Alphabetical search


Alphabetical search, subject, birds in art, results.

In this example, you can view the results of an alphabetical search for the Subject term Birds in art. In the posting of results, a listing appears that displays a segment of the alphabetical index of subjects in the Iris catalogue that are closest to the term Birds in art, as well as a reference to the French term (See Oiseaux dans l’art). If you click on an underlined term, you will obtain a list of items or, as in the example, other French terms related to the subject (See also Animaux dans l’art).

Using the alphabetical search, you can access one of the following lists, or indexes. The system will go to the location that is closest to your search term within the selected index:

  • alphabetical list of all titles;
  • alphabetical list of all authors;
  • alphabetical list of all subjects, and so on.

If your search term is in the selected index, the system will go to it, as in the example: Subject Birds in art. If the term is not in the selected index, the system will highlight the term that is closest to it in the alphabetical sequence.

In the alphabetical search, you must enter the words in the proper order (unlike quick search or advanced search, where word order doesn’t matter). Thus, for an alphabetical sorting by author, enter the family name first (for example, Martel Yann).

Subjects in the Iris catalogue

The terms found in the Subject index are taken from a controlled list of vocabulary called Répertoire des vedettes-matière de l’Université Laval. They describe the main contents of items (ideas, themes, etc.). When you do an alphabetical search by subject you will view the entire list of subjects in the Iris catalogue. The subjects given to a specific item, on the other hand, are shown in the bibliographic entry of the item.

The alphabetical lists for Subject and Author include “See” and “See also” references to the equivalent French terms. The terms suggested in this way will be useful to change, narrow or widen your search strategy, especially when you are doing an advanced search in the Subject index.

You can also access the alphabetical lists of the various indexes by clicking on the small icons Alphabetical list.  called “Alphabetical list” shown in the bibliographic entry for each item (however, these lists are displayed without the “See” and “See also” references).

Idée.How to best use the alphabetical list by Subject

In the Subject listing, click on the underlined term of your choice to find a list of items on the subject.

You can also use the Subject alphabetical listing as a tool for choosing your search vocabulary.

1. Choose new terms (in whole or in part) and write them down.
2. In advanced search, go to the Subject index and rephrase your search using these new terms.

For more information about the advanced search by Subject.



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