Dragon, Patricia M wrote:
> This discussion of browse vs. keyword has been valuable to me in thinking of
> a response to a question I received a while ago from a faculty member. He
> wanted to use the online catalog to find books by Petrarch, so he did an
> author keyword search for "Petrarch". Seems like a reasonable approach.
> But he didn't know that the authorized form of Petrarch's name is Francesco
> Petrarca (why would he?). So in his author keyword search he only got a
> couple of items by the Petrarch Society, etc., with no indication of what he
> did wrong.
> Has anyone come up with a way for cross-references on authority records to
> be useful in a keyword search? What would be really, useful, I suppose, is
> for the system to recognize that Petrarch was a 400 on the authority record
> for Petrarca, and say on the results screen "Did you mean Petrarca,
> Francesco, 1304-1374?" But is that still a pipe dream for now? Is user
> education the only answer here?
The only technique I've seen entails copying references into 9XX tags of
the bib record -- yes, *every* bib record that carries the heading gets
the references ---- and mapping those tags for author keyword.
Of course, the system has to support maintaining those tags every time
the authority is changed.
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