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Keyword searching

In addition to standard fields for parts of a story (headline, lead, section, byline, etc) there are also several library-specific keyword fields. These fields are used by the library staff to add additional words or phrases to a story to enhance retrieval.

The keyword fields include:

NA -- the Names field, for proper names of people, organizations, companies, etc.

SUBJ -- the Subject field, for a controlled list of conceptual terms such as "international commerce," "college basketball," "domestic violence," etc.

GEOG -- for Geographicreferences, denoting that the events of the story took place or refer to a particular geographic area.

Type -- for the Type of story it is. Story types include: Centerpiece, profile, sidebar, major, obituary, chronology, list, etc.

AT -- for Added terms which can be added at the librarians' discretion. These are often jargon phrases such as "defensible space" or "Generation X,:"

These fields can be searched in the same way as other fields, but they can also be searched collectively as a group under the umbrella field name, "keywords." This is a technique unique to DNI Library and not a standard feature in Vutext library systems.

The DNI keyword system allows you to perform the following search:

keywords(Michael Jordan and profile)

This command looks for the character strings "Michael Jordan" and "profile" in any of the five keyword fields. It will locate "Michael Jordan" in the NA field and "profile" in the type field.

Or you might use this search --

keywords(dayton and homicide)

which would locate all stories with "homicide" in the SUBJ field and "dayton" in the GEOG field.

The TYPE and SUBJ fields:

Although the NA (name) and GEOG (geographic) fields don't require much explanation, it will be useful for you to know what words or phrases are used in these fields.

The TYPE field might be blank, or it might contain one of the following terms:


While the TYPE field has a very short list of possible terms, the SUBJ field has several hundred possibilities. These are divided into categories. See our list of keyword categories.