UCLA Library
CURRENT CONTENTS® on the MELVYL® System

Current Contents (cc) lists article citations from 6,500 journals in most disciplines. Current Contents Tables of Contents (cct) contains the tables of contents of the same 6,500 journals. Coverage is from mid-1989 to the present. There are seven subject-oriented subfiles in Current Contents:

agriagriculture, biology, & environmental sciences
artsarts & humanities
clinclinical medicine
engiengineering, technology, & applied sciences
lifelife sciences
physphysical, chemical, & earth sciences
socssocial & behavioral sciences

To Begin
    Type start cc for Current Contents
    Type start cct for Table of Contents
To Obtain Online Help
    Type help at any arrow prompt ->
To Get an Explanation of System Features
    Type explain glossary
    Type help at any point
To Correct Errors
    Use BACKSPACE or ARROW key
To Truncate Word Roots (increases retrieval)
    f tw politic#
To Display Library Location and Call Number
    d loc ucla
To Change Databases Without Losing Previous Work
    Type set db cct or mags or cat

Electronic Mailing of Search Results
    Type explain mail for more information
To End Session
    Type end or logoff
How to Search Current Contents (cc)
    Author (au) (last name first initial)
      f au jaye m
    Title Word (tw)
      f tw health policy
    Subject
      The CC and CCT databases have no subject headings. Journals, not individual articles, are classified into the seven subfiles (sf) listed above and over 90 subject categories (sc) which may be searched directly or used to limit results. Type show sc to see the subject categories under each subfile.
      sho sc arts
    Journal Title (jo) or Exact Journal Title (xj)
      f jo economic theory
      f xj journal of economic history
Boolean Operators (and, or, and not)
    f au sellars and tw culture
    f tw apartheid or mandela
    f tw mexico and not new
    MELVYL automatically inserts "and" between two or more words entered together except in "exact" searches.

Limiting Searches
    Publication Type (pt)
      The following publication types can only be used to Limit a search: arti (article), book (book review), lett (letter), and edit (editorial). To see a complete list of Publication Types, type exp pt.
      f tw china and pt book
      (this will retrieve book reviews)
    Date (date)
      f tw and date 1992
    Subfile (sf)
      f au thomas and sf arts
    Subject Category (sc)
      f tw chiapas and sc poli
Display Options
    display ................ displays au, ti, jo
    d rev .................. displays ti, jo
    d list ................. displays saved list
    d long ................. displays all fields
    d hol .. displays library locations and call number
    d cont slo .. displays continuously for printing or downloading
    d 2 5 7 ............. displays citations 2, 5, and 7
    d 36- .................. displays citations from item 36 on
Saving Search Results
Individual citations may be selected and saved in a list for printing or e-mailing. Before using printers in the library, read the posted instructions.
    sav
    sav 1,3,6-13
Displaying a Saved List
    d list ................. starts with citation 1
    d list loc ucla ........ displays list with UCLA library location and call numbers

Set Searching
    save set ............... Saves results of find command
    show sets .............. Displays sets and set numbers
    recall set ............. Replaces current search results with recalled set
    del set # .............. Deletes a specific set
    clear sets ............. Deletes all sets
    find set # ............. Used to combine search statements:
      find set 1 and set 2 f set 6 or set 10
How to Search Current Contents Tables of Contents (cct)
    Journal Title
      f jo economic history (Retrieves all issues of journals with these words in the title)
      f xjo american economic review (Retrieves all issues of this particular journal)
    Subject Category (sc)
      Type show sc to see the subject categories under each subfile.
      sho sc arts
      f sc sals (Retrieves journals in the subject category "Sociology/ Anthropology/Linguistics")
Display Options
    d rev .................. summary list of journal titles
    d short ................ tables of contents
    d long ................. complete records
Update Use the UPDATE (UPD) command to have new search results mailed to you as a database is updated. This service is sometimes called "current awareness" or "selective dissemination of information."

Be sure you are in the database you want to search, then enter update. You will be prompted for your electronic mail address, and your database password if necessary. Then enter a search. Type explain update for more information.


MELVYL® Request Use the REQUEST command to initiate a request for a document to be delivered to you through ORION EXPRESS. Type explain request for more information.