Chapter 3: Search techniques
Once you’ve done a search, the finding tool will generate a list of brief item records. Item records are descriptions of individual books, journal articles, and other materials. Important parts of an item record include things like article title, author, and the source name (e.g. journal title). Each of these parts is a field. Some article indexes label each field; others don’t, assuming that you can infer what each part represents.
Typically, subject focused indexes display short versions of item records in search results lists, as in the example below. Important parts of the item description are included, but most fields are not labeled in this short version.
Clicking on the title generally brings up a detailed version of the record with a lot more information, including additional fields, labels for most of the fields, and often an abstract or link to the full text.