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DRA adds subject and keyword searching to its LC MARC database

Library Systems Newsletter [November 1994]

Data Research Associates (DRA) has announced that it has increased the flexibility and accessibility of its LC MARC database by adding subject and keyword searching. These search options are in addition to past search capabilities, which include author, title, and various identification numbers. Keyword searching provides, among other functions, the ability to search for current popular topics for which LC subject headings might not yet have been established.

The database is mounted on a Z39.50 compliant server, therefore, it can be accessed from any Z39.50-compliant client, whether or not that client is a DRA product. The server supports all Z39.50 Version 2 facilities, allowing for a wide range of search capabilities, including: 1) search qualifiers-such as author, title, subject, call number, LCCN, ISBN, etc.; 2) truncation in search terms; and 3) named result sets, thus 'enabling the combination of previous search result sets with new search terms.

DRA'S LC MARC database consists of more than four million records representing bibliographic, serial, map, and other items cataloged by the Library of Congress. Hundreds of libraries access the database daily-via Internet or Open DRANET-to serve as a reference tool. If they are using the DRA cataloging module, they can use the database to import bibliographic records to their own system. Recent use has averaged more than 5,200 connections per day, with more than 1,200 records copied.

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Publication Year:1994
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: Library Systems Newsletter
Publication Info:Volume 14 Number 11
Issue:November 1994
Publisher:American Library Association
Place of Publication:Chicago, IL
Notes:Howard S. White, Editor-in-Chief; Richard W. Boss, Contributing Editor
Company: Data Research Associates, Inc.
Products: ATLAS
Subject: Z39.50
Record Number:5353
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