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  • 1. LAU LibrariesOnline Public Access Catalog OPAC (WebView)
    Prepared by
    Houeida Kammourié-Charara
    Electronic Resources Librarian
    © 2010
  • 2. LAU Libraries Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC): WebView
    To access LAU’s Libraries OPAC go to the LAU website– Libraries—Research Tools—Library Catalog OR click on the following URL or copy it into your web browser address box: http://olibweb263.lau.edu.lb:7782/eolib263
    WebView includes materials (books, maps, audiovisual materials, etc.) owned by both LAU Libraries: Beirut (BE) and Byblos (BY).
    WebView shows the availability of all items, whether they are available on the shelf, on loan to another user, or on order.
    WebView Is multilingual; you can search for materials in English, Arabic, and French, etc.
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  • 3. 3
    A variety of searches is available: Keyword is the most used search
    E-reserve link
    To access your Library account by using your LAU ID and date of birth
  • 4. Title/Author Search
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    You can edit your search
  • 5. Title details
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    Books that are on order have the availability field empty
    Availability field: Barcode, location, Shelfmark, Status (item on loan, available, etc.), Category, (building use, standard loan, etc.)
  • 6. Shelfmark
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    Shelfmark is composed of several parts:
    • Symbol for type, category or language of material: e.g. R for Reference, A for Arabic, etc.
    • 7. Dewey Number to classify material according to topics
    • 8. Cutter Number for the author
    • 9. Copy Number
  • Keyword search
    The Keyword search includes three checkboxes which specify whether the system does an exact phrase search, an automatic Boolean AND search or an automatic Boolean OR search
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  • 10. Keyword Search
    Keyword searches in the following fields:
    Title
    Author
    Subject
    Series
    Notes
    Abstract
    Publisher
    Boolean operators: AND, OR, NOT
    Truncation mark %
    Parentheses are used to control the precedence of the Boolean operators
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  • 11. Keyword Search
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    AND or and both are used, but use AND,OR NOT upper case to get used to it for the databases searching
  • 12. Keyword Searching use of parenthesis: Israel NOT (Lebanon AND war)
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  • 13. Keyword Searching use of parenthesis: (Lebanon AND war) NOT Israel
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  • 14. Subject Search
    Subject search is different from keyword search.
    It is a controlled vocabulary taken from the Library of Congress Subject Headings.
    By default the box: “retrieve a list of Subject heading” is checked.
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  • 15. List of subject headings
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    Click on the # to go to the record
  • 16. Titles retrieved with matching subjects after removing tick
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  • 17. Filtering
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    # of hits per page can be increased in order to have ISBD list in one page
    Several filtering options are available
  • 18. Sorting
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    A variety of sorting options are available from the drop down menu
  • 19. Printing from WebView
    To print a selection of items retrieved, in the hitlist display, click in the numbered box in the left hand column adjacent to the title(s) you wish to print.
    Click on the ISBD Icon
    An ISBD list will be displayed
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  • 20. ISBD Titles Selection
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    • Selection is at the page level ONLY.
    • 21. Each page SHOULD be printed after selection.
    • 22. You can fix this problem by increasing the # of hits per page from 20 to 500.
  • ISBD List
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  • 23. For more information about the Libraries e-resources visit:
    http://www.lau.edu.lb/libraries/
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    Or
    Contact the Electronic Resources Librarian
    @
    houeida.charara@lau.edu.lb
    ext. 1817