New version of the LC Online Catalog (xSlavlibs)
- fyi...what a great resource the LC catalog is...aj wright
Sent: Tuesday, August 31, 1999 9:42 AM
Today, August 31, marks the opening of the Library of Congress' new
web version of its online catalog, available at
The old system, known as Library of Congress Information Systems, or
LOCIS, will be available until December 31, 1999. However, the last
updates to LOCIS were made on August 12, so searching LOCIS will not give
you any information input after August 12.
The new system, based on the Voyager ILS created by Endeavor, contains all
records and has combined the two major files, i.e., the older PREMARC
records and the MUMS records, so it's one-stop searching. Several
features are better, e.g., truncation with a question mark, but not
everything is better. The OPAC does not include authority headings, for
There are four ways to search, one of which is called Guided Keyword,
which I recommend for most keyword searches. Another search mode is
confusingly called Subject/Name/Title/Call Number. It is not the only
place to compose subject or other searches - Guided Keyword can do them as
well. Subject/Name/Title/Call Number is basically a card catalog
approach, no keywords, so it's fine for known-item searches.
Unfortunately, Subject/Name/Title/Call Number does not allow limits by
language, dates, country of publication, etc., for subject or name
(author) searches, whereas Guided Keyword allows limits on all searches.
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