Searching Title Authority Headings
the search type, "Title Authority Headings" on the main
search screen to browse authority records for:
- Uniform Titles, that are not entered under a personal
or group author/creator
- Series Titles, that are not entered under a personal
or group author/creator
... established by the Library of Congress (and cooperating partners)
and used in Library of Congress
Online Catalog records.
Keyword Searching of authority records is not available
in this release of Library of Congress Authorities.
All searches should be entered beginning with the leftmost
word of the heading (see search tips
Series titles and uniform titles are searchable as
Title Authority Headings. Most title authority headings
and references will also be retrieved by a Subject Authority
Headings search; but to ensure retrieval of all relevant
records, it is recommended that only the Title Authority
Headings search type should be used to search for title
Title Authority Heading Search Examples:
|To browse the title . . .
||Enter the words . . .
|Gardening by Design
||gardening by design
|The Song of Roland
||song of roland
|A New-York Historical Society Book
||new york historical society book
- Always omit initial articles (a, an, the, das, el, la, etc.)
in any language.
- Always omit initial punctuation in any language (e.g., quotation
marks, ¿). Also, replace other punctuation with a space.
(Exception: drop apostrophes and close up the space.) See
- If searching the full title does not produce satisfactory results,
enter only the first few words of the title.
- crito (for Crito; a Socratic dialogue
or Crito; or, A dialogue on beauty )
- dr jekyll (for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
or Dr. Jekyll alias Mr. Hyde)
- new directions in ed (for New directions in
- what do you care what (for What do YOU care
what other people think?)
- Consider alternate forms of title words:
- initials, acronyms, abbreviations (e.g., us or united
- numbers (e.g., 10 or ten)
- one word or two (e.g., healthcare or health care)
- spelling variations (e.g., color or colour)
- similar concepts (e.g., british or english)
- word variations (e.g., email or e-mail)
- Searches are automatically truncated and retrieve catalog records
that begin with the words or phrases entered. Do not use the question
mark (?) for truncation.
How to View Authorities and References:
Your search results will be presented as a Headings
List -- a list of all name headings in the
Library of Congress Online Catalog, whether the headings have
online authority records associated with them or not.
Please Note: Headings that end with
the legend "[from old catalog]" were assigned before
the online cataloging era and may not be associated with an online
authority record. In addition, the Headings List may display headings
from in-process catalog records for which authority records will
be made in the near future.
The Title Authority Headings search is a "browse,"
placing you at the point in the index most closely matching your
search words. Select to
view headings that precede your search words alphabetically or scroll
down to view headings following your search words.
To retrieve authority information, references and/or scope
notes for a heading, select the icon shown to the left of the heading.
Please consult the following Help Screens for more detailed information: