term(s), a list box for selecting how the terms in the edit box are combined (all of these, any of these, as a phrase), and a list box for selecting which of ten indexes against which to search:

  1. Keyword anywhere [entire record]
  2. Title
  3. Format (braille, sound, electronic)
  4. Holding Agency
  5. Name (author and or narrator)
  6. Subject Headings
  7. Annotation
  8. Content Descriptors
  9. Series
  10. Production Date

Between the first and second and the second and third sets of form elements are three radio buttons for the logical operators, and, or, not. These operators control how the terms in one entry will be combined with the terms in the following entry.

The second and third sets of form elements are exactly the same as the first set.

The last set of elements is followed by a list box for selecting the number of records per page to retrieve and then by two buttons, "begin search" and "reset".

Following these buttons, is a picture link to another page to set search limits. If you want to set additional limits such as a range of production years or a language, you should follow the "set search limits" link and enter the limits before entering the terms you want to search. Resuming a search after setting limits will refresh the search form removing the terms already entered in edit boxes and chosen in list boxes.

Search Tips and Examples

This section contains a list of tips and examples for conducting a guided keyword search.

Bottom Navigation Links

The navigation links at the bottom of the page are the same as those at the top.

3. Limits Page

Page title: Set Search Limits (NLS Online Union Catalog)

This page contains three sections: 1. Top Navigation Links, 2. Limit Options, and 3. Bottom Navigation Links.

Top Navigation Links

Before the top navigation links is a link to "skip site wide navigation". The navigation links at the top of the page contain the following: Help, Search, search history [inactive], Heading List [inactive], Titles List [inactive], text only version of the catalog, and Start over.

Limit Options

The main section of the page begins with the heading "Database: NLS/BPH Voyager Catalog". The body of this section is presented as a table.

At the top, just inside the table is a "set search limits" button.

There are five limits that can be set: date, language, medium, type, and location. Each limit name is a row heading in the table and also serves as a link to Voyager help pages with greater detail. Here are the limit names and choices available for that limit

Date
contains an edit box for a date followed by a set of four radio buttons for equals sign, greater than sign, less than sign, and range [i.e., search as a range] and a second edit box to use as the upper end of a range search.
Language
contains a list box of languages
Medium
contains a list box of media names that can be selected, sound recording, braille, large print, electronic resources, or maps.
Type
contains a list box of the types of material that can be selected; music instructional material is the only type currently available.
Location
contains a list box of location names that can be selected.

At the bottom, inside the table, is a "Set Search Limits" button and a "Clear Search Limits" link.

Bottom Navigation Links

The navigation links at the bottom of the page are the same as those at the top.

4. Headings List

This is the page you get if you do an author index search or a subject index search. It contains an alphabetical list of headings (not records).

Page title: (NLS Online Union Catalog)

This page contains three sections: 1. Top Navigation Links, 2. Headings List, and 3. Bottom Navigation Links.

Top Navigation Links

Before the top navigation links is a link to "skip site wide navigation". The navigation links at the top of the page contain the following: Help, Search, search history, Heading List [inactive], Titles list [inactive], text only version of the catalog, and Start over.

Headings List

The main section of the page begins with the heading "Database: NLS/BPH Voyager Catalog". The main portion of this section is the headings list table. Before the table is a line with a restatement of the search, "You Searched", and a description of the search followed by a line indicating which search results are displayed on this page. Both before and after the table is a pair of links, "previous" and "next" for moving backwards and forwards in the heading list.

The headings list is a table with four columns, the number of rows is dependant on the number selected in the number of records list box on the search page.

The four columns are: 1. Row number, 2. Number of hits, 3. Heading column, and 4. Type of heading.

Each heading is linked to retrieve the list of records associated with that heading. Some headings will not retrieve any records. They are present because they are cross references. In this case, the first column will contain a link labeled More Info.

Bottom Navigation Links

The navigation links at the bottom of the page are the same as those at the top.

5. Titles List

Page title: Titles List (NLS Online Union Catalog)

This is the page you get for searches of the keyword, title, and command keyword indexes, and when you select a link from a headings list.

This page is divided into seven sections: 1. Top Navigation Links, 2. Search Restatement and Results Pagination 3. Titles List, 4. Results Pagination, 5. Save, Print, and E-mail Table, 6. Revise Search and Submit Search Section, and 7. Bottom Navigation Links.

Top Navigation Links

Before the top navigation links is a "skip site wide navigation" link. The navigation links that are skipped contain the following: Help, Search, Search History, Heading List, Titles List [inactive], Text only version of the catalog, and Start over.

Search Restatement, Results Location, and Results Sorting

The next section of the page begins with the heading "Database: NLS/BPH Voyager Catalog". The following line is a restatement of the search as "You Searched" and a description of the search followed by a line indicating which search results are displayed on this page. The maximum number of results is set at the time of search.

When the results are more than the maximum, there are pagination links for "previous" and "next". When the results require more than two pages, there will be successive number links between previous and next. The number links will be in multiples of the maximum set on the search page.

The last element of this section is a table that contains the list box, "resort search results by:" This enables a resorting of search results by Full Title, Main Author, Date Ascending or Date Descending. When one of the options is selected, Javascript causes the screen to reinitialize and to present the current results in the new order, beginning with the first record.

Titles List

The main section of the page is a collection of nested tables that present the list of titles. The contents of the table will differ, depending upon the index selected for the search. Each item in the list includes these elements that span two rows over six, sometimes five, columns:

Record Number Check box
The record number check box is displayed for keyword, title, and command keyword searches. This form element is first item and spans both rows. It enables, by checking, selection of particular titles in the results list for further action, such as saving, printing and e-mailing.
Relevance
The relevance element is displayed for keyword searches in the second cell of the first row for the item. Relevance is represented graphically by showing from 1 to 5 symbols, with more symbols equating to greater relevance. This item spans two rows, as does the record number check box. Each symbol can be displayed in half or in whole. A whole symbol has the alt text of two plus signs. A half symbol has the alt text of one plus sign.
Title
The title element is displayed for title index searches in the second cell of the first row of an item. It will not appear if the title list was produced in the course of a keyword or command keyword index search.
Author
The author element is displayed in the next cell of the first row of an item. This element is displayed for keyword, title, and command keyword index searches. It follows title for results of a title search. It follows relevance for results of a keyword search. For a command keyword search, author follows the record number check box.
Title Long
The full title element is displayed in the next cell of the first row of an item This element is displayed for keyword, title, and command keyword index searches. It serves as a link to a brief record display, which is described below.
Date
The four-digit year of the date of production of the special format version of the book is displayed in the next cell of the first row of an item. It is also a link to the brief record display for that title. If a title is in process, the "pipe" character replaces each digit of the year of production. When pronunciation of punctuation is off, the result is simply, "link".
Electronic Resource
The last cell in the first row of an item may, or may not, have content. When an item has an electronic version, for instance, web braille books, the icon, "Electronic Resource Available" will appear. The alt text of this icon is "Record Contains Link to Electronic Resource".
Location
The second item of the bottom row for each item is a table cell that spans between the record number check box and the end of the row. The cell contains a nested table with two cells. The first cell of this nested table contains the label, "LOCATION:" followed by the name of the producing agency.
Book Number
The second item of the nested table is a cell with the label, "BOOK NUMBER:" followed by the number assigned by the producing agency. The term, "INPROCESS" will appear if the book has not completed.

After the table is a "Set search limits" link, "Clear Marked records" button, and "Retain marked records" button.

Results Pagination

After the titles list table and its controls is a repeat of the section with Previous and next links, and links to additional pages of results (if any).

Save, Print and E-mail Table

This table contains four rows and up to three columns.

The first row contains one column of text "Save, Print and E-mail" and a link to the help page.

The second row contains three column headings: Select Records, Select Format, and Print or Save.

The third row contains three columns: Under "Select Records" there are three radio buttons: All (this page only), Selected (this page only), and Selected (across pages). The default is "Selected (this page only)". Under "Select Format" there are two radio buttons: "Text Format" (default) and "MARC Format". Under "Print or Save" there is one image of a button "Print or Save Search Results." The alt text is "print".

The fourth row contains two columns. The first column contains one image of a button, "E-mail Search Results." The alt text says "enter". An edit box with the label, "Enter E-mail address" spans the second and third columns.

Revise Search and Submit Search Section

The next "revise search" section allows you to compose a new search without going back to the search page. This section begins with the text "Revise Search" and an edit box with the current search term in it and in which you can enter a new term. This is followed by the text, "Select Type" and a list box with the search types found also on the Basic Search page. This is followed by the text "Quick Limits" and a list box with the same options as those provided on the Basic Search page. Quick limits is followed by a list box for the number of records per page with the default value for the current search. Lastly, there are "Search" and "Reset" buttons.

Bottom Navigation Links

The navigation links at the bottom of the page are the same as those at the top.

6. Brief Record Display

Page title: Brief Record (NLS Online Union Catalog)

This page is divided into five sections: 1. Top Navigation Links, 2. Links To Other Display Types, 3. Record Display, 4. Save, Print, or E-mail Table, and 5. Bottom Navigation Links.

Top Navigation Links

Before the top navigation links is a "skip site wide navigation" link. The navigation links that are skipped contain the following: Help, Search, search history, Heading List, Titles list, text only version of the catalog, and Start over.

Links to Other Display Types

This section of the page begins with the heading "Database: NLS/BPH Voyager Catalog" followed by a restatement of the search as "You Searched" and a description of the search followed by a line indicating which search results are displayed on this page. The there may be links to "Previous" and/or "Next" record displays followed by links to the various types of record displays: Brief [inactive] (this page), Subjects/Content, Full, and MARC Tags.

Record Display

The main section is the record display itself with the title, Book number, Format Brief description, Series, Annotation, Other formats note with links to Web-Braille volumes, if any, Access restrictions [Availability restricted to those meeting eligibility requirements of holding agency. . .], and Location.

In this display, the Author fields and series title fields are links. They generate an author index search or title index search of the series title.

The record may be followed by "Previous" and/or "next" links.

Save, Print and E-mail Table

This table contains four rows and up to three columns.

The first row contains one column of text "Save, Print and E-mail" and a link to the help page.

The second row contains three column headings: Select Records, Select Format, and Print or Save.

The third row contains three columns: Under "Select Records" there are three radio buttons: All (this page only), Selected (this page only), and Selected (across pages). The default is "Selected (this page only)". Under "Select Format" there are two radio buttons: "Text Format" (default) and "MARC Format". Under "Print or Save" there is one image of a button "Print or Save Search Results." The alt text is "print".

The fourth row contains two columns. The first column contains one image of a button, "E-mail Search Results." The alt text says "enter". An edit box with the label, "Enter E-mail address" spans the second and third columns.

Bottom Navigation Links

The navigation links at the bottom of the page are the same as those at the top.

7. Subject Contents Display

Page title: Subject Contents (NLS Union Catalog)

This page is divided into five sections: 1. Top Navigation Links, 2. Links To Other Display Types, 3. Record Display, 4. Save, Print, or E-mail Table, and 5. Bottom Navigation Links.

Top Navigation Links

Before the top navigation links is a "skip site wide navigation" link. The navigation links that are skipped contain the following: Help, Search, search history, Heading List, Titles list, text only version of the catalog, and Start over.

Links To Other Display Types

The next section of the page begins with the heading "Database: NLS/BPH Voyager Catalog" followed by a restatement of the search as "You Searched" and a description of the search followed by a line indicating which search results are displayed on this page. Then there may be links to "Previous" and/or "Next" record displays followed by links to the various types of record displays: Brief, Subjects/Content [inactive] (this page), Full, and MARC Tags.

Record Display

The main section is the record display. It is in a simple, two-column table. Not all records have all possible fields that display on this page. Among the displayed fields are relevance (for keyword searches), location, book number, format, contents, annotation, Dewey classification number, subject headings, and the genre category.

In this display, the Subject headings are links that initiate a new search.

Save, Print and E-mail Table

This table contains four rows and up to three columns.

The first row contains one column of text "Save, Print and E-mail" and a link to the help page.

The second row contains three column headings: Select Records, Select Format, and Print or Save.

The third row contains three columns: Under "Select Records" there are three radio buttons: All (this page only), Selected (this page only), and Selected (across pages). The default is "Selected (this page only)". Under "Select Format" there are two radio buttons: "Text Format" (default) and "MARC Format". Under "Print or Save" there is one image of a button "Print or Save Search Results." The alt text is "print".

The fourth row contains two columns. The first column contains one image of a button, "E-mail Search Results." The alt text says "enter". An edit box with the label, "Enter E-mail address" spans the second and third columns.

Bottom Navigation Links

The navigation links at the bottom of the page are the same as those at the top.

8. Full Record Display

Page title: Full Record (NLS Online Union Catalog)

This page is divided into five sections: 1. Top Navigation Links, 2. Links To Other Display Types, 3. Record Display, 4. Save, Print, or E-mail Table, and 5. Bottom Navigation Links.

Top Navigation Links

Before the top navigation links is a "skip site wide navigation" link. The navigation links that are skipped contain the following: Help, Search, search history, Heading List, Titles list, text only version of the catalog, and Start over.

Links To Other Display Types

The next section of the page begins with the heading "Database: NLS/BPH Voyager Catalog" followed by a restatement of the search as "You Searched" and a description of the search followed by a line indicating which search results are displayed on this page. Then there may be links to "Previous" and/or "Next" record displays followed by links to the various types of record displays: Brief, Subjects/Content, Full [inactive] (this page), and MARC Tags.

Record Display

The main section is the record display in a simple, two-column table. It presents just about everything in the MARC record, but it uses natural language field labels rather than the numeric MARC field labels.

In this display, the names in the field, "Related Names" and the terms in the "Subjects" field are links. They generate an author index search or subject index browsing list of the heading.

Save, Print and E-mail Table

This table contains four rows and up to three columns.

The first row contains one column of text "Save, Print and E-mail" and a link to the help page.

The second row contains three column headings: Select Records, Select Format, and Print or Save.

The third row contains three columns: Under "Select Records" there are three radio buttons: All (this page only), Selected (this page only), and Selected (across pages). The default is "Selected (this page only)". Under "Select Format" there are two radio buttons: "Text Format" (default) and "MARC Format". Under "Print or Save" there is one image of a button "Print or Save Search Results." The alt text is "print".

The fourth row contains two columns. The first column contains one image of a button, "E-mail Search Results." The alt text says "enter". An edit box with the label, "Enter E-mail address" spans the second and third columns.

Bottom Navigation Links

The navigation links at the bottom of the page are the same as those at the top.

9. MARC Tag Display

Page title: Marc Tags (NLS Union Catalog)

This page is divided into five sections: 1. Top Navigation Links, 2. Links To Other Display Types, 3. Record Display, 4. Save, Print, or E-mail Table, and 5. Bottom Navigation Links.

Top Navigation Links

Before the top navigation links is a "skip site wide navigation" link. The navigation links that are skipped contain the following: Help, Search, search history, Heading List, Titles list, text only version of the catalog, and Start over.

Links To Other Display Types

The next section of the page begins with the heading "Database: NLS/BPH Voyager Catalog" followed by a restatement of the search as "You Searched" and a description of the search followed by a line indicating which search results are displayed on this page. Then there may be links to "Previous" and/or "Next" record displays followed by links to the various types of record displays: Brief, Subjects/Content, Full, and MARC Tags [inactive] (this page).

Record Display

The main section is the record display itself which is in a simple, two-column table and contains everything in the MARC record, and it uses the numeric MARC field tags.

Save, Print and E-mail Table

This table contains four rows and up to three columns.

The first row contains one column of text "Save, Print and E-mail" and a link to the help page.

The second row contains three column headings: Select Records, Select Format, and Print or Save.

The third row contains three columns: Under "Select Records" there are three radio buttons: All (this page only), Selected (this page only), and Selected (across pages). The default is "Selected (this page only)". Under "Select Format" there are two radio buttons: "Text Format" (default) and "MARC Format". Under "Print or Save" there is one image of a button "Print or Save Search Results." The alt text is "print".

The fourth row contains two columns. The first column contains one image of a button, "E-mail Search Results." The alt text says "enter". An edit box with the label, "Enter E-mail address" spans the second and third columns.

Bottom Navigation Links

The navigation links at the bottom of the page are the same as those at the top.

10. Save and E-mail Text Display

Page title: url

If this page is retrieved from a titles list, it will contain a plain display for each title for which the record number check box is checked. If it is brought up from a display page, it contains only a plain text display of a single record for saving or printing with browser.

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