RE: a question of searching...

Rick Faaberg (
Wed, 12 Jun 2002 10:49:05 -0700 (PDT)

> 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


Very interesting problem. I'm curious whether "Innovative" runs under Oracle
and whether it uses the Oracle Intermedia search engine - because we've seen
a similar problem and our search engine is Oracle's Intermedia.

We have a title "Osama Bin Laden: A Non-threatening Profile". Searching for
'Osama' brings up nothing. Searching for 'Osama Bin Laden' brings up
nothing. Searching for 'Bin' yields a hit. Searching for 'Laden' yields a
hit. Very weird.

I'll be researching this with our programmers.