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Values for the topic component

Find OCLC-supplied and custom topic component values used in FirstSearch.

This document contains the values for the topic component used in accessing FirstSearch with IP address recognition.

More information about IP address recognition access is available at IP address recognition.

OCLC-supplied topic areas

The following table contains the values for the topic component for the OCLC-supplied topic areas.

OCLC-supplied topic area Component value in FirstSearch   Alternative component value in FirstSearch  
Arts & Humanities   artshumanities   1  
Business & Economics   businesseconomics   2  
Conferences & Proceedings   conferencesproceedings   3  
Consumer Affairs & People   consumeraffairspeople   4  
Education   education   5  
Engineering & Technology   engineeringtechnology   6  
General   general   7  
General Science   generalscience   8  
Life Sciences   lifesciences   9  
Medicine/Health, Consumer   medicinehealthconsumer   10  
Medicine/Health, Professional   medicinehealthprofessional   n/a  
News & Current Events   newscurrentevents   11  
Public Affairs & Law   publicaffairslaw   12  
Quick Reference   quickreference   n/a  
Social Sciences   socialsciences   13  
List All Databases   all   14  


Custom topic areas

For FirstSearch, you can create your own database topic areas using the administrative module. You can use the topic component to specify your custom topic areas.

For information about defining custom topic areas in the administrative module, see Customize databases and full text.
The administrative module is available at To log on, use your FirstSearch authorization number and administrative password.

To find the topic component values to use for custom topic areas:

  1. In the administrative module, create custom topic areas and specify that they be displayed when databases are listed by topic in FirstSearch.
  2. In FirstSearch, go to the feature for listing databases by topic and view the source for the feature's page.
  3. Locate the list of topic areas in the source. Use the option value for the custom topic area as the value for the topic component. For example, in the source list of topic areas below, 104 is the topic component value for the Language topic area.
    <!-- Dynamically Generated by fstopicselect -->
    <SELECT ID="topics" NAME="topics" SIZE="1">
    <OPTION SELECTED VALUE="100">Generalities</OPTION>
    <OPTION VALUE="100">Generalities (5)</OPTION>
    <OPTION VALUE="101">Philosophy & psychology (4)</OPTION>
    <OPTION VALUE="102">Religion (2)</OPTION>
    <OPTION VALUE="103">Social sciences (6)</OPTION>
    <OPTION VALUE=" 104 "> Language (3)</OPTION>
    <OPTION VALUE="105">Natural sciences & mathematics (5)</OPTION>
    <OPTION VALUE="106">Technology (applied sciences) (8)</OPTION>
    <OPTION VALUE="107">The arts (fine and decorative) (4)</OPTION>
    <OPTION VALUE="108">Literature & rhetoric (2)</OPTION>
    <OPTION VALUE="109">Geography & history (5)</OPTION>
    <!-- Dynamically Generated by fstopicselect -->