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  • 1. MODULE 3
  • 2.
    • use the Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) of the Campus Libraries in order to find information resources for research
    • create effective search statements in order to find relevant information on their topic
    • refine search statements using Boolean logic to find relevant information sources
  • 3.
    • The OPAC is the key to the Libraries’ collections.
    • The Catalogue is a full description of most items in the Libraries and these descriptions are called records.
    • It does NOT provide a list of websites, journal articles or search engines
  • 4.
    • The OPAC is a database of the holdings of the five St. Augustine Campus Libraries including:
    • The Main Library
    • The Medical Sciences Library
    • School of Education Library
    • Republic Bank Library at the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business
      • The Library at the Institute of International Relations Library
  • 5.
    • Navigating the OPAC
    • How to Login
    • Collections
    • Searching
        • Types
        • Options
    • Search Results
  • 6.
      • You can navigate the OPAC from anywhere within the Campus Libraries or off-Campus by:
        • • Using the menu bar
        • • Clicking on the links
  • 7. You will be required to do this if you need to view your library account or save your results
  • 8. This allows you to search one or multiple collections at the same time.
  • 9.
    • You can search the OPAC by:
      • Author - e.g. Best, Lloyd
      • Title - e.g. Cricketers from the West Indies
      • Words from Title - e.g. Caribbean culture
      • Keywords - e.g. biodiversity conservation
      • Subject - e.g. biological diversity conservation
  • 10.
    • There are four ways to search the catalogue –
      • Basic search
      • Combination search
      • Collection search
      • Course Reserves
  • 11. The Basic Search allows you to search by author, title, words from the title, keywords and subject.
  • 12.
    • If you don’t know the author or title of a book you can search by either subject or keyword. Remember that the term you might want to use may not be a subject term in the catalogue.
    Keyword Search (Popular term) Subject Search (Prescribed Subject) E-commerce Biodiversity Alternate energy sources Electronic Commerce Biological Diversity Renewable energy sources
  • 13.
    • Boolean searching allows keywords to be connected by using AND, OR, NOT
    • Universities AND Colleges AND Caribbean region– the results of your search will include all terms.
    • Universities OR Colleges AND Caribbean region – the results of your search will include the term Caribbean Region and either University or College
    • Universities NOT Colleges AND Caribbean region – the results of your search will exclude term Colleges
  • 14. Combination Search lets you search the database for keywords present anywhere. It also allows you to combine search terms, e.g. Author/Title or Author/Subject or Keyword/Keyword.
  • 15. You can use Course Reserves to search for items in the Reserve Collection. You can search by course title, course number or instructor e.g. BIOL3361 (Applied Biochemistry).
  • 16.  
  • 17.
    • Results should be examined using criteria such as:
            • Authority – is the author an expert in this area
            • Credibility - is the source objective or biased
            • Relevance – is it pertinent to the research being conducted
            • Timeliness – is it current or dated
            • Accuracy – is the information correct and can you find cited references.