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Find It!


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A general introduction to finding resources in Learning Centres. Learn how to find and reserve books on the OPAC, and find items from your reading lists.

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Find It!

  1. 1. Find it! An introduction to finding books and reading lists
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Finding books </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is OPAC? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Getting to OPAC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Finding books on OPAC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reserving books on OPAC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Renewing books on OPAC </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Finding reading lists </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is a reading list? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Finding reading lists on OPAC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Finding reading lists on WOLF </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. What is OPAC? <ul><li>OPAC stands for Online Public Access Catalogue </li></ul><ul><li>OPAC contains details about the books and journals available across all Learning Centres </li></ul><ul><li>OPAC is also the way to check your borrower account – check your loans, reservations and fines; renew books; pay fines online </li></ul>
  4. 5. Getting to OPAC <ul><li>You can find OPACs in all Learning Centres </li></ul><ul><li>OPAC can be accessed online </li></ul><ul><li>Links to OPAC from the University website. </li></ul>
  5. 6. Finding books on OPAC <ul><li>Using OPAC, you can search for a known book (e.g. one on a reading list) or search for books on a particular topic </li></ul><ul><li>Finding a known book </li></ul><ul><li>Finding a book on a certain topic </li></ul>
  6. 7. Reserving books on OPAC <ul><li>If the book you are after is not available or is based at another campus, you can reserve it </li></ul><ul><li>You can choose to collect it at whichever Learning Centre is most convenient </li></ul><ul><li>You will receive an e-mail when it is ready to collect </li></ul><ul><li>Reserving a book </li></ul>
  7. 8. Renewing books on OPAC <ul><li>Most books can be borrowed for either one week or three weeks </li></ul><ul><li>You may borrow the book for longer as long as no one else has reserved it </li></ul><ul><li>You can renew your books: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online on OPAC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Over the phone at Learning Centre Direct </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>At the self service machines at Learning Centres </li></ul></ul>
  8. 9. Paying fines on OPAC <ul><li>You can now also pay your fines online using the OPAC </li></ul><ul><li>You will need to use a debit or credit card </li></ul>
  9. 10. What is a reading list? <ul><li>Many of your modules will have reading lists within the module guide </li></ul><ul><li>This is a list of books and journal articles that you will need to read as part of the module </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Centres will have copies of most of the books on your reading lists (unless you are required to buy them) </li></ul>
  10. 11. Finding reading lists from OPAC <ul><li>Some reading lists are available online and are linked to the OPAC </li></ul><ul><li>You can use them to find out which books are on your reading list and where you can find them </li></ul><ul><li>Finding reading lists on OPAC </li></ul>
  11. 12. Finding reading lists from WOLF <ul><li>Not all reading lists are listed on OPAC </li></ul><ul><li>You can often find your module guide on WOLF within each module area </li></ul><ul><li>Usually the module guide can be found in a folder from the main page or in the Group Folder (go to the Tools menu) </li></ul><ul><li>If you cannot find your module guide, contact your lecturer </li></ul>
  12. 13. Any questions? Complete the activity to ensure you can find books on the OPAC.
  13. 14. Useful Links <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>