Fine-tuning the advanced search

When you use the advanced search form to do a title/author search, or when looking for an ISBN, Libraries Australia only looks for your search terms within certain MARC tags. Libraries Australia includes more than a hundred different search indexes (title, author, subject, etc) each of which can be used to limit your search to a selected set of MARC tags. These have been reviewed as part of the LASR project and while most will remain the same, one of the most noticeable changes affects title searches.

Lots of you told us that title searches return too many results which aren't relevant. In response to this, the new Libraries Australia search will stop including 505$a and $t in a title search.

For example, when the new system is available, if you search for the title: "sweet dreams", you will no longer get the "Essentially Christmas" CD in your results.

MARC fields that will continue to be part of a title search are:

  • 130, 210, 240, 243, 246, 247, 440, 490, 730, 740, 830
  • 242, 245 (but omit $c for all of these)
  • 400, 410, 411, 100, 110, 111, 700, 710, 711, 800, 810, 811 (but only subfields after $t for all of these)
  • In most cases, omit $x,v

Does this change go too far? Or not far enough? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

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2 Responses to Fine-tuning the advanced search

  1. I'm generally in favour of the change. What about omnibuses and collected works, though? Are the individual titles covered by one of the other MaRC fields?

    • You will still be able to search 505$a and $t using the “Notes” or the “Any Keyword” indexes. They will also still be included when doing a Simple Search. Do you think it will cause you any major issues if they aren't part of the title index?

      LASR project team
      National Library of Australia