4 What is OPAC? An acronym for: Online Public Access Catalogue A database used for searching books.Also used for checking your libraryaccount, renewal of books and makereservation if the book is on loan.
5 You can access OPAC at http://library.utar.edu.my
6 What can be done by OPAC ? Details of books Reserve books Location of Renew booksStatus ofthe booksAccountinformation
8 Browse Search - By Title Select TitleTo see if the material is in the library, you may select “Title” search and enter the exact title. Do not key in the articles ‘a’, ‘an’ and ‘the’ if they appear in the beginning of the title.
9 Browse Search - By Author Or, you may select “Author” search.
10 Browse Search - By Subject Select Subject“Subject” search allows you to search for same materials in particular subject area in the library, e.g. “communication”
11 Browse Search - By Call Number SelectCall NumberIf you know the “Call Number”, you may use “Call Number” search.11
12 Viewing RecordsAfter you have identified the title you want, e.g. “Seven habits of highly effective people”, you will see the “Title Search Screen” as shown above.
13 Click the title to find out more information. Viewing RecordsClick “item”to view the location(s)of the book.Click the title to find out more information.
14 Check the “location” of the items. Viewing RecordsCheck the “location” of the items.
15 Viewing RecordsIf the item is “Available” in your faculty library, you may take down the “Call Number” and get it from the shelf.
16 What is Call Number ?Each book in the library has a unique “call number”. A “call number” is like an address: it tells us where the book is located in the library.
17 Viewing Records: Other Information Number of copieschecked outAvailable copiesNumber of peoplerequestedOn hold copies17
18 Keyword Search – Using “AND” If you cannot remember the full title of the book, you may do a “Keyword” search, for example, “seven habits people”, then select “title”.
19 Keyword Search – Using “AND” OR, If you can remember the name of the “author” and a few words of the “title”, you may do a “combination” of “author” and “title” search.
20 Keyword Search – Using “OR” Use “OR” to broader a search, for example, “html” OR “xhtml”, you will get books on both “html” OR “xhtml”.
21 Keyword Search – Using “NOT” You may use “NOT” to filter out those titles that you don’t want, for example, “html” NOT “xhtml”, you will get books on “html” but not “xhtml”.
22 Keyword Search – Using “Anywhere” SelectAnywhere search“Anywhere” search allows you to search for materials found in Title, Author and Subject fields.
23 THE ENDFor further information, please contact the library staff on duty from any of our libraries during office hours or toLast Updated Jun 2011