The new SCIS Catalogue provides a number of ways to search by subject. To choose the most useful subject search option for your purpose, first consider whether you are looking for:
- a SCIS Subject Heading or ScOT term to apply to a catalogue record, or
- resources on a particular subject.
1. TO FIND A SUBJECT HEADING
Selecting the subject tab before entering a search term provides the most comprehensive option for a subject heading search, looking for the subject term anywhere in subject, and returning any matching SCIS Subject Headings and ScOT terms in an alphabetical list.
The number of related titles, and details of any broader and narrower terms are provided below the subject heading.
While the default display is set to a list of 20 subject terms per page, this number can be changed to 10, 25 or 50 records per page prior to searching.
The Subject browse drop down option within Basic search returns an alphabetical list of SCIS Subject Headings and ScOT terms that start with this term and also provides a count of titles and details of references.
This is helpful for finding the most appropriate subdivision of a SCIS Subject Heading.
2. TO FIND RESOURCES ON A SUBJECT
Note: these search options will provide a list of records, not a list of subject headings.
Subject search within basic search looks for the search term anywhere in any subject heading and returns the records that meet that criteria.
Results are sorted alphabetically by title, but can be changed to a sort by publication date or author using the drop down options at the top right of the search results.
To find the subject heading used for a particular title, click on the title to display the full record and view the subjects. Click through from the full record to investigate that subject heading further.
Advanced search is accessed from the top right hand banner menu of the SCIS Catalogue, and provides the option to combine a subject search with other search parameters. Advanced search will return a list of records, sorted alphabetically by title.
Screenshots of SCIS Catalogue courtesy of Ex Libris Voyager system