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Web address: collectionscanada.ca/amicus
Browser: Netscape 4.7 or above; Internet Explorer 5 or above
Operating system: 32 bit
Screen resolution: 600 x 800
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Javascript: "enabled"; for full use of Options use Javascript 1.2
Font: Use document specified fonts; default font is Courrier New, size 10; records are in Lucida Console

For character-based browsers, like LYNX, assume character set ISO-8859-1 (ISO Latin 1) and display character set Western cp850 version 2.3 and above.

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Punctuation & Abbreviations

Punctuation Used in Searching

You can ignore punctuation except when searching subjects and class numbers.

. Use the period in Dewey, LC and UDS class numbers. Example: 810.3
-- Use two hyphens before a subject subdivision. Example: jazz--canada

The punctuation below can be useful to narrow or broaden a search.

! Use the exclamation point to narrow a search to a precise term. Example: peters a! finds works by A. Peters but excludes A.G. Peters, A.H.M. Peters, etc.
" " Use quotes to search by a phrase. Example: "acid rain" searches for the words together rather than as acid and rain
? Use the question mark to replace one or more characters. Example: neighb?rhood finds both neighbourhood and neighborhood
# Use the number sign to replace a single character. Example: ethiopi#n finds both Ethiopian and Ethiopien (French form)

Abbreviations & Punctuation Used in Library Holdings

ci Only the current issue of the item is in this library
cm Only the current month of the item is in this library
cw Only the current week of the item is in this library
cy Only the current year of the item is in this library
- There is an unbroken range of holdings for the item. Example: v.1-30 means the library has everything from the start of volume 1 to the end of 30
[ ] The holdings for the item are incomplete. Example: [1950] includes some parts of 1950
? The holdings information is uncertain. Example: v. 18-42? may include volumes 18 to 42
/ A single physical item with two connected volumes. Example: v. 12/13 indicates that volumes 12 and 13 are contained in a single physical item.
, There is a gap in the holdings for the item. Example: v. 1-3, 5 means the library has volumes 1 to 3 and 5 but not volume 4
; There is a publication break (not a gap) in the holdings. Example: v. 1-3; 5- indicates that after volume 3 the publisher jumped to 5 without publishing volume 4

Buttons & Commands

Buttons are specific to each screen. To use a button click it once.

Screen shot of Submit button

Add Adds your preferred indexes and limiters to the Search screen
AND Combines terms in an advanced search to narrow your search
Authority Shows details about a heading in the name, title or subject index
Biblio. records Shows the bibliographic records for the authority
Brief Shows a brief record for the item
Browse Browses for the term in the index
Clear Clears the entry box on the Search screen
Clear List Clears the View List screen; see the View List command
Clear selections Clears the selection boxes on the Browse or Results screen
Display selections Displays the items selected on the Results or Browse screens
Download Converts records to MARC 21 and moves them to a local file
E-mail to Sends the saved results to an e-mail address
Full Shows a complete record for the item
ILL request to LAC Asks the National Library to search other sources for the item
Locations Displays the libraries which have the item
MARC Shows the record with Machine Readable Cataloguing codes
Next Shows the next record or the next page of the index or results
NOT Combines terms in an advanced search to narrow your search
OR Combines terms in an advanced search to broaden your search
Previous Shows the prior record or the prior page of the index or results
Record Returns to the record from the Locations screen
References Shows related entries while browsing the name, title or subject indexes
Remove Removes unwanted indexes or limiters from the Search screen
Reset Returns to the previously saved options
Results Returns to the search results from the Record screen
Save Saves the selected results to a list; see the View List command
Save permanently Saves the options permanently as your new choices; see Save next
Save temporarily Saves the options for this session only; see previous
Send Sends the interlibrary loan request
Show request Shows the interlibrary loan request that is to be sent
Sort Sorts the search results by name, title or date
Submit Starts the search or browse

Commands display underlined below the screen title. To use a command click it once.

Screen shot of Commands

Account Shows details about your account such as your usage to date
Advanced search Enables you to search multiple indexes
Basic search Enables you search a single index
Command search Enables you to search with commands instead of menus
Comments Enables you to e-mail comments to the National Library
Exit Logs you off Access AMICUS on the Web
Francais Switches to the French search screen
Help Displays the help file
List Indexes Displays information for command searching
New search Enables you to start a new search
News Displays news about AMICUS
Options Customizes AMICUS to your needs
R Enables you to request an item from another library
View list Displays what you saved on the Results and Record screens

Indexes & Limiters

You can search the indexes below. Those in italics can be browsed as well as searched.n Registered users can add or remove an index from the Search screen by using the Options command. Shelf list indexes available only to the National Library are not shown below.

AMICUS no. Enter as found. An AMICUS number search bypasses the Results screen to go directly to the record. Example: 2345678
Any keyword Enter any significant word in a name, title, subject, note or publisher name. Use with caution. Example: lunar eclipses
Canadiana no. Enter 2 digits (year), 6 digits (right-justified), check digit, language (e or f) as applicable. Example: 940012359
Class-other Enter as found. Example: 30720971533
CODEN Enter as found. Example: ababac
CONSER no. Enter either ocl or ocm with 8 digits. Example: ocl79876569
CRMM no. Enter the Canadian Registry of Microform Masters number as found. Example: aeu 72025175
Dewey class Enter prefix (j, c, jc) if applicable, 3 digits (right-justified), period and remaining digits. Example: 810.3
Dynix no. Enter the Dynix number used within the Library and Archives Canada. Example: 12312142
ISBN Omit hyphens, price and qualifier (pbk) in the International Standard Book Number. Example: 0838423620
ISMN There are no examples at present for the International Standard Music Number
ISSN Omit hyphens and slashes in the International Standard Serial Number. Example: 03161196
LC control no. Omit hyphens and slashes in the LCCN. Also known as the Library of Congress Card Number. Example: 81126148
LC class Enter 1-3 letters, 1-4 digits, period, remainder of the LIbrary of Congress class number. Example: pn751
MARA control no. Enter the library symbol and control number. Example: oocc5498
Name exact Enter the beginning of the name of the author. Ignore initial articles, such as "The". See also name keyword. Examples: munro alice and conference board
Name keyword Enter any significant word in a name. Avoid common words ("canada"). Example: armenian
NAL subject category Enter 4 digits (right justified) for the National Agriculture Library subject category number. No example available
LAC authority no. Enter 4 digits, hyphen, one letter, hyphen, 4 digits, language if applicable. Examples: 0016-A-3367; 0000-e-0847e
Note keyword Enter one or more significant words in a note. Use with caution. Example: acid rain
Other class
Enter as found; example not available at present
Other control no. Enter as found. Example: ci96-69/1993E
Publisher keyword Enter any significant word in the publisher name. Examples: acadia house and porcupine
Publisher no. (music) Enter the number as found on the item. Example: 1000747
Report no. Enter the number as found on the item. Example: tisc 5
Subject exact Enter the beginning of the subject heading. Use two hyphens before subdivisions (e.g.--canada). Example: jazz--canada
Subject keyword Enter any significant word in a subject. Avoid common words ("canada"). Example: individualism
Title exact Enter the beginning of the title. Ignore initial articles, such as "The" or "An". See also title keyword. Example: feliciter
Title keyword Enter any significant word in a title. Avoid common words ("canada"). Example: illiteracy
UDC Enter the Universal Decimal Classification (UDC) number as found; do not begin with a period. Example: 614.253

You can narrow a search with the limiters below. You cannot: a) browse an index with limiters, and b) search by a limiter alone. The limiters displayed on the Advanced Search screen are based on your choices on the Options screen. For two or more values for the same limiter use the Command Search screen. Some limiters use the abbreviations DOB (meaning used in DOBIS records) or OBS (meaning used in older records and now obsolete).

  This limiter is useful for limiting your results to:
Bibliographic level Serials (such as journals) or monographs (books, etc.)
Conference Conferences or meetings
Date Items with a specific date (=) or items before (<) or after (>) a specific date
Form of item Braille, large print, microforms
Govt. publication Provincial, national, international or other government publication
Language Items published in a language other than English
Library symbol Locate an item in a specific library
Material type Cartographic items (maps), music, sound recordings
Music composition Blues, jazz, oratorios and other printed music
Music format Vocal and other printed musical scores
Nature of content Theses and other content
Place Province, state, country of publication
Serial type Newspapers, periodicals and monographic series
Target audience Children's and young adult books or music
Volume no. (series) Specific volume number of a book in a series

Record Contents

Brief Record (registration required)
The Brief record displays an abbreviated description of the item.

  • AMICUS number
  • Bibliographic level: such as Monograph or Serial
  • Names: Main author (with an asterisk) or uniform title heading
  • Titles: Main title and statement of responsibility
  • Edition: example, Revised ed.
  • Publisher: includes place and date of publication
  • Description: includes pagination and volumes published
  • E-Location: URL for the item
  • Series: traced series
  • Notes: includes serial information and selected relationships
  • Numbers: ISBN, ISSN
  • Subject headings

Full Record

The Full record displays a complete bibliographic description of the item. In addition to the information on the Brief record the following is provided.

  • Names: additional names, such as joint authors
  • Titles: additional titles, such as, cover titles, parallel titles
  • Series: both traced and untraced series statements
  • Notes: complete notes including all relationships
  • Numbers: Canadiana, CONSER, report and other numbers
  • Classification: Dewey and LC class numbers

MARC Record (registration required)

The MARC record displays the entire bibliographic description with Machine Readable Cataloguing (MARC) codes. The Library of Congress website (http://www.loc.gov/marc/) provides detailed information about MARC.

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