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Main Topics

Getting Started About Web OPAC
Sign In
Switching to a different database
The Menu Bar

Search Types Simple Search
Browse Search
Power Search
My Searches
Cross Library Search

Customizing a Search Choosing Your Search Method
Display Results (records per page)
Limits
Publication Year
Linked Media

View Results How to view complete information

Holds How to place a Hold

Lists My Titles
New Titles
Special Titles

My Account My Profile
Checkouts
Charges
Holds
Messages
Passwords

Icons Save, Print, e-mail, etc
Material Format
Media Links




Getting Started


What is Web OPAC?

Web OPAC is a simple yet sophisticated searching module that provides access to your library’s Online Public Access Catalog over the Internet. There are five Search Types available: Simple Search, Browse Search, Power Search, My Searches, and Cross Library Search.


Sign In

Sign In requirements are set by your library. Sign In may be requested in a variety of ways. It can be enforced upon startup of a new Web OPAC session or when accessing patron specific functions such as My Account, My Searches, My Titles, and for placing Holds. Once authenticated, you will be able to access all functions during the same session without further logins.

Note: User names and passwords are maintained by your library along with your other patron circulation information.


Switching to a different database

This option is available only if defined by your library. To change the database, click on the 'Switch Database' link. Select the desired database and click on the 'Switch' button.


The Menu Bar

The menu bar provides quick access to Web OPAC functions. The available options are determined by your library. Therefore, your menu bar may not contain all of the options listed below.

Start: Return to your library's opening Web OPAC screen.

Search: Display the Search Menu for: Simple Search, Browse Search, Power Search, My Searches, and Cross Library Search.

Lists: Display the Lists menu for: My Titles, New Titles, Special Titles

My Account:

Display the following patron specific options: My Profile, Checkouts, Charges, Holds, Messages, Password


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Search Types:

Simple Search This search allows you to search for any keyword or phrase. Results are displayed by relevancy order.

Step-By-Step  |  Examples

Browse Search Browse Search allows you to search by a specific category such as 'Author', 'Title', 'Subject', etc. Search results appear in alphabetical order beginning with the nearest field matching the information you entered.

Step-By-Step  |  Examples

Power Search Power Search gives you the advantage of combining different categories such as 'Author' AND 'Title' OR 'Subject' enabling you to search multiple terms simultaneously.

Step-By-Step  |  Examples

My Searches These are searches you compose and save under your user ID. Select a list name from this section to find results based on previously saved criteria.

Step-By-Step

Cross Library Search Cross Library Search allows Z39.50 searching.

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Simple Search - Find a Keyword or Phrase

Step-By-Step

  1. Type in the term(s) you want to search for: Enter a single keyword, multiple keywords or a phrase (a text string with quotation marks).
  2. Click on the “GO” button to launch the search. Click on "Start Over" to clear all fields and resume your search.
Search Tip:

Click on the "Show Search Options" link to Limit Your Search to specific parameters such as: Search Method (Match all keywords, Match Any Keyword, Synonyms); Display Results (number of records per page), Limit Search (Format, Location, Language, etc). Find Linked Media (images, sound, etc), and or Publication Year.

Examples:
  1. Search for records containing a simple keyword.

    Type keyword or phrase: planet

  2. Search for records containing at least one of the keywords entered.

    Type keyword or phrase: mars planet
    Search Method: Match ANY Keyword

  3. Search only for records containing all keywords entered.

    Type keyword or phrase: mars planet
    Search Method: Match ALL Keywords

  4. Search for records containing a phrase.

    Type keyword or phrase: "red planet"

  5. Limit records by Media Type, Location, and Publication Year.

    Type keyword or phrase: planet
    Limit by: [Media] Book; [Location] Main Branch
    Publication Year: 2000-2002

  6. Search for linked media containing the keyword entered.

    Type keyword or phrase: planet
    Find: Linked Media
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Browse Search – Search by Author, Title, Subject, etc

Step-By-Step

  1. Select an index from the pick list (Author, title, Subject, etc).
  2. Type a keyword or phrase to reposition the browse list accordingly.
  3. Click on the “GO” button to launch the search. Click on "Start Over" to clear all fields and resume your search.
Note: The Browse option generates a list of entries arranged in alphabetical order by the selected browse index. Every list consists of many pages containing at least 10 entries each.

Examples:

  1. Browse ALL titles.

    Look for: TI (Titles)

  2. Browse titles starting with: M

    Look for: TI (Titles)
    Begins with: m

  3. Browse titles beginning with the phrase: A Journal of Thoracic

    Type keyword or phrase: TI (Titles)
    Search Method: a journal of thoracic
    -or-
    Search Method: journal thoracic
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Power Search - Connect terms by using AND / OR / NOT

Step-By-Step

  1. Select an index from the pick list (Keyword, Author, title, Subject, etc).
  2. Type in the term(s) you want to search for: Enter a single keyword, multiple keywords or a phrase (a text string with quotation marks).
  3. Select the operator to use between the search terms entered (AND/OR/AND NOT)
  4. Click on the “GO” button to launch the search. Click on "Start Over" to clear all fields and resume your search.
Search Tip:

Click on the "Show Search Options" link to Limit Your Search to specific parameters such as: Display Results (number of records per page), Limit Search (Format, Location, Language, etc). Find Linked Media (images, sound, etc), and or Publication Year.

Examples:

  1. Search for records containing a keyword anywhere in the record.

    Search type: Word(s)       Criteria: The Internet


  2. Search for records containing all keywords in a specific record field.

    Search type: Series       Criteria: Prentice Hall


  3. Retrieve records where either search may be applicable.

    Search type: Word(s)       Criteria: The Internet      OR
    Search type: Series       Criteria: Prentice Hall


  4. Retrieve only records where both searches are applicable.

    Search type: Word(s)       Criteria: The Internet     AND
    Search type: Series       Criteria: Prentice Hall


  5. Perform complex searches.

    Search type: Word(s)       Criteria: The Internet     AND
    Search type: Series       Criteria: Prentice Hall        OR
    Search type: Author       Criteria: Kehoe
    Limit by: [Media] Book; [Location] Main Branch
    Publication Year: 2000-2002
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My Searches - Display previously saved Searches

Step-By-Step: Save a Search

  1. Perform a search. When the resulting title lists displays, the option to save your search becomes available.
  2. Click on the ‘Save Search’ link.
  3. Enter the file name and a description for your search.
  4. Click on the Save button. The search is now saved under "My Searches".
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Cross Library Search

Step-By-Step

  1. Click on the Show Search Options link to select the Z39.50 database for your search.
  2. Select the Z39.50 database to be searched.
  3. Type the keyword(s) or a phrase for each field being searched into the Enter your criteria field. Up to three fields may be searched.
  4. Select the operator to use between each search line entered (AND, OR, or AND NOT).
  5. Click on the GO button to launch the search.
Search Tip:

Click on the Show Search Options link to select a Z39.50 database and to select the Display Results (number of records per page).


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How Do I Customize my Search?

There are many ways in which you can limit your search. Each of the search options is accessible by clicking on the ‘More Search Options’ link located in the search screen.


Choosing Your Search Method

In Simple Search you can set parameters for your search based on a Search Method. The differences between the methods involve how the system handles the keywords entered for the search. To determine which search method is right for you, read on:


Use the Match ALL Keywords (AND) option if you wish to have the system:
  • Narrow the search to include only records with keyword 1 AND keyword 2 AND keyword 3, etc. in the specified field.

Use the Match ANY Keywords (OR) option if you wish to have the system:
  • Expand the search to include any record with either keyword 1 OR keyword 2 OR keyword 3, etc. in the specified field.

Use the Exact Phrase search option if you wish to have the system:
  • Search for fields exactly matching the text string entered (including punctuation). Exact matching include both the singular and plural form of each keyword entered within the quote marks.

Use the Spelling Variations option if you wish to have the system:
  • Find similarly spelled words for each keyword entered.

    (Example: If academy is entered in the Search field, the system retrieves records containing academy and similarly spelled words such as academe, academic, academies, etc.)

Use the Synonyms option if you wish to have the system:
  • Find words with the exact meaning as a given word (Example: bag, arrest, capture, seize, nail)

Use the Related Words option if you wish to have the system:
  • Find words with similar meaning as a given word (Example: trap, snare)

Use the Weakly Related Words option if you wish to have the system:
  • Find words with a slight resemblance (Example: clutch, snatch)
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Display Results

By default the system will display 10 records per page. You can select a different number from the 'display results' pick list found under 'Search Options'. You may choose from the following: 10, 15, 20, 25 records per page.

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Limits

Limit options are determined by your library. Limits are used to restrict searches by one or more search types. The following limit types may be available for selection:

Format
Media
Language
Location
Collection

Example: If Title=war is entered in the Search field and searches are restricted to videos in English (Media=Video AND Language=English), the system retrieves only those with "war" in the Title field, "Video" in the Media Type field, and "English" as the language code.

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Publication Year

One or more years can be entered to narrow the search according to the record item's Year field. Only records that match at least one of the years are retrieved. Leaving the Year field blank retrieves records regardless of year.

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Linked Media

Allows you to Search for linked media (images, sounds, documents, etc) containing the keyword entered.

Example: If academy is entered in the Search field and the ‘Linked Media’ option is enabled, a record with an image entitled, "West Point Military Academy" is retrieved even if the word "academy" is contained in no other field in the record.

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View Results

From the resulting list of titles, you can do the following:
  • To view a single record: Click on a title to immediately view the
    related record information.

  • To view multiple records: Use the check boxes to the left of each
    title list. Then click ‘view’.
The selected records display in a record detail window with separate record and copy information tabs. Links are available to expand information. Scroll buttons are available to move through the selected record set.

Additional options to Save, Print, or Email the selected titles are also available. When the Print option is selected, the information is sent to your screen before your Print dialog box displays.

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Place Holds

Note: This option is available only if your library has patron-specific functions enabled.

Click on the Hold icon to place your name on the related hold list. If the Hold icon is selected from the Record tab, the hold is placed on all items for the title. If the Hold icon is available at the item level (the option must be enabled by your library), the hold is placed on the specific item.

When hold placement is complete, the system reports your position on the hold list.

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Lists

My Titles

My title lists are created, saved, and made available according to the name under which you signed in. Click on a saved list to display the list of saved records.

Note: Use Lists / My Searches if you wish to execute previously saved searches.

To save a title list:

  1. Perform a search. When the resulting title lists displays, click in the check box of each title to be saved in the title list.
  2. Click on the Save button.
  3. Enter the file name for the list, a description if desired, and click on the Save button. The search is now saved under "My Titles" according to the name under which you signed in.

New Titles

New title lists are created, saved, and made available by your library. When a new title list name is selected, the saved title list displays.


Special Titles

Special title lists are created, saved, and made available by your library. When a special title list name is selected, the saved title list displays.

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My Account

Note: This section is available only if your library has patron-specific functions enabled.


My Profile

Displays information from your patron record.


Checkouts

Displays item information for the items which you have checked out. The due date, record detail, and items information are available in this option.


Charges

Displays item information and charges for overdue items and any other item for which you owe a fine or fee. The type of fee, or ID number for overdue items, displays along with the charge, a description of the charge, and the date the item was due/returned.


Holds

Displays item information for titles (any ID number) or items which you have placed a hold. Hold status, record detail, and the ability to cancel a hold are available in this option.


Messages

Displays messages from the library to your patron account.


Password

This option is used to change your password. This password affects access to patron-specific functions for the name under which you signed in.

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Icons

Miscellaneous

Save Icon Save

Print Icon Print

Email Icon Email

Restart Icon Restart

Hold Icon Hold


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Material Format

Book Icon Book

Serial Icon Serial

Computer File Icon Computer File

Mixed Material Icon Mixed Material

Map Icon Map

Visual Material Icon Visual Material

Nonmusical Sound Icon Nonmusical Sound

Musical Sound Icon Musical Sound

Printed Music Icon Printed Music


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Media Links

Image Icon Image

Document Icon Document

Audio Icon Audio

Video Icon Video

Program Icon Program

URL Icon URL

Bibliographic Record Icon Bibliographic Record


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