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    Headings Keyword (KWIH) search does not accept search string that contains an ampersand

    • Product: Voyager
    • Product Version: 5 and later
    • Relevant for Installation Type: Multi-Tenant Direct, Dedicated-Direct, Local, TotalCare



    Headings Keyword (KWIH) Search (e.g., "SUBJ@") fails when the search string contains an ampersand.

    Defect Status

    VYG-7819 is currently in Development.

    Replication Steps

    To conduct a search of terms from controlled subject lists such as Library of Congress Subject Headings or Medical Subject Headings, the operator must enter the subject or topic, omitting all punctuation.  The operator must also avoid using reserved words1.

    Perform a search in WebVoyage on the Subject Heading Keyword (KWIH) index that includes a reserved word or character.  For example:

    girls & women

    Receive error that says "Could not retrieve search results."


    A wildcard can be used. For example:

    copy? history?
    afghan? wom?

    Quotation marks can also be used to search for an exact string of words:

    "national association for girls & women in sport"

    Additional Information

    The ampersand is a reserved character in Oracle Text Queries (Headings Keyword searches).  There are other reserved characters, and also 1reserved words (e.g., "FUZZY", "WITHIN", and etc.).

    See also: Headings Keyword (KWIH) search does not retrieve new headings immediately

    • Article last edited: 04-Feb-2021