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Headings List (Library of Congress Authorities Help)

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Headings List

A Headings List displays as the result of any authorities search. A Headings List display consists of 4 columns:

Parts of this display:

  • # - Authority records are available only for those headings in the Headings List that display with an icon in the leftmost column. The legend on the icon indicates whether the term in the Headings List is an authorized heading, a "see" (a.k.a. "used for") term, or includes a scope note or "see also," term.
  • Bib Records - indicates the number of bibliographic records in the LC Online Catalog that contain the heading. The "Bib Records" column does not link to the bibliographic records; to view the bibliographic records in which a given heading appears, select the link Go to Library of Congress Online Catalog at the top of any Library of Congress Authorities screen.
  • View Authority Headings/References - lists the heading itself.
  • Type of Heading - indicates the controlled vocabulary used for subjects; the type of author/creator (personal, corporate, meeting) for names and name/titles; or whether the heading is for a series or non-series for titles.

Zero Hits
A "0" (zero) in the Hits column means that no catalog records use the heading; instead users should select icon shown in the first column to find the authorized heading.

[from old catalog]
The designation [from old catalog] appears at the end of some headings. Taken from a previous database, these catalog records are being edited to comply with current cataloging standards and to reflect contemporary language and usage.

About the Icons and What They Link to...

Links to an authorized heading based on the "established" 1XX field of an authority record Links to a non-preferred term (4XX) for an "established" heading. Provides access to the authority record for the "established" heading. Links to an authorized heading based on the "established" 1XX field of an authority record along with "see also" references (5XX) to associated headings. Provides access to authority records for the "established" and "see also" headings. Links to an authorized heading based on the "established" 1XX field of an authority record along with "see also" references (5XX) to associated headings and a "scope note" with additional information. Provides access to authority records for the "established" and "see also" headings. Links to an authorized heading based on the "established" 1XX field of an authority record and a "scope note" with additional information. Provides access to the authority record for the "established" heading. Links to a "scope note" without a link to a complete authority record.

DISPLAY TIPS:

  • More detailed information on Authorized Headings, References and/or Scope Notes is available.
  • The Headings List is a "browsable" index, placing you at the point in the index most closely matching your search words. Select to view headings that precede your search words alphabetically or scroll down to view headings following your search words or selectto move to the next page of headings.

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December 4, 2015