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Find the fields, subfields, notes, and product availability for the Access Method word (am:) and phrase (am=) indexes.

This index search is used for searching internet resources, which searches the URLs found in some WorldCat records. The characters between the punctuation in the URL are the "words" that are searched for. For example, http://www.oclc.org is searched by the "words" www, oclc, and org. The most distinct term in the string is the most useful on which to search.

This index can be used to pull up sets of internet resources that share a common URL. For example, if you add the access method word hathitrust to a search, you will retrieve records that include a URL to the Hathi Trust Digital library. If you include the proximity search of books google,  your results will be limited to records that have a link to Google books.

Word (am:)
  Connexion FirstSearch WorldShare and WorldCat Discovery
Label am:
Search? Yes Yes Yes
Browse? Yes Yes ---
Examples
  • www oclc org (or) oclc
  • am:human and yr:1999
  • www oclc org (or) oclc
  • am:human and yr:1999
  • www oclc org (OR) oclc
  • am:human AND yr:1999
Fields/Subfields 856 u
Qualifier index? No
Notes
  • Omit http and https; they are the only stopwords.
  • Use spaces instead of any punctuation or special characters.
  • Enclose your search words in quotation marks to search for them in a specific order (e.g., am:"portal issn org" returns all records with URLs to the ISSN website).
  • In Connexion, scan an index from the Command Line Search by entering the Scan command (sca), the index label with appropriate punctuation, and the term, and then clicking Search (example: sca am:human). For more information, see Browse (scan an index).
Phrase (am=)
  Connexion FirstSearch WorldShare and WorldCat Discovery
Label am=
Search? Yes Yes Yes
Browse? Yes Yes ---
Examples
  • am=www.time.com/time/magazine
  • am=ftp://pptfpuser:welcome@ftp01.penguingroup.com/Booksellers and Media/Covers/2008_2009_New_Covers/9780525952633.jpg
  • am=ftp://ppftpuser:welcome@ftp01.penguingroup.com/Booksellers and Media/*
  • am=www.time.com/time/magazine
  • am=ftp://pptfpuser:welcome@ftp01.penguingroup.com/Booksellers and Media/Covers/2008_2009_New_Covers/9780525952633.jpg
  • am=www.time.com/time/magazine
  • am=ftp://pptfpuser:welcome@ftp01.penguingroup.com/Booksellers and Media/Covers/2008_2009_New_Covers/9780525952633.jpg
Fields/Subfields 856 u
Qualifier index? No
Notes
  • Include these characters: . @ ? % = _ , \ ' ~ ^ |
  • Include spacing characters: ~ ^ _
  • Omit http and https; they are the only stop words.
  • Keep other leading text (e.g., ftp// or gopher//). Omit the colon. Enter with the slashes or substitute a space.
  • Since any variation will not match, searching the start of the URL may be all that is needed to pull like items together. Follow the start of the URL with an asterisk (*) (e.g., am=www.gutenberg.org*).
  • In Connexion, scan an index from Command Line Search by entering the Scan command (sca), the index label with appropriate punctuation, and the term, and then clicking Search (example: sca am=www.time.com/time/magazine). For more information, see Browse (scan an index).
  • Include these characters: . @ ? % = _ , \ ' ~ ^ |
  • Include spacing characters: ~ ^ _
  • Do not include http:// and https://.
  • Since any variation will not match, searching the start of the URL may be all that is needed to pull like items together. Follow the start of the URL with an asterisk (*) (e.g., am=www.gutenberg.org*).

 

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