Magic Search: Getting the Best Results from Your Catalog and Beyond

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Subdivide and conquer! "Magic Search: Getting the Best Results from Your Catalog and Beyond" showcases how to increase the power of Library of Congress Subject Heading (LCSH) subdivisions to produce astonishing results from your searches. Rebecca S. Kornegay and Heidi E. Buchanan, experienced reference librarians, and Hildegard B. Morgan, an expert cataloger, explain how, when used wisely, LCSH subdivisions can save time and provide a new level of precision in information retrieval for patrons of the library. "Magic Search" presents the 467 best-performing LCSH subdivisions that speak to the kinds of research questions librarians handle every day. This quick reference format, along with a handy index, offers a useful tool to keep for quick reference rather than a cumbersome tome to be read from cover to cover. In addition, this book provides: a thematic arrangement of LC subdivisions that yield the most successful search; chapters on discipline-specific subdivisions to hone effective search terms; and, precise, professional vocabulary useful in searches and explained in easy-to-understand language. Grasping the importance and having command of LC subdivisions, now appearing in unexpected places beyond the library catalog, is key in this rapidly evolving, 21st-century information environment. No other work explores the LCSH subdivisions is such detail or with such commitment, making this book vital to every Reference Desk.

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Rebecca Kornegay is head of reference at Western Carolina University s Hunter Library, in Cullowhee, North Carolina. She received her MSLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1977.

Heidi Buchanan is a reference librarian at Hunter Library. Her MSLS is from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2000).

Hildegard Morgan is assistant head of cataloging at Hunter Library. Morgan has thirty years of cataloging experience and also serves at Hunter s reference desk. Kornegay, Buchanan, and Morgan are the coauthors of Amazing magic searches! Subdivisions combine the precision of the cataloger with the freewheeling style of a Googler, published in Library Journal, November 2005.

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In this short and illuminating reference book, the authors a veteran reference librarian, a newer reference librarian, and an experienced cataloger present an approach to subject searching that combines the power of LCSH s controlled vocabulary with the flexible keyword searching style we ve become accustomed to ... Highly recommended for all reference librarians. --The Idaho Librarian

This is a valuable book for anyone working a reference desk dealing with a wide range of questions that require specialized knowledge. This could also be an interesting additional reading for a cataloging, classification, or taxonomy course in which the usage of words might be of interest. --Public Services Quarterly

This little gem of a book packs a heap of practical advice into its 160 pages â ¦ a valuable tool for anyone who spends time at a reference desk (physical or virtual). Not only will it help you mine your catalog more efficiently and effectively, it will also give you a renewed respect for the value of professional cataloging. --The Journal of Academic Librarianship

This is a valuable book for anyone working a reference desk dealing with a wide range of questions that require specialized knowledge. This could also be an interesting additional reading for a cataloging, classification, or taxonomy course in which the usage of words might be of interest. --Public Services Quarterly

This little gem of a book packs a heap of practical advice into its 160 pages ... a valuable tool for anyone who spends time at a reference desk (physical or virtual). Not only will it help you mine your catalog more efficiently and effectively, it will also give you a renewed respect for the value of professional cataloging. --The Journal of Academic Librarianship

This is a valuable book for anyone working a reference desk dealing with a wide range of questions that require specialized knowledge. This could also be an interesting additional reading for a cataloging, classification, or taxonomy course in which the usage of words might be of interest. --Public Services Quarterly

This little gem of a book packs a heap of practical advice into its 160 pages ... a valuable tool for anyone who spends time at a reference desk (physical or virtual). Not only will it help you mine your catalog more efficiently and effectively, it will also give you a renewed respect for the value of professional cataloging. --The Journal of Academic Librarianship

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