Direct Linking to Subject Searches in Virtua

I got a question from a colleague New York City about creating links to subject searches in VTLS. In other conversations with other VTLS users I’ve realized that this may or may not work depending on which version of Virtua you are running.

The principles behind it are common across VTLS systems, so you may need to experiment until you find a solution. I figured this out by looking at the default searches in the iPortal, combined with some work searching the Virtua documentation.

To do a subject search, here’s the URL pattern

http://classiccatalog.cna-qatar.edu.qa/cgi-bin/gw/chameleon/?elementcount=3&search=KEYWORD&function=INITREQ&u1=21&t1=substance%20abuse%20treatment

u1=21 means Subject Search. This will search your LC subject headings

t1=substance%20abuse%20treatment is your search.

When you have spaces between works you need to use URL Encoding to pass on exactly what you mean to Virtua for your search.

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