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How to Search the Michigan statewide library catalog

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Searching Me L

  1. 1. Searching MeLCat The Statewide catalog for Michigan residents
  2. 2. MeLCat <ul><li>Libraries from all over the state… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Public Libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>University and College Libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Books delivered to your home library </li></ul><ul><li>Available to Hackley Public Library and Muskegon Area District Library patrons </li></ul>
  3. 3. Remember… <ul><li>Always check the Lakeland Library Catalog First! </li></ul>
  4. 4. Use MeLCat when there are no items in the Lakeland Catalog
  5. 5. Clicking on the MeLCat logo takes you to MelCat!
  6. 6. You’ll get a list of matching titles
  7. 7. Clicking on a title will take you to a description of the book and where it lives
  8. 8. Clicking on “Get this for me” will start the process for requesting the book
  9. 9. First, choose your library…
  10. 10. It matters where your home library is <ul><li>If you have a Hackley Card choose Hackley Library </li></ul><ul><li>If you have a Muskegon Area District Card (Yellow), choose Muskegon Area District Library </li></ul><ul><li>You will have to have the book sent to your “home” library…either Hackley or one of the MADL libraries, depending on your card. MeL can not send a MADL patron’s book to Hackley or a Hackley patron’s book to a MADL branch (Norton Shores or North Muskegon, for example). </li></ul>
  11. 11. Enter your personal information Name, Barcode, Pin (last 4 digits of your phone number)
  12. 12. Choose your pickup location if you are a Muskegon Area District Library Patron
  13. 13. Click on Submit and your hold will be placed
  14. 14. You will stay logged in until you hit the logout button, so you can continue to search and place holds without entering your information again
  15. 15. Problems <ul><li>MelCat can be picky…be sure you have entered your name, number, and pin correctly. </li></ul><ul><li>Be sure you have the correct home library </li></ul><ul><li>Be sure you have fewer than 10 holds on your card </li></ul><ul><li>If all else fails, ask the Circulation Staff to check your record or have a Reference Librarian try to place the hold for you. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Searching <ul><li>Author </li></ul><ul><li>Title </li></ul><ul><li>Subject </li></ul><ul><li>Keyword </li></ul><ul><li>Basically the same as searching the Lakeland Catalog! </li></ul>
  17. 17. Feel Free to Experiment! Basic Searches Fancier Searches Limit to areas of the state
  18. 18. Problems? We are happy to answer your questions!

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