|Section 3E.2 :
Searching Guidelines for Books
|VoyagerSearch by title or author in Voyager to see if we already own the work or a manifestation of it. Manifestation means a different edition, in a different language, or even a different format (film, CD, etc.).
Use the following searches in the order given to find records to match the book that you are searching. Searches are relative to the item you have — you may not follow this list exactly.
*If you see a serial record in your results — bring to the Supervisor’s attention.
Level 1 — identifying items for Library of Congress (DLC) Cataloging:
Check the following fields: Blvl: m Elvl: blank, I, or 8 Desc: a DtSt: s
If all these criteria are present see – Library of Congress Cataloging instructions.
Level 2 — identifying items for copy cataloging:
Check the following fields: Blvl: m Elvl: I Desc: a
If all these criteria are present see – Copy Cataloging Instructions.
Level 3 — identifying items for complex copy or original cataloging:
Blvl: anything beside m Elvl: anything other than blank, I, or 8
Items falling in this catagory are to be given to cataloger.
Verify that the record matches the book you have.
Look at the following fields and compare them with the book:
1xx main entry (author, etc. may be a person, a corporate name, a title. Editors may be in 7xx fields).
Deciding between multiple bibliographic records. Use the following priorities to decide between records that match the book you have when you get more than one hit for a book.
1. 040 DLC =c DLC
2. 040 Other member libraries
3. Other member libraries that do not fit the patterns above.
Prefer as full a record as possible.
Always search from the title page and the verso of the title page if present. The information given here may be found on other places on a book, especially foreign books, but use this source first.
When in doubt — ASK!!