Index labels and examples of an expert search in WorldCat.org and WorldCat Local

  • You may type an index label with your search terms rather than a selection from the list of indexes to search on any search screen. The information you type overrides all default menu selections.
  • Use a colon after an index label (as in au:wang) when you are not certain of your search terms.

Text string searching

The following are sample rather than actual searches.

Indexes Labels Examples
Keyword kw:  coffee or tea and house+

(keyword searches, publication year, ISBN, geographic codes, map data, and all the information found in the Author, Title, Notes and Subject indexes)
Keyword search + full text kf: 

coffee or tea

(keyword search of all full text content plus the following keyword indexes:  xb, ut, au, su, yr, bn,sn, no, x0, x44, ln, fc.

Note:  Only available from databases where full text indexing is available.

This search index can be used on any search.  If there are no full text databases being searched, then only the kw indexes will be applied.

Access Method am:  www oclc org (or) oclc

(omit http://, and use spaces instead of any punctuation or special characters)
Accession Number no:  37993343

(OCLC)
Author au:  saint-arroman

(use single quotes around 'le' and other words that are operators;

operators supported in FirstSearch: Boolean search operators, parentheses, proximity operators, wildcards; operators included are le, ge, it, gt, n, near, w, with, and, or, not)
BC year bc:  bc:500
Character Sets Present vp:  vp:hbr

(three-letter language code)
Corporate and Conference Name cd:  canadian
Descriptor de:  voice disorders
Dewey Class Number dd:  998.900

(index deletes and collapses spaces and punctuation, except periods)
Form/genre ge:  novel
Full text only fc: 

butterfly migration

(searches full text content within indexed databases only)

Gov Doc Number gn:  y4p9610w292

(omit spaces and punctuation)
Institution Record Call Number

(for libraries that have enabled searching Institition Records)
nu:  E185.61.B79141988

E185.61*

(omit all spaces and additional text except periods for each subfield of data provided; sometimes the data displayed actually comes from more then one subfield; truncating the search can make sure all types of data entry are retrieved; this index does not support browsing)
ISBN isbn:  3196311821 or 31-9631-182-1

9780763625894 or 978-0-763625-89-4

(search with or without hyphens)
ISSN issn:  0000-0019

(use hyphens)
Journal Source so: 

Time

(finds title of host item from various fields, depending on database)

Language of Cataloging Description ll:  chi
Language of Work ln:  kw:coffeehouse* and ln:japanese

(browse the index for a complete list of languages)
Library and Archives Canada Class Number rvm:  sf209.5

(index deletes and collapses spaces and punctuation, except periods)
Library of Congress Call No. lc: 

hd9000.6

(index deletes and collapses all spaces and punctuation, except periods)

Material Type mt:  dvv (Material Type code for searching just DVDs)
Music Number mu:  has19832

(concatenates all punctuation and spaces up to a dash or double hyphen)
Musical Composition mc:  jazz
Named Corporation and Conference nc:  world conference on women
Natl AG Lib Call No ag:  sf223.w47

(index deletes and collapses spaces and punctuation, except periods)
NLM Call Number lm:  hv4915

(index deletes and collapses spaces and punctuation, except periods)
Notes/Comments nt:  translation-adaptation
Personal Name pn:  lemaire
Publisher pb:  Ballantine
Report Number rn:  epa 000275057

(omit punctuation and retain spaces)
Series Title se:  emb report
Standard Number sn:  1097461x or 1097-461x

1550463160 or 155-0463-160

9780763625894 or 978-0-763625-89-4

64002560

(for all searches, hyphens can be included in the search or removed; for the LCCN number, only the number used for storage, with the year and then six digits with leading zeros for unused digits, is indexed; many other standard numbers are included in this index)
Subject su:  coffee and tea house+
Subject Headings, LC hl:  biography

(only subject headings noted as US Library of Congress)  
Subject Headings, LC Children's Lit hc:  parties

(only subject headings noted as US Library of Congress Children's Literature)  
Subject Headings, MESH hm:  optometry

(only subject headings noted as MESH/US National Library of Medicine)  
Subject Headings, NAL ha:  fruit

(only subject headings noted as US National Library of Agriculture)  
Subject Headings, Canadian he:  photography

(only subject headings noted as Canadian National Library in English)  
Subject Headings, RVM hr:  indiens

(only subject headings noted as Repertoire des vedettes-matiere [Canadian National Library in French])  
Subject Headings, Sears hs:  legends

(only subject headings noted as Sears)  
Subject Headings, Other ho:  fiction

gsafd

(includes the MARC codes for the classification type indexed)
Title ti:  music w3 british w3 enlightenment
Uniform Title ut:  bible
Unique Serial Title tk:  renew annual report
Univeral Decimal Class No. ud:  101-051

(use periods and hyphens)
Update Date up:  20080101
Year of Publication yr:  2010
Year 2 yy:  2010

(all unknown digits are searched as 9s; however, if all four digits are unknown, they are searched as 0000)

See also: Index values and MARC fields in WorldCat.org and WorldCat Local.