Monday, June 15, 2015

The search word of choice

Do you have a favourite search word?

I'm sure most librarians do, a word that you always use to test a catalogue or database. Something that is easy to type, has predictable results and probably dominates the search log, if anyone was looking.

For a few years now my chosen word has been xml. This is easy to type, only 3 letters, and in most contexts returns substantial hits. If I need another choice then management is the word. There must be more books and articles containing managment than any other word in the English language. But it is a bit long for regular use.

My colleagues have their favourite words, amongst which are cats and dog. Truely.

Do you have one?




  1. Boringly, 'test' :) Sometimes 'health' for better results. Or 'purple' for books.

    I have colleagues who variously use 'cow', 'cats', 'fish', 'onions' and 'melioidosis'. As you do.

    1. I like purple. Must give that a go.

  2. I use fish, but I don't know why.

  3. 'Management'.

    I can hear you groan...