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Searching Name/Title Authority Headings

Select the search type Name/Title Authority Headings on the main search screen to browse authority records for:
  • Titles that are entered under a personal or group author/creator
  • Series that are entered under a personal or group author/creator

Name/title authorities are established by the Library of Congress (and cooperating partners) and used in LC Online Catalog records.

Most uniform and series titles entered under a personal or group author/creator are searchable as both Name/Title Authority Headings and Subject Authority Headings. To ensure retrieval of all relevant records, however, it is recommended that the Name/Title Authority Headings search type be your primary search type.

Name/Title Authority Heading Search Examples:

To browse the title (with name) . . . Enter the words in this order . . . Poems, by Laura Jackson jackson laura riding 1901 poems Der Freisch├╝tz, by Carl Maria von Weber weber carl maria von 1786-1826 freischutz The tragicall historie of Hamlet Prince of Denmarke, by William Shakespeare shakespeare william 1564-1616 hamlet Declaration of Independence for the United States of America united states declaration of

Search Tips:

  • The entire name portion of the "name" heading must precede the "title" portion in searching, including dates and titles associated with the name, when present (e.g., dostoyevsky fyodor 1821-1881 crime and). It is recommended that you verify the name portion of a name/title heading using a Name Authority Heading search prior to formulating the title portion of a search.
  • Omit initial articles (a, an, the, das, el, la, etc.) in any language in the title portion of a name/title search.
  • Punctuation (e.g. semicolons, periods, hyphens, slashes, etc.) found at the end of words or phrases is ignored. However, you need to retain punctuation found in the middle of words and numbers (e.g., Folk-lore Society ... and Folklore Society ... display in different places in Headings Lists.
  • Searches are automatically truncated and retrieve name/title heading authority records that begin with the words or phrases entered. You do not need to use the question mark (?) for truncation.

How to View Authorities and References:

Your search results will be presented as a browsable Headings List of title headings in the LC Online Catalog, whether the headings have authority records associated with them or not.

Note: Headings in the LC Online Catalog that end with the legend "[from old catalog]" were assigned before the online cataloging era and may not be associated with a records in Library of Congress Authorities. In addition, the Headings List may display headings from in-process catalog records for which authority records will be made in the near future.

You will be placed at the point in the Headings List most closely matching your search words. To browse through the Headings List, select to view headings that precede your search words alphabetically or scroll down to view headings following your search words. To retrieve authority information, references, and/or notes for a heading, select the icon shown to the left of the heading.

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December 4, 2015