Tutorial

Introduction

The On-Line Public Access Catalog (OPAC) provides complete access to information about every book available through the Michigan Network of Regional and Subregional Libraries with the exception of those held in Wayne County. Anyone can browse the OPAC.

If you are a registered borrower, you can also choose and order your own books using the OPAC.  To use the OPAC, you need to have Internet access and a current web browser.  If you want to use the OPAC to order books, contact your Reader's Advisor for your User ID and Password. The OPAC is completely accessible with screen reading technology. 

Searching Methods

Introduction

The OPAC offers you many different ways to find books. You can search by author, subject, word in a title, title, narrator, keyword, book number or word in a series.  For each search method, you can search all media formats or restrict your search to just one format, examples are Braille, cassette, large type, etc.

For any type of search that you perform, you can narrow the results by what media format you would like to search for by using the All Formats dropdown menu.  Formats you can choose from include: All Formats, Cassette, Digital Books, Braille   (Not all formats listed are available at all libraries.)

After entering your search terms, press the enter key or select “OK Submit Search” to start your search.

Search by Author

There are multiple ways you can search by author.

·        Search by author’s name by typing in the author’s last name, followed by a comma, then a space and the author’s name.  Example: Michaels, Fern

·        Search by part of the author’s name by just typing in part of the name.  Example, if you type in just the word King, you will receive a list of all books authored by anyone whose last name is King.

·        If you are not sure how to spell the entire name of an author, you can replace part of the name with a percent sign.  Example: If you do not know if a last name is spelled Anderson or Andersen, you can type Anders%n or L%is, Sinc%r for Sinclair Lewis.

·        Do not type in the author’s middle initial, you will not get accurate results.

·        For authors whose first names consist of initials, use the following format: Tolkien, J.R.R.  Do not type spaces between the initials, just periods.  If the name consists of an initial and then a name, type a space between the initial and the name.  Example: Cooper, J. David

Search by Word in Title

If you are not sure of a book’s title, you may search for the book using a single word that appears in the title.  Here are some tips for searching by one word in the title.

·        You can search for only ONE word in a title.

·        You can also search by a word in a series.  If you are looking for all the books in The Hunger Games series, you can search for the word Hunger and the results will list all the titles that are in that series.  (Other books with Hunger in the title will also show.)

·        Search results will show all possible endings to a word.  Example: a search for the word dream will also return titles with dreaming, dreamer, dreams, etc.

·        If you are uncertain about the spelling of a word, you can use a percent sign.  Example: a search for Hon%r will display titles with both honor and honour.

Search by Keyword

You can search by a single keyword or phrase.

·        Do not use more than a single word unless it is part of a phrase.  Example: searching for “white whale” will give you Moby Dick, but searching for “moby whale” will not return results.  Quotation marks should not be entered; they are shown here to illustrate the phrase.

·        You can select which index you would like to search underneath the keyword search box with radio buttons.  Example: if you remember the character’s name from a book is “Dunstan” but cannot remember the title or author, you could select to search only the annotation index by selecting the radio button next to annotation.  It will result in only 5 books, which you can then check to see you were thinking of the book Stardust.

Search by Subject

You can search by subject.  Most of the books in our collection have been grouped by subject.  There are over 600 subjects from which you can choose.  This is a great way to browse the collection.

·        When there are many books that fit in a subject it can take longer for your search results to appear. 

·        There are specific subjects for young adults and juvenile readers.  Juvenile refers to preschool through middle school readers.  Young Adult refers to high school to early college readers.

·        For searches that have more results than you would like to browse, it will help to limit the search by media format.

Search by Series

You can search for a book series by the series title.

·        Search by typing in the title of the series you are searching for or part of the series title.  Example: Hunger Games

·        Results are separated by Media format.  Click or press enter on the “View Series” button on the row for the media that you would like to receive. 

·        After selecting view series for a selected media, another page will appear with a table with the series in the media format you chose.  One of the columns in this table will list the sequence of the book series. From this page you can use the buttons on the top to add items to your bookbag or return to the series list.

Search by Title

You can search for a book by its title.

·        When searching by title; leave out the leading article, example: a, an, the.  Example: To find the book “The Great Gatsby”, type in great gatsby.

·        Search results will show all possible endings to a title.  Example: a search for Little Prince will return both A Little Princess and The Little Prince.

·        Do not type punctuation in the title.  Example: a search for “What’s So Funny, Ketu?” will not return anything.  Instead type in Whats So Funny Ketu.

·        If you are uncertain about the spelling of the title, you can use a percent sign.   You can also type the percent sign at the beginning of a title if you know only the end.

Search by Narrator

You can search for a book by narrator name.  Use the same tips for search for a narrator as you would when searching by an author.

Search by Book Number

You can search for a book by the book number if you have it.  Example: DB49777

Advanced Search

For any type of search you can add advanced restrictors.  To access the Advanced Search options, click or press enter on Advanced Search at the bottom of the search page.  The optional restrictors will come up underneath the buttons on the bottom of the search catalog page.  Each restrictor is a dropdown selection.

Available advanced search options include:

·        Fiction/Non - options include: All, Fiction or Non-Fiction.  All is the default and will give you both fiction and non-fiction books.  Fiction will result in books that are not true stories.  Non-fiction will give you true stories/factual books.

·        Language – options include: All, Cambodian, English, French, German, Italian, Laotian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Vietnamese, Finnish, Latvian.  When you select a language, results will only show the books of the selected language.

·        Lowest Reading Level – options include: All, Pre-school, Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade, Third Grade, Fourth Grade, Fifth Grade, Sixth Grade, Seventh Grade, Eighth Grade, Ninth Grade, Young Adult, Adult.  When you select an option, results will not show reading levels below that option.  Example: if you select Fourth Grade from the dropdown, your results will not include books that are at a pre-school, kindergarten, first grade, second grade or third grade reading level but will include any books that are at a fourth grade reading level or above

·        Highest Reading Level – options include: All, Pre-school, Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade, Third Grade, Fourth Grade, Fifth Grade, Sixth Grade, Seventh Grade, Eighth Grade, Ninth Grade, Young Adult, Adult. When you select an option, results will not show reading levels above that option. Example: if you select Young Adult from the dropdown, your results will not include any books that are at an adult reading level.

·        Accept Strong Language – options include: Yes or No; this option allows you to indicate whether you would like your results to include books that contain strong language or not.

·        Accept Violence – options include: Yes or No; this option allows you to indicate whether you would like your results to include books that contain violence or not.

·        Accept Descriptions of Sex – options include: Yes or No; this option allows you to indicate whether you would like your results to include books that contain descriptions of sex or not.

Search Results

Search Results

Search results are displayed in a table with the following column headings:

·        “MEDIA” – the information in this column indicates which media format the title comes in.  Some media include: “Digital Books” that play in the digital player, “Cassette” that play on the cassette player, and “Braille” that are braille books.

·        Author – displays the author’s last name and first name.  Search results are sorted alphabetically by the author’s last name.

·        Title – Book titles that match your search terms

·        Title ID – the unique letters and numbers that identify the item. 
Tip: If you call the library to ask for a book, this number is the easiest way to identify the books you would like to request, example: DB55517 is a digital book.

·        Select – A toggle button appears at the end of each row.  The button has two statuses: “Select” and “Remove”.  When the button says “Select”, you are able to select it to add it to your bookbag.  If the button says “Remove”, you have already selected this book; choosing “Remove” will remove the item from your bookbag

The very top and bottom rows of the table are links for navigating the search results pages.  Use Next and Last to page through your search results.  Twenty books are displayed per page.

Bibliographic Details Page

You can find out additional details about a book by clicking on the title of the book in the search results.  Once you click on the link a Bibliographic page for the book appears.  You can return to the search results by using the “Back to Search Results” button that is on the details page.

The bibliographic details page includes the book number, the media the book is available in, the author, the title, the annotation and the subjects in which the book belongs.

The page includes three buttons.

·        “View Book Details” - clicking on it will lead to the page you are visiting

·        “Add Item to Bookbag” - clicking on it will add the book to your bookbag

·        “Back to Search Results” – clicking on it will lead back to your search results

The page also includes a download link for digital books.  The link will take you to the BARD page.  If you are a BARD subscriber, you can download the book.

Checkout Materials

To checkout materials you will select items from your search results, add them to your bookbag then check them out using a user id and password. 

About the Bookbag

Once you find a book that you would like to receive in your search results, you can select it and add it to your bookbag.  You can perform multiple searches, browse Talking Book topics, Braille Book Review and collect all your findings in the bookbag.  When you are ready to checkout, you can review your bookbag and checkout.

Adding Items to the Bookbag

After performing a search, you can then select books and add them to your bookbag.

1.      After you perform your search, your search results will be displayed in a table.  Each search result has its own row in the table.  At the end of each row is a toggle button that has the default status of “Select”.

2.      When you find a book listed that you would like to receive, click or press enter on the “Select” button to make your selection(s).  Once the book is selected, the button will then display “Remove”.

3.      Once you have the book(s) selected that you would like to receive, press enter or click the “Add Items to Bookbag” button that is located at the top of the search results page. 

4.      Your bookbag will now be displayed.  There are three buttons available under the login and the books you selected are listed in a table under these buttons.  The table displays which media format the book(s) are, the author, the title, the title ID, whether it will be sent now or later and a remove link.

The buttons perform the following:

·        “Send All Later”/ “Send All Now”  - this is a toggle button.  This button determines if your books will be sent out now (or as soon as available) or whether they will be sent out later and simply added to your request list. 

Clicking or pressing the enter key on the button when it says “Send All Now”, indicates you would like books sent as soon as possible.  (This button only updates the table, you must still checkout books.) 

Clicking or pressing the enter key on the button when it says “Send All Later”, indicates you would like books added to your request list.  (This button only updates the table, you must still checkout books.) 

Be sure to check the Now/Later column to check when your books will send out.

·        Checkout – use this button to check out the books you have selected.  You will need to input your User ID and Password before you check out books.

·        Back to Search Results – this button will return you to your previous search results

5.      You can now search for more items. 

Checking Out Materials

To check out books you will need to obtain your User ID and a password from the library.  Please call the library to find out your user ID and to create a password.

Once you have your User ID and password you will be able to check out books using your bookbag.

1.      Once you have searched or browsed for materials, you can click or press enter on View Bookbag in the left hand navigation.

2.      Your bookbag will now be displayed.  There are three buttons available under the login and the books you selected are listed in a table under these buttons.  The table displays which media format the book(s) are, the author, the title, the title ID, if it will be sent now or later and a remove link.

The buttons perform the following:

·        “Send All Later”/ “Send All Now”  - this is a toggle button.  This button determines if your books will be sent out now (or as soon as available) or whether they will be sent out later and simply added to your request list. 

Clicking or pressing the enter key on the button when it says “Send All Now”, indicates you would like books sent as soon as possible.  (This button only updates the table, you must still checkout books.) 

Clicking or pressing the enter key on the button when it says “Send All Later”, indicates you would like books added to your request list.  (This button only updates the table, you must still checkout books.) 

Be sure to check the Now/Later column to check when your books will send out.

·        Checkout – use this button to check out the books you have selected.  You will need to input your User ID and Password before you check out books.

·        Back to Search Results – this button will return you to your previous search results

3.      To check out books, put in your User ID and Password then click on or press enter on the Checkout button. 

Additional OPAC Features

Browse TBT

The Browse TBT link in the left navigation lets you browse the current and past issues of Talking Book Topics published by the National Library Service. 

After you select the issue you would like to browse, you can then browse the issue by the headings that are listed in Talking Book Topics.  You can then browse the books in that issue in a table.

You can select books and add them to your bookbag in the same method that you would when you select books from your search results.

Browse BBR

The Browse BBR link in the left navigation lets you browse the current and past issues of Braille Book Review published by National Library Service.

After you select the issue you would like to browse, the results will be displayed in a table.

You can select books and add them to your bookbag in the same method that you would when you select books from your search results.

Enter Book Lists

If you already know the book numbers for all the books you would like, you can use the Enter Book Lists link in the left navigation.  You can enter up to ten books at a time.  Enter the book numbers, then click or press enter on “Add Items to Bookbag.”  You can then check out books in the same method you would when you check out books from your search results.