At MPOW I search a lot of library catalogs (and usually I am indeed interested in the searching, not the finding per se). But what do you search for in a “foreign” library catalog?
In the postscript to this post, Jonathan Rochkind reveals that his “brainless test search” is typically “frogs”. Mine is “Amish”, which I picked up from one of my bosses years ago. It’s short, found in the catalogs of most English-language libraries (and in a surprising number of non-English catalogs), and doesn’t return thousands of hits. And apparently, every public library in the U.S. is required by law to hold a copy of Amish society by John Hostetler.
What’s your typical search when you want to test a library catalog?