Introduction to OPAC


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Introduction to OPAC

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