NACO Series: Searching
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Searching

Searching is the most important step in establishing series. You must search to see if the series is already established, as well as searching for conflicts with other series/serial/corporate name headings in the NAF and in the bib files.

Searching strategy:

  • For series first issued after 1980:
    • Search AACR2 forms in the authority file under title, personal name and corporate name
    • If not established, search the books and serials files for series and/or collected set records (bookset or serial). Remember you're looking for conflicts as well as for the series itself.
    • Establish the series

  • For series first issued before 1981:
    • Search AACR2 forms in the authority file under title, personal name, and corporate name
    • If not established, search the books and serials files for series and/or collected set records. Search also under pre-AACR2 possibilities for choice of entry. (Consult Authorities Coordinator for assistance.)
    • Establish the series