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ONLINE CATALOGUE

Using the Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC)
Library resources are catalogued using the Dewey Decimal System. Fiction novels and Literacy novels are filed alphabetically by the last name of the author.

Resources are shelved numerically by the Dewey Decimal call number.
Individual OPAC computer stations are accessible to trace and locate resources in the library collection. The catalogue entries provide title, author, publisher, date, description, series, notes, document type, and the individual Dewey catalogue number for each item.

The OPAC search menu has 18 searchable fields:

SCHOOL OPAC
Type of searches: HELP key for assistance
1 AU=Author 10 SH=Subject heading
2 OC-Organization or conference 11 DT=Document type
3 TI=Title 12 Combination
4 UT=Uniform or collective title 13 Record number
5 KE=Subject Keyword 14 Item (bar code) #
6 PS-Person as subject 15 ISBN
7 CN=Call number 16 LC card number
8 SE=Series 17 ISSN
9 PU=Publisher 18 Classification-Numeric
 
Enter the NUMBER of your search request and press RETURN: for example press 1 for Author

The most frequently use primary searchable fields are :

AU=Author

OC=Organization or
conference

TI=Title

KE=Subject keyword

SH=Subject heading

To search in any of these fields, type the search type code number that precedes the search type in the main menu of search type codes.
For example, in the main menu, press search code number 1 to search by Author:

1 AU- Author

Example searches:

1. Personal author (AU)- To search by author, press search code number for AU (author). You will get a blank search window and then type the author's last name and then press enter. It must be typed with the surname first followed by a comma and then the first letter of the first name or the first name typed in full. Forms to be used are Smith, Ronald or Smith, R or Smith. Typing in the word Smith without an initial will display all authors' names beginning with Smith, for example, Smithers or Smithson.

2. Organization or Conference (Corporate body) (OC)- To search for collective author, press search code number for OC (organization or conference). You will get a blank search window and then type specific words in the collective author's name. Examples are, Calgary Horticultural Society or Canada or. Health and Welfare Canada.

In this field, a word followed by an asterisk (*) will tell the computer to search for any occurrence of the word in the collective author field. This format will find any words starting with the letters prior to the truncation or asterisk (*). A query that includes a group of words can contain as many as four words followed by an asterisk (*) and the entry will search for an occurrence of those four words in any order.

3. Title (TI) - To search by title, press search code number for TI (Title). You will get a blank search window and then type the title (do not include the word "The"), then press enter. Always check for spelling and typos. In this field, a word followed by an asterisk (*) will tell the computer to search for any occurrence of the word in the title field. This format will find any words starting with the letters prior to the truncation or asterisk (*). A query that includes a group of words can contain as many as four words followed by asterisk (*) and the entry will search for an occurrence of those four words in any order. This format will find any words starting with the letters prior to the truncation or asterisk (*). For example, parent* will give you parents, parents', parenting, parenthood, etc. The computer will search for any titles roughly corresponding to the information given.

4. Subject keyword (KE)- To search by KE (Subject keyword). You will get a blank search window and then type keywords. To narrow your topic, use synonyms, keywords, and phrases or narrow the topic chronologically or geographically. Create a word bank of terms relating to the topic.

In this field, a word followed by an asterisk (*) will tell the computer to search for any occurrence of the word in the subject keyword field. This format will find any words starting with the letters prior to the truncation or asterisk (*). A query that includes a group of words can contain as many as four words followed by an asterisk (*) and the entry will search for an occurrence of those four words in any order, e.g. Canada economics*. Remember, narrowing a search topic is achieved by entering more words and terms that are related to the specific topic. Also, the computer will search for the exact spelling of a word, whether the keyword is singular or plural such as: economics vs economic.

5. Subject heading (SH) - To search by SH (subject heading). You will get a blank search window and then type keywords. Subject headings may consist of one word or several and one-word headings are usually nouns. Two-word headings usually contain an adjective and a noun. They may appear in normal word order, as with Nuclear physics, Local taxation, and Pumping Machinery or in inverted form such as Art, American, or Gas, Natural. Resources are catalogued and filed on the shelves by subject category, see chart below:

DEWEY DECIMAL CLASSIFICATION

000 - 099

Generalities

Computer Science, Library Science, References

100 - 199

Philosophy

Ethics Occultism, Philosophy, Psychology

200 - 299

Religion

300 - 399

Social Sciences

Careers, Economics, Education, Government, Law, Social Issues, Statistics

400 - 499

Languages

English, Other Languages and Dictionaries

500 - 599

Science and Math

600 - 699

Applied Sciences

Cooking, Health, Medical Sciences, Technology

700 - 799

The Arts

Visual arts, Music, Performing arts, Photography

800 - 899

Literature

American, English, and Other

900 - 999

Geography and History

Biography, History, Travel




 

 
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