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EN101 Library Orientation - Most Sections: 4. Finding Books and Videos on Your Topic

BOOKS, EBOOKS, VIDEOS? Use the OPAL and OhioLINK Catalogs

Part 1. ESSENTIAL SKILL - USING THE LC CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM  

      Why?  To locate needed books or "browse shelves" inside the library; to browse by LC number in the online Catalog

1.   To locate books and videos in Watson Library (and most other academic libraries), you will use the Library of Congress Classification System,  the "LC" system.  It is alphabet-based.  School and public libraries most often use the Dewey Decimal System, which is number-based.

A. What is the LC Classification System?  Click here: LC Classification   -  and then scroll down and find your current major area

B. Click to learn the basics of the LC shelving system:  http://www.usg.edu/galileo/skills/unit03/libraries03_04.phtml

Anytime you have questions about LC , please stop by to see a Watson Librarian or email us at library@wilmington.edu

 

Part 2.  ESSENTIAL SKILL - NAVIGATING THE OPAL CATALOG - Easy as ABC   

B Find the OPAL Catalog link from the Watson Library page.  Open the Watson/OPAL Catalog

C.  Locate the OhioLINK Library Catalog (includes holdings of all OhioLINK members) - http://olc1.ohiolink.edu/search/  or click on OhioLINK Library Catalog from the OPAL Advanced Search page and review the following:

      For Keyword search, click on and then read over the Search Examples.

      For Title search, click on and then read over the Search Examples.

      For Author search, click on and then read over the Search Examples.

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OK, SO HOW DO I REQUEST A BOOK OR DVD FROM ANOTHER LIBRARY?

To REQUEST a book or DVD in OhioLINK, use one of the green "Request" buttons.   In OPAL, use the GRAY request button.  Once you find an item in the Catalog that you want, click REQUEST, then choose Wilmington as your institution. Enter your name and barcode number.  YOUR BARCODE NUMBER IS 000 + your student ID number (example -- 0001234546 - must be 9 digits total).   It will take about 3 to 5 days to bring in an item from another OhioLINK library to the Watson Circulation Desk.   

 

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