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Library catalogue tutorial

  1. 1. THELIBRARYCATALOGUETUTORIAL Created by Yvonne Krishnan, March 2012
  2. 2. What’s covered in this tutorial• Why would you use it • Author Search• Online Catalogue or • Subject Search OPAC • Series Search• Common ways to • Other search options search for an item – Power search• Our catalogue (OPAC) – Visual Search• Keyword Search • Search Results• Title Search Created by Yvonne Krishnan, Aug 2011
  3. 3. Why would you use it?Will help you find the stuff you’re lookingfor which include: • Books • Magazines • Ebooks • Movies • Electronic resources Created by Yvonne Krishnan, Aug 2011
  4. 4. Online Catalogue or OPACThe OPAC is a wondrous thing because itcontains a lot more informationthan the old card catalogue,is easier to search &best of all, you can search the catalogue fromany computer at school or at home! Created by Yvonne Krishnan, Aug 2011
  5. 5. Common ways to search for an Item Click on the type of Search to move directly to that slide• Keyword e.g. Zombies• Title e.g. Diary of a would-be princess• Author e.g. John Grisham• Subject e.g. Geography OR Cloning• Series e.g. Year of festivals Created by Yvonne Krishnan, Aug 2011
  6. 6. Our Catalogue (OPAC)Accessed via the Community menu – Student at our school site Created by Yvonne Krishnan, March 2012
  7. 7. Keyword SearchWhen would you search by keyword?• When you don’t have a particular author or title in mind• When you are searching for a specialized or specific term e.g. ecotourism or solar energy Created by Yvonne Krishnan, Aug 2011
  8. 8. Keyword SearchHow do you do a ‘keyword’ search?Just enter the term and either press ‘enter’ onthe keyboard OR click the ‘keyword’ button onthe OPACExample: Enter the word ‘FOOTBALL’ and you will get all of thefollowing results:• Divided we fall by Alan Gibbons• The complete encyclopedia of footballYou get these results because the word ‘football’appears somewhere in the record. Either in the‘title’, ‘subject’ or notes. Created by Yvonne Krishnan, Aug 2011
  9. 9. Title SearchWhen would you want to search by Title?• When you are fairly sure of the title• When you know some words in the titleExamples of titles:Where the wild things areI know what you did last summerKite Runner Created by Yvonne Krishnan, Aug 2011
  10. 10. Title SearchHow do you do a ‘title’ search?Entire the entire title OR just 2 or 3 words that youare sure is in the title and click the ‘TITLE’ button onthe OPAC screen.Example: Enter the words ‘DA VINCI CODE’ and youwill all books with these words in them:• Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown• Cracking the Da Vinci Code by Simon Cox Created by Yvonne Krishnan, Aug 2011
  11. 11. Author SearchWhy would you want to search by Author?• You want to find other books by the same authorHow would you do an author search?Just type in the author’s name and click the‘Author’ button on the OPACExample: Type in Robert Muchamore ORMuchamore, Robert and you will get a list of all thebooks that the library has by this author Created by Yvonne Krishnan, Aug 2011
  12. 12. Subject Search• Subjects are words or phrases that tell you what the book is about• Subjects are usually selected by Librarians to organize information so that users will be able to find the information they need in one or two specific places on the shelves in the library Created by Yvonne Krishnan, Aug 2011
  13. 13. Subject Search• Subjects can be general like Biology, History or Mathematics OR• More specific like Enzymes, World War II or Fractions• Using a general term will usually result in a large number of items which may not result in the type of information you are looking for Created by Yvonne Krishnan, Aug 2011
  14. 14. Subject Search• You should start off by using a specific term e.g. cloning or statistics, etc.• If a specific term does not give you the result you are looking for or you are not able to find a sufficient number of titles, use a general term to get more results. Created by Yvonne Krishnan, Aug 2011
  15. 15. Series SearchWhen would you search by Series?• You have been reading a book which is part of a series and you want to read the next book• You want to find out whether the library has the complete seriesHow would you do a series search?Just type in a few words from the series and click the‘Series’ button on the OPAC. Back to Common Ways to search for an Item Created by Yvonne Krishnan, Aug 2011
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  17. 17. Power SearchWhen would you use the Power Search option?•When a basic search returns too many results OR•When a basic search doesn’t provide results that are specific enough Created by Yvonne Krishnan, Aug 2011
  18. 18. Power Search• Lets you combine search terms using the BOOLEAN operators ‘AND’, ‘OR’ & ‘NOT.’• For example, if you were to type in the word ‘CRICKET’ into the OPAC, you would get a list of 16 titles. However, if you are only interested in Cricket in India, you could use the power search option (see next slide) and be able to narrow down your results to just 2 titles. Created by Yvonne Krishnan, Aug 2011
  19. 19. Visual SearchClick on the visual search tab and the desired iconUse this option for specific custom made search results that have beencreated by the Librarian. Created by Yvonne Krishnan, Aug 2011
  20. 20. Search ResultsSearch results can also be managed to suit individual users.Option #1You can choose to view 25 titles on each page view or ‘show all’ results so thatall titles can be view at once Created by Yvonne Krishnan, March 2012
  21. 21. Search ResultsOption #2Sort your results by Call Number, Title, Author Date, Type, Status or Relevance. Created by Yvonne Krishnan, Aug 2011
  22. 22. Search ResultsOption #3Create a resource list. A resource list is just a fancy name for a list oftitles on a particular topic or group of topics created by teachers orstudents.Steps to take1. Login using your username and password2. Click on the ‘catalog’ tab and select ‘Resource lists’3. Click on the ‘Add list’ button on the right side of the screen and you will be asked to name the list and will also be given the option to make it a public list that can be shared with everyone.4. Conduct your search and select the titles that you would like to add to your list. Created by Yvonne Krishnan, Aug 2011
  23. 23. Questions?Ask any library staff or send me an email at yvonne.krishnan@sji-international.com.sg Created by Yvonne Krishnan, Aug 2011

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