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Using Franklin Catalog

Title Browse

Title browse searches are left-anchored searches. Type the whole title or as much as is needed to distinguish it from other titles.  Always omit initial articles (A, An, The, Der, La, etc) in any language.

global change and arctic

new directions in educ

If your search is unsuccessful, try alternate forms of title words

labor or labour

healthcare or health care

If you do not recall the exact title of a work, try a Title Keyword search.

Author Browse

Author browse searches are left-anchored searches by author name. An "author" can be an individual, an editor, an association, a company, a conference, a performer, or a governmental agency. Most author searches are straightforward. Enter an individual's last name first, followed by the first name. A comma is not necessary:

munro, alice

You need not include the first name, but for common last names it is useful to include at least part of the first name.

patterson, j

If the spelling of the last name is uncertain, search only part of it.


Retain the hyphen in a hyphenated name.


For names with connectives, follow the conventions of the author's country or language.

gogh vincent van

sade marquis de

de sanctis francesco

Where there are variant forms of authors' names, note the Preferred: or Alternate options

For organizations, corporations or government agencies as authors, search enough of the name to distinguish it. Department may be abbreviated "dept" when searching for agencies of the United States government. Search hierarchical names in full descending order.

world health org

united states dept of state

university of pennsylvania school of medicine

United States. Congress. House. Committee of Revisal and Unfinished Business

Search both acronyms and full names to be thorough.


international business machines

Proceedings of conferences, symposia, meetings, etc., can be found by searching on the full name of the conference. If this does not work try a Keyword search that combines part of the name, location of the conference, and date.

Subject Heading Browse

A Subject Heading Browse search is a search of the string of characters found in the subject heading fields of the record. Both Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) and National Library of Medicine's Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) are used in Franklin and this browse search merges both heading types in a single results list.

Examples of subject headings (entering double dashes, --, is optional)::

    hardy, thomas, 1840-1928--criticism and interpretation
    psychology, experimental

You may also use the results of any search to discover  subject headings.  Clicking on a subject term in a record will initiate a subject heading browse search and the term searched will appear in the You Searched for: box

Call Number Browse

Call number browse searches are left-anchored searches of call number strings.

Select Call number browse from the pull-down menu in the Basic Search.

(Since 1968 Penn has used the Library of Congress classification system; LC call numbers start with letter codes. Before 1968, Penn used the Dewey Decimal classification system. Since then, many Dewey works have been reclassified to LC, but other works remain with Dewey call numbers.)

The results of the call number browse search show the full call number and title information.

You can look for a specific book by entering the full call number.

PT8950.H3 V513

Call numbers may be abbreviated in a browse search.



A space in the first part of an LC call number is not necessary. These examples work.

RC 547.B44

RC547 .B44

In LC call numbers, a space and/or period must be used before the Cutter letter:

RC 547.B44
RC 547 B44
RC 547 .B44

In LC call numbers, include periods that appear in the class number


Include periods that appear in Dewey numbers

914.2 B794.2

Some rare & manuscript materials use unique call numbers.

ms. codex 111

Call numbers for sound recordings consist of the record label name or abbreviation and the LP or CD number. Spacing does not matter.

nimbus 5044 cd

nimbus5044 cd


For dissertations and theses, it is not necessary to have a period or space after "diss." These examples work.

Diss. POPM1968.1

To gather a search set by call number, use the Keyword Expert search and search by the call number field


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