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Subject Explorer



Overview

Subject Explorer is a tool to help you quickly and easily find new subjects. You can either search from scratch, or click on an existing subject in the cataloger to help you find more.

Search the database of Sears, Library of Congress, or Library of Congress Children's headings which are cross-linked so you can see how subjects from the various authorities relate. Quickly expand a subject to find broader, narrower, or related terms.

You can also browse the official GSAFD and LC genre subject lists.

Starting Subject Explorer

First, open a MARC record in the cataloger from the My Records pane.

From the cataloger, there are several ways to start Subject Explorer:

  • On the Tools menu, choose Subject Explorer...

    Cataloger Tools Menu

  • Click the Explore this subject button next to a subject heading

    Explore this subject button

    This button opens Subject Explorer and automatically searches for the given subject. This lets you find broader, narrower, or related terms that you could add.

  • Click the Explore Dewey button next to the Dewey Decimal Call Number (082)

    Explore Dewey button

    This button opens Subject Explorer and automatically searches for all subjects with that Dewey number.

Browse Genres

Browse Genres

Click Browse Genres to display the full authoritative list of genre headings. You can choose from GSAFD (Guidelines on Subject Access to Individual Works of Fiction, Drama, Etc), Library of Congress, or Sears.

Add Subjects

Click on a subject to select it. It will highlight and appear in the Add subjects... box.

Add subjects

Click a subject again to unselect it, or click the delete icon next to it in the Add subjects... box.

Click the OK button of Subject Explorer to add all the selected subjects to your record.

Update Dewey

Subject Explorer can also help you find and update the Dewey Decimal Call Number (082 $a).

Search for subject(s) related to your material and select it. If it has a Dewey number associated with it, it appears in the Update Dewey... section.

Update Dewey

If your record already has a Dewey in the 082 $a, that number also appears in the list.

To update the Dewey number, click on its link. The Update 082 $a to box is checked and its value is filled in with the Dewey you clicked on.

Click the OK button of Subject Explorer to update the Dewey number (082 $a) in your record. If the box is not checked, the Dewey is not changed.


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