Basic data on depressive symptomatology, United States, 1974-75 / [Rona Beth Sayetta and David P. Johnson]. (OCLC #5833792)

To search for a Sudoc number in OCLC (like “HE 20.6209:11/216”), use the gn: index, and remove all punctuation and spacing from the number:

gn: HE20620911216

This search does return the title we’re looking for:

Vital and health statistics. Series 11, no. 216
HE 20.6209:11/216

but also this one, whose Sudoc number compresses to the same string:

NCHS CD-ROM. Series 21, no. 6.
HE 20.6209/11:21/6

This is still a useful search, to quickly get you to government document records (if they exist), but since that compression to the search string is lossy, you must confirm that any record you find this way is the correct one.


Memoría histórica y poscolonialismo en Corea del Sur : los usos del pasado en el nuevo cine documental / María del Pilar Álvarez. (OCLC #965255325)

This volume had a prominent “Korea Foundation” logo on it, and an explanatory statement on the title page verso, which I included in a quoted note:

500 __ ǂa "The Korea foundation has provided financial assistance
    for the undertaking of this publication project"--Title page

I also wanted to include an added entry for the foundation with a “sponsoring body” relationship, but had some difficulty locating its AAP. A Corporate / Conference Name authority search for “Korea Foundation” returned 55 results, most of which were romanized Korean; I assumed most of them had something including “Korea Foundation” as a 410, but as the results list only shows the authorized access points (110), I could not quickly identify which was the one I was looking for.

I looked up the foundation on Wikipedia, and found its name in Korean (한국국제교류재단) which I used to repeat my OCLC search, and quickly find the authority I was looking for:

    110 2_ ǂa Han'guk Kukche Kyoryu Chaedan
    410 2_ ǂa Korea Foundation

for inclusion in my bib record:

710 2_ ǂa Han'guk Kukche Kyoryu Chaedan, ǂe sponsoring body.

I realized then that I could have also done the search on the web site, whose search results do actually include the text of the 410 with a References link to get you to the authorized form:

I will try to remember that for future similar searches!


Lincoln on Lincoln / selected and edited by Paul M. Zall. (OCLC #606468200)

A title search in OCLC for the quoted phrase “lincoln on lincoln” retrieves not only the book with that title, but also a book called Lincoln before Lincoln.

Since “on” is a stop word, the search done is:

    Lincoln w1 Lincoln

That is, two copies of the word “Lincoln” with at most one other word (any word) between them.


On-site staff evaluation of U.S. counter-narcotics activities in Panama, Peru, Brazil, and Bolivia : a staff report / prepared for the use of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control. (OCLC #36934249)

When searching for hyphenated words in word indexes (such as the title index ti:) in Connexion, substitute a space for the hyphen or the search may not retrieve the records you’re looking for, even if your search is surrounded by quotes.

For example, this title (ti:) search does not retrieve any records:

"On-site staff evaluation of U.S. counter-narcotics
    activities in Panama, Peru, Brazil, and Bolivia"

but this one does:

"On site staff evaluation of U.S. counter narcotics
    activities in Panama, Peru, Brazil, and Bolivia"

Oddly enough, these title searches retrieve the record just fine:

"On-site staff evaluation"
"u.s. counter-narcotics"

but this one does not:

"u.s. counter-narcotics activities"

so the actual indexing may be more subtle.


La Grande Guerre expliquée en images / Antoine Prost. (OCLC #868020225)

When you specify the number of non-filing characters for a title, you are not just saying how a title should be sorted, but also how it should be indexed. Specifically, any characters you skip will not be considered part of the title, or even the record.

For example, if you do a title search in OCLC for:

la grande guerre expliquee en images

it will return no results, because the title field’s second indicator says to skip the first three characters:

245 13 La Grande Guerre expliquée en images / ǂc Antoine Prost.

For more on what not to search for, check out my longer blog post.


Deutsche Rechtschreibung : aktuell / Karin A. Stock. (OCLC #879332132)

Be careful when searching for words hyphenated across line-breaks. A search for “Recht-Schreibung” may find only hyphenated (or otherwise split) versions of the phrase, and a search for “Rechtschreibung” may find only single-word versions.

In this case, a title search for “deutsche” and “aktuell” and the author’s name (and several similar searches) narrowed the search sufficiently to determine that I needed to create a new English-language record for this title. The single word “Rechtschreibung” is used in the text of the book, though I noticed many old records using “Recht-Schreibung”; I used the single word version in the main title but added the hyphenated version as a title access point in case anybody searches that way.

(I wonder if this book, which is about German spelling reform, addresses such hyphenation?)


Some churches / Tasha Cotter. (OCLC #868901194)

I anticipated getting to use a 3,2,2,1 or 4,4 search to narrow this one down, because of its short title made of common words, but the phrase “some churches” turned out to not be all that common in the title index (only about 100 records in OCLC, easily scrolled through).

I do expect that one day Tasha Cotter will have the O vs. 0 shelving problem though.