Section 3 - Searching the Online Catalog
Boldface type is used to indicate commands you should type. Boldface type enclosed by less than (<) and greater than (>) signs is used to indicate labeled keys such as <ctrl> or <Esc>. <Return> is used to mean the Return, Enter, or equivalent key.
Responses or prompts displayed by the computer are in italics.
The RPLS Online Catalog will usually accept either lower or uppercase letters for searching or command purposes. When entering bibliographic records however, care should be taken to capitalize correctly.
To erase a character press <Delete>.
A field is a group of characters in a bibliographic record that is considered a single unit of information.
When creating a title record all fields must be completed as fully as possible unless the manual instructions state otherwise.
To log on:
Command line will be:
Program/LIST/PINE/PHONE/CHANGE (password)/QUIT >>>
Type LIST to bring listing of programs available:
BORMNT BORREG CIRCLE
GATEWAY NETCAT RESERVE
GATEWAY is used for Searching, and is what the public sees.
CIRCLE is used for circulation purposes.
BORREG is used for borrower registration.
NETCAT is used for cataloging
The Online Catalog can be searched using Gateway or Bibliographic Services in Circle.
To move from the opening screen to the Search screen, type gateway, then highlight Find; enter. The computer will respond:
At this point you can search the Online Catalog in several ways. Prefixes and the types of fields they will search are:
*Keyword searching is searching a significant word from a title or notes field, etc. that is used as an index or content.
*Numeric searches can be done by ISBN, ISSN, DBCN, LCMARC numbers.
If there are no records in the database that match your search term, the computer will respond with terms USE: and RELATED TERM:
Highlight method of searching and press <Return>. For example, highlight Title, or Press <T>.
Enter the first word(s) of the TITLE -- omitting leading articles such as A, AN, and THE -- and press <Return>. Press <F10> to cancel.
If there are records in the database that match your search term, the computer will respond by giving you the record you want or a hit list or giving you the only record to fit the match.
To see the records(s), choose a number for a partial record display (Use Options to get full record display).
If there is only one matching record, the computer will display a single title record.
Holdings will be displayed on lower half of screen. Use L for locations or Control N for the next key for other locations if there are multiple copy records. Each copy record will consist of library name, call no., status, and mat class.
If there are multiple records, you must choose from hit list. If you own an item, it will be highlighted.
After all the copies have displayed, the computer will say: End of list. Press <Return> to search the database.
Enter number of record for detail.
You can see a detailed display of a particular title record by typing the record number and pressing <Return>.
The computer will then display a single complete title record.
Which option (1-5)? (Choose 3)
The screen below appears to continue the search:
Technical Services Search Keys
Press (Return) to see additional holdings when the “<MORE>“ appears in the lower right corner.
Enter the line number to view an item record.
Full Marc Record in Bibliographic
Bibliographic Cataloging Utility --Holdings Section--
BIB DBCN: AAB-09704
Davis, Miles. Kind of blue [sound recording] New York, NY: Columbia Records. 1981
1. CALL NUMBER: CBS CK:08163 -- CD -- Available