Preorder Searching Procedure
(Including Book-in-hand searching)
4. Search OCLC only for those items that require bibliographic verification.
- It may be necessary to search OCLC by indexes other than personal
name or title phrase or title word, such as ISBN/ISSN or LCCN, or to
- If you find a matching OCLC record with more or different information
than that on your search request, make a printout of the OCLC record
for the full search procedure. Note the results of your search (See
Notations on Order Recommendations)
- The results of the OCLC search may dictate researching Voyager Cataloging
or Acquisitions (steps 2 and 3) if additional information is found.
Be particularly careful about checking for series information which
may not have been on the original request.
5. Use Google or a similar internet search engine to verify information or gather
more information on material that is not in OCLC.
6. Requests for material published more than 5 years ago should be checked
in the appropriate in-print source to confirm availability. Books-in-Print
,VLB (German books in print), and a number of other directories are available
online; foreign language equivalents are available in the Reference Collection
7. Preorder searching of serials may require checking the Decision File
as well as checking online or printed serial sources for verification.
Monographic series titles must also be searched under individual volume
titles to determine holdings.
8. After completing the searching, assemble the paperwork, be sure each
heading searched is marked with a small 0 to indicated searched but not
found. Initial and date the source material. If searching a catalog, make
a list of items to be ordered or which need action (claims, added copy
[Preorder Searching] [OCLC verification]