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WYLDCAT Search Tips (eLibrary)

This guide covers searching practices for the eLibrary version of WYLDCAT (classic catalog). All searching in the Enterprise version of WYLDCAT uses keyword searches and ranks results by relevancy.

You can search WYLDCAT by keyword, exact, and browse. The default search for all indexes (word or phrase, title, author, subject, series, periodical title) is keyword. Change the radio button above the search box to select exact or browse instead.

Title Keyword Search

If you search Map of the World and select "title" you are doing a title keyword search in several fields of the catalog records. Your results may include Political Map of the World, The Map that Changed the World, etc.

When you are doing a title keyword search, the following fields of the catalog (MARC) record are being searched:

  • 130 (Uniform Title)
  • 245 (Title Statement)
  • 440 (Added entry--Series title)
  • 730 (Added entry--Uniform title)
  • 740 (Added entry--Analytical title)
  • 5xx (all notes fields)

To do an exact title search, change the radio button to 'exact' or switch to Advanced Search. Scroll down and click on the drop down menu for Match On and select Exact Content. Click on search.

If you select Left to Right from the Match On menu, the results will be for titles that include the terms in the order that they were entered.

If you have a title that has many stop words (A is for Alibi) or is a stop word, for example, It by Stephen King, (or is simply a one word title) you can submit the search two ways. Choose an exact search as outlined above or select Browse instead. The browse search will result in a browse list.

Stop Words

WYLDCAT ignores specified words when searching the catalog, allowing WYLDCAT to search for the keywords of an expression. These "stop words" are usually articles, prepositions, or conjunctions, such as a, an, be, if, in, it, of, the, among others. Enclose your expression in double quotation marks to prevent the stop words from being ignored.

Author Search

A basic author search is an author keyword search. An author search is looking at the following library catalog fields:

  • 100 (Personal Name)
  • 110 (Corporate Name)
  • 111 (Meeting Name)
  • 700 (Added entry--Personal Name)
  • 710 (Added entry--Corporate Name)
  • 711 (Added entry--Meeting Name)

Phrase Searching

For a title or phrase search, use single quotation marks around the search terms. WYLDCAT will search those words together in a field in the library catalog record.

Choose a specific type of search from the drop down menu (for example, title)

Type 'Map of the World'


Select Advanced Search

Choose a specific type of search from the drop down menu

Select title and type Map of the World

Select match on: Exact
Note that the "word/phrase" index will not work for exact phrase searching.

NOTE: By just putting Map of the World in double quotation marks, you are NOT doing an exact phrase search. The double quotes only tell WYLDCAT to recognize Boolean operators and search on stop words. So, doing a keyword search on Map of the World in double quotation marks is simply telling the system to retrieve all records that contain all of those words, including "of" and "the". They do not have to be in order, just in the same bibliographic field.

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