Successful Search Methods:
There are 4 tools to use in searching for items


There are 4 tools to use in searching for items.

1. OPAC Computerized Search is available on the patron’s computer located by the Library entrance door. This computer is for all patrons of the Library. It does not contain any identifiable patron information and it always has full backup on the mail computer. No password is needed. You can’t damage or delete the program or the information!

·      OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog) How to search library’s collection with speed and ease! OPAC permits user to search circulation easily and quickly.

HINTS IN USING OPAC: If the screen message says LOCKED (that doesn’t mean a thing) just click and the page opens. The computer remains on unless someone has decided it is best to turn it off! If so and you need directions for turning on a computer, just follow instructions posted by the computer.

·      Open Screen by clicking mouse

·      Find the OPAC icon and word OPAC and click to open

·      OPAC will show options for your SEARCH (Power Search, Expert Search, Simple Search, Study  Program Search)

·      Select your option

·      This opens the dialog box that allows you to search the appropriate field, i.e. Author, Title or Subject

·      Fill in the data for your request and click search

2. Card Catalog (located on the short book stack in the center of the Main Circulation Room) will also provide you with the Dewey Decimal Classification number that can help  you go to shelves and browse the section. The catalog cards are filed by Subject, Author, and Title. There is a minor variation in the filing of these cards which have cards filed under one of Trinity’s 4 categories: Children, Youth, Young Adult, and Adult.


3.   Accession or Shelf Notebook is available for manually looking up the item. The Library  Notebook is kept at the check-out desk.


4.   Book Stacks are Numbered to Locate Classifications: You can “look and find” an item or a series of items within a class by locating the stack (numbers located at top of stack)  according to the classes/ numbers you are interested in finding! (See listing under Resources 10 Main Classes).

Last Published: August 7, 2011 1:21 PM