MetaLib User Interface Using MetaLib 2 MetaLib may be used at two different levels: guest users and logged on users. Guest users have limited access to the databases as well as minimal personalization privileges. Services not available to guest users either do not appear as options on the screen, or appear with a locked icon At any time during a session if the user logs on, all current work is retained and can then be saved.
MetaLib User Interface To access MetaLib 3 MetaLib may be accessed via the SDLN web site: Click Search Databases
MetaLib User Interface To access MetaLib 4 Type your search terms in the box and click Go:
MetaLib User Interface To access MetaLib 5 At this screen, if you are outside the library, you must login by clicking the padlock
MetaLib User Interface To access MetaLib 6 Enter your library card barcode, password, select home library from the dropdown list, click Login:
MetaLib User Interface Quick Search 7 Once logged in, you will see the Quick Search page
MetaLib User Interface Quick Sets 8 Clicking a Quick Set name opens a window displaying the resources in the set, a short description of the Quick Set, and the number of databases included. Each resource name is hyperlinked to its native Web interface. In addition, clicking the INFO button next to a resource displays a description of the resource.
MetaLib User Interface Select Quick Set 9 The search defaults to using the Newspaper quick set, select the set you want to search
MetaLib User Interface Click Go to search 10 After selecting the General Quick Set, click Go to search
MetaLib User Interface Quick Search Summary 11 The Quick Search Summary page appears during the execution of a Quick Search and updates the user with the ongoing status of the search
MetaLib User Interface Results list – Table View 12 Records are presented in a tabular format, including ranking Relevance, Author, Title, Year, and Database Name.
MetaLib User Interface Results list – Brief View 13 Record fields are displayed in citation format
MetaLib User Interface Results list – Full view 14 A single full record displays on the page
MetaLib User Interface Icons in Full view 15 Add to Basket Allows you to add the document to your own basket Save Record Allows you to save the document on your computer Send To Allows you to the document View Original Format Provides the original machine readable record for the document
MetaLib User Interface Extending the retrieved result set 16 MetaLib retrieves the first 30 records from each database. If you wish to extend this initial set, click “retrieve more” on the tool bar. The system fetches another bulk of records, resorts the extended sets, and displays them on the screen.
MetaLib User Interface Extended result set 17 Additional items retrieved will have a new icon
MetaLib User Interface Topics and Facets 18 Also, in Table and Brief view, you will see Topics and Facets, including: Topics Authors Journal Titles Databases Subjects You can narrow your search using these links.
MetaLib User Interface Save Documents 19 Select documents you would like to save, then click the
MetaLib User Interface Retrieve saved documents 20 Click My Space
MetaLib User Interface My Space / e-Shelf 21
MetaLib User Interface Find Database – by Title 22 Another way to search is to Find Database:
MetaLib User Interface Find Database – by Title 23 Type a search term in the search box and click Go
MetaLib User Interface Find Database – by Title 24 You retrieve databases containing your search term:
MetaLib User Interface Save Databases 25 To save databases, click on the
MetaLib User Interface Search Native Interface 26 By clicking on the link for Regional Business News, the single database opens: You can then search the native interface
MetaLib User Interface Find Database – using Locate 27 The Locate function allows the user to search for databases by specifying values for title, vendor, or any word. Category and file type options also exist.
MetaLib User Interface Find Database by Category 28 You can also choose databases by category, Select a category and click GO
MetaLib User Interface Find e-Journal 29 You can also search for individual journal titles. Selecting find e-journal takes the user to the SFX A-Z list. Searches can be performed for all e-journals within the statewide databases.
MetaLib User Interface MetaSearch 30 MetaSearch allows the user to select databases they wish to search. MetaSearch provides options to search Quick Sets, My Databases (if you have saved databases), Categories or Locate.
MetaLib User Interface MetaSearch 31 Click the dropdown menu at Quick Sets to find Categories
MetaLib User Interface MetaSearch 32 Choose General
MetaLib User Interface MetaSearch 33 Then Choose All (Category – General – All) You can search these databases all at once
MetaLib User Interface MetaSearch 34 Results are returned with the same views, Table, Brief, Full
MetaLib User Interface MetaSearch 35 You can also get results for each database
MetaLib User Interface Save Documents 36 Select documents you would like to save, then click the
MetaLib User Interface Creating Folders for Saved Documents 37 Click on My Space to see saved documents, then click Advanced to work with the documents
MetaLib User Interface Creating Folders for Saved Documents 38 You will see your basket, to make a folder for this session, click
MetaLib User Interface Creating Folders for Saved Documents 39 Select your documents and click copy to folder
MetaLib User Interface Creating Personal QuickSets 40 The databases selected when using Find Database are saved to a clipboard under My Databases: Click to create a new set
MetaLib User Interface Creating Personal QuickSets 41
MetaLib User Interface Creating Personal QuickSets 42 Once your set is created, click to add Databases to the set
MetaLib User Interface Save Searches 43 To save previous searches to History, go to MetaSearch, click previous searches, then click
MetaLib User Interface History 44 To view History, click My Space, History Queries can be reactivated by: clicking the query clicking the databases that were searched define the query as an Alert or remove the query from the list
MetaLib User Interface Preferences 45 The user can set search preferences which will be saved from session to session. Preferences that can be defined include: Default views for database lists and result lists Number of results per page Language will always be English Portal will be the library you logged into