It was great working on the series of weird and wonderful
Olympic Games blog posts. If you would like a go at searching for titles in SUNCAT
here are a few different ways of going about it. They all have their plus and
keyword(s)’: The words you type in the search box appear only in title
fields, which are the 222, 245 and 246 MARC tags.
you are looking for. However, this search will not bring back all titles on the
subject if the search terms do not appear in the title field.
misleading! When searching for ‘canoe’
one result was ‘Stone canoe’. However, by looking at the whole record you can
see that this title has nothing to do with canoeing. Looking for clues in this way is not always
easy. It is very much dependent on the standard of the record. A search engine
had to be used in a couple of cases to make sure that the title was indeed
relevant as the record was very brief, one example being ‘Judo Joe’.
The words you type in appear anywhere in the record.
not seem to have anything to do with the subject. Examples include: ‘The Bump’
and ‘The Mayonnaise’, which are both rowing titles.
the subject. An example of this is a basic keyword search using ‘badminton’,
which brought back titles such as ‘Socialist beacon’ and ‘Rambler for folk’. In this case ‘Badminton’ is the publishing
location.Remember to check the whole record to see that they are to
do with the search terms you enter.
headings: The words you type in appear in the 6XX tags in a record, which
correspond to subject heading schemas such Library of Congress Subject Headings,
and even local subject classification schemes.
and ‘diving’, where there are different types of each discipline. Looking at the subject headings is a good way
of identifying which it is referring to. However, as always, we are very much
dependent on the quality of the record. Some records contained the subject
‘field hockey’, but some just used ‘hockey’.
Here you just need to look at the other information in the record and
also use some common sense, for example ice hockey is more popular in Canada
and the USA than field hockey.
the basic search box when searching under ‘keyword(s)’ or ‘title keyword(s)’.
This was used to try and get titles on the right kind of diving and hockey.
do still come through as they do not contain the exact words entered in the
search box. Again, a good quality record
There are many ways to search SUNCAT, all with their own merits.
As can be seen from the above, it is best to use a variety of search techniques
when trying to find titles on a specific subject area. If you are looking for a specific title then the basis search ‘exact title’ or ‘ISSN’ is more appropriate. Alternatively, you can use the advanced search options. For more information on searching in SUNCAT click on ‘Help’ at the top right-hand corner of the SUNCAT basic search or advanced search pages.