Hi folks: Ever ponder the ambiguity of searching the name authority files by heading (or reference heading) when an unambiguous heading is being sought? Perhaps you may have noticed the usefulness of complex key word and phrase combinations to recover precise data from the Internet? "Authority work" would be greatly enhanced if "authority records" could be recovered in the same way. Might we ever see key word and phrase searches of authority recordS by data in all fields? One could then search for the "john smith" who is a biologist (etc.) or lives in Arizona (Ariz.) or is on a faculty at Queensland Univ. Of course, a slight change in paradigm would be necessary, perhaps, to develop "biographical" records supplying useful data. Still, I did recently hear one prominent scholar describe authority work as being more generally important than work on bibliographical records, so perhaps the extra efforts would be justifiable (except for interference from the "bottom line"?). Cheers! John G. Marr Cataloger CDS, UL Univ. of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM 87131 [log in to unmask] [log in to unmask] **"I really like to know the reasons for what I do!"** Martha Watson Opinions belong exclusively to the individuals expressing them, but sharing is permitted.