About the Scouting and Guiding Catalogue
The Guiding and Scouting Catalogue contains descriptions of over 700 books and journals published by Canadian and international Boy Scout and Girl Guide organizations and/or relating to the scouting and guiding movements and associated interests. Although most items in the Library collection have not been scanned, they may be accessed in various ways.
To do a wildcard search use "*" at the end of a string of letters. Example: "camp*" will find camp, camps, campers, camping, campcraft, campfire, etc.
To narrow a search (boolean "and") use "&" between the search terms. Example: "scouts & badges" will find records in which both words occur.
To broaden a search (boolean "or") use "/" between the search terms. Example: "games / crafts / activities" will find records in which one of these terms occurs.
To search for one term but not another use "!" between the search terms. Example: "guides ! brownies" will find records related to Girl Guides but not Brownies.
To search by author or title: remember that computers are absolutely literal! For more successful searching, simplify. Even if you know an author's complete name or the title of a book, if it was entered differently in the database, the computer will not be able to make a match. Try just entering the author's last name or a unique word from the title. For more common names or titles, where there will be a lot of hits, use the ampersand "&" (and) to link a first and last name or two or more words from the title. To see if the library holds a particular journal, search the title in the Library Main Catalogue
To search by subject: if you are not finding records related to your topic, you may be using terms not entered into the computer. Try using different words to describe the topic, experimenting with broader or narrower terms until you get a hit. Then take a look at the resulting list, find an entry which appears to cover your topic, and click on it to reveal the subject headings used to describe it. Then try these headings in the subject query box to search for other books described similarly.