Voyager Searching: Keyword
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"Keyword" = Any sequence of non-punctuation characters, set off by spaces and/or punctuation, in the content of a bibliographic record. All fields are included, from 010 through 999. There are NO STOP WORDS.

Example: In the following field, everything is indexed. Using the General Keyword (GKEY) index, the record can be retrieved by searching 1, or digital, or 3/4.

300 |a 1 sound disc (58 min.) : |b digital ; |c 4 3/4 in.

Keyword indexes access information in bibliographic records only. There is no keyword searching of authority records in Voyager.

Use of keyword searching

In the main, staff will find non-keyword searches more efficient than keyword searches. Keyword can be useful in cases where source data are unclear (as with much pre-order searching) or where desired fields are not included in left-anchored searches (as with 490 fields). Command keyword searching, described in the Boolean section, may also prove handy on occasion. Limits can apply to keyword searches. For more information see the topic Limiting Searches in Voyager's help system.

Keyword search types

The first items you notice in the Keyword tab are two radio buttons:

  • Boolean (not using relevance)
  • Free text (using relevance)

You must select which type of search you want to do. This is determined by whether you want to use Boolean operators and/or index codes in the search or not. Likewise, your choice determines which type of response the search will provide, alphabetically arranged (Boolean) or "relevance ranked" (Free text). Free text searches often retrieve large and unpredictable results, including "near-matches." Consider other means of searching.

Keyword searches

Search code is used in command Boolean searching. Search names appear in Builder.

To search for …

Search code

Search name

Title keyword



Author keyword


Author name

Subject keyword



Keyword (General)


Keyword anywhere

Keyword in specified field

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