How To Search/Library of Congress

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Library of Congress - (still incomplete)

  • Purpose: Make its resources available and useful to the Congress and the American people and to sustain and preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations. [1]
  • Audience: See the Purpose.
  • Scope: "The Library of Congress Online Catalog is a database of records representing the vast collection of materials held by the Library. In addition to these records, the Online Catalog provides cross-references, notes, and circulation status, as well as information about Library materials still in the acquisitions stage." [2]
  • Refresh Rate:
  • Further Information: The Library of Congress (LOC) online catalog allows for a variety of search types. Boolean operators and search limits are only available when using certain search types.

Search Types[edit]

This section is not part of most search pages in the How to search wikibook. It is specific to the LOC.

  • Title
  • Author/Creator Browse
  • Subject Browse
  • Keyword
  • Command Keyword - Boolean searches available.
  • Call Number Browse
  • LCCN-ISSN-ISBN
  • Series/Uniform Title Browse
  • Author/Creator Sorted by Title Browse

Boolean Operators[edit]

Only available in the Command Keyword type of search.

Boolean
Operator
Syntax Example
AND AND
skunk AND tomato
OR OR
skunk OR tomato
NOT NOT
skunk NOT tomato

Other Operators[edit]

Other Features[edit]