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WYLDCAT Searching Tips

Title | Author | Phrase

WYLDCAT allows searching 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 record. Your results may include Political Map of the World, The Map that Changed the World, and the Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World: a Map by Map Directory.

When you are doing a title keyword search, the following fields 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)


Search A is for Alibi in Title. Select "All Libraries." You will get many hits including McNally's Alibi, the sound disc When I was Cruel with a song title Alibi in the contents field (MARC field 505), The Alibi, as well as A is for Alibi.

These titles appear because it is a title keyword search and NOT an exact title search.

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, your results will be the same as in the title keyword search. This is because of the stop words in the title (a, is, for). It is only searching alibi. Left to right searching can be useful for longer titles because it does not truncate. If you search A Love of My Own using keyword you will get several hits, but if you use Left to Right from the Match On menu, then you will get fewer.

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, you can conduct 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, at, be, but, by, do, for, if, in, it, of, on, the and to, 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 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)

Search King, Stephen. Some examples from the hits are: the movie version of Hearts in Atlantis produced by Kerry Heysen. This hit comes up because Stephen King is an added author. The book Where Does Thursday Go? by Janeen Brian comes up because Stephen Michael King is an added author.

To get to Stephen King, the author of It, you can select a title from the hitlist and then select More By this Author in the full record results.

Phrase Searching

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

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 Unicorn 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.

For more in depth searching tips, please see the WYLDCAT help files.

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Created by Library Development Office, Training and Education, and Statewide Information Services, Wyoming State Library. Last updated August 27, 2003