Re: a question of searching...

Christopher Lewis (
Wed, 12 Jun 2002 10:17:02 -0700 (PDT)

I'm sure this breaks the rules but couldn't you cheat and make a 246 field
(varying form of the title) entry that searches on the first letter?

Christopher Lewis
American University Library
Media Librarian

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Rhonda Rosen
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06/12/02 12:36 PM
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hi all,

we use the Innovative online catalog. recently, when
searching our catalog for "El Norte" i found that the
system will not access the title by "El" Norte --only
when you search by "Norte". Same for "La Boheme", "La
Strada", "El Cid", etc.

Now, i understand that we always drop the article when
searching by title, but i don't think people
necessarily consider that when finding foreign titles.

Our catalogers say that this is just the way it has to
be, and that we need to either have patrons search by
keyword, or educate them better, but i think this is
ridiculous. Hell, when i search for these titles on it comes up easily...

How do people search in your catalogs? you can
respond directly to me if you wish...

Rhonda Rosen
Loyola Marymount University

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