How do you access OPAC? Open up your internet browser: Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox . Click on START button. Hover your mouse on PROGRAMS . You will see a drop-down of applications. Now Select INTERNET EXPLORER .
How do you access OPAC? Continues… Click on Library
How do you access OPAC? Continues… Click on Online Catalogue/ OPAC
Advanced Search Screen Two Search options available Advanced & Quick Search
<ul><li>Hints: </li></ul><ul><li>One or more keywords may be used with the respective INDEX in each field/box. </li></ul><ul><li>2. The Fields are linked with </li></ul><ul><li>the Boolean Operator AND. </li></ul><ul><li>At the bottom of the search screen you will find some ‘Search Hints’ </li></ul>
Example 1: Assignment Topic For argument sake say you have been given this topic for your assignment: Write an essay on soccer in South Africa. The first step is to identify your keywords. Remember, the function of a KEY is to help you open a closed door. That comparison applies here as keywords help you retrieve the information you need. Your keywords are: Soccer AND South Africa Also think of synonyms. soccer = football South Africa = Republic of South Africa, Mzantsi Africa Additional keywords: FIFA World Cup Bafana
Advanced Search Strategy <ul><li>Conduct a Search by typing the Keywords in the textboxes. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not change the fields. </li></ul><ul><li>Click on Go </li></ul>
Results You have retrieved 41 records with the keyword SOCCER and 18754 with the keyword SOUTH AFRICA. There are EIGHT (8) RECORDS for your combined search (SOCCER and SOUTH AFRICA). Click on this number to view the full list of your RESULTS.
Results List This column provides us with information about the LOCATION of the items as well as its availability. The first record shows that we have two (2) copies of the book in the Main Library. Please note that the first number indicates how many copies are available in the Library, while the second digit indicates how many copies are out on loan. Click here.
Holdings Information of Item Bibliographic details of the item Item status indicates the circulation policy pertaining to that specific copy. ‘Open shelves’ indicates the book may be borrowed from the Library. ‘ Cataloguing’ indicates another copy is still being prepared for the shelves. Ask a librarian if you need this copy. Availability The date indicates when the book should be returned. Shelf number Books are filed according to this number. Please, note this before you go look for the book on the shelf. Location Indicates the level where the item is held. This book is in the Main Library collection. Examples of other libraries are Dentistry Library or The School of Government Resource Centre Barcode Each item has an unique barcode. Note this number if you wish to request a book, which has been borrowed.
Back to the Results List… This is the record number. Click on it to see the full view.
Full View of Record Click here to see where the copies are available . Shelf Number Title Editors Subjects covered Publication Details Abstract
Online Short Loan Booking Perform an Online Reserve Booking Only Books showing Reserve Fulltime or Reserve Part-time can be Reserved Click on booking Expand
Identity Requested Your Identity Requested Type Student Number Verification means: Type Student Number again Read through the different time slots Check out copies available Select the one of your choice Click Request
Check if Booking has been Registered Response of OPAC should indicate – BOOKING HAS BEEN REGISTERED Click My Library Account to Check Loan History OR Cancel a Booking Want to cancel booking? Click on the number next to Booking Requests
Cancellation of Booking Click on the number to view booking information Click Delete
Booking has been cancelled Click GO End Session