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Moore, Kate B.; Greene, Courtney – Journal of Web Librarianship, 2012
Within the next few years, traditional online public access catalogs will be replaced by more robust and interconnected discovery layers that can serve as primary public interfaces to simultaneously search many separate collections of resources. Librarians have envisioned this type of discovery tool since the 1980s, and research shows that…
Descriptors: Libraries, Online Catalogs, Computer Interfaces, Discovery Processes
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Kalin, Sally W. – RQ, 1991
Discusses the needs of remote users of online public access catalogs (OPACs). User expectations are discussed; problems encountered by remote-access users are examined, including technical problems and searching problems; support services are described, including instruction, print guides, and online help; and differences from the needs of…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Library Catalogs, Library Instruction, Library Services
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Yee, Martha M. – Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 1991
Discusses features of online public access catalogs: (1) demonstration of relationships between records; (2) provision of entry vocabularies; (3) arrangement of multiple entries on the screen; (4) provision of access points; (5) display of single records; and (6) division of catalogs into separate files or indexes. User studies and other research…
Descriptors: Cataloging, Computer Software, Computer System Design, Indexing
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Gilmore, Matthew B. – Library Trends, 1988
Looks at the use of online public access catalogs, the utility of subject and call-number searching, and possible archival applications. The Wallace Archives at the Claremont Colleges is used as an example of the availability of bibliographic descriptions of multiformat archival materials through the library catalog. Sample records and searches…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Access to Information, Archives, Higher Education
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Seymour, Sharon – Library and Information Science Research, 1991
Review of research methodologies used in studies of online public access catalog (OPAC) users finds that a variety of research methodologies--e.g., surveys, transaction log analysis, interviews--have been used with varying degrees of expertise. It is concluded that poor research methodology resulting from limited training and resources limits the…
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Library Research, Online Catalogs, Research Design
Rockman, Ilene F.; Adalian, Paul T., Jr. – 1987
This report is designed to raise issues and concerns which will affect the successful implementation of an education and training program once an online public access catalog (OLPAC) has been installed in the Kennedy Library at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo. Information presented in the document was gathered…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Costs, Higher Education, Instructional Materials
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Su, Shiao-Feng – Library Quarterly, 1994
Traces the development of online public access catalogs (OPACs) and compares what has occurred with a 1964 article that outlined recommendations for a future card catalog. Subject access is emphasized, including Library of Congress Subject Headings, expansion of OPACs, user-friendly interfaces, new technologies, and current visions of the future…
Descriptors: Futures (of Society), Library Catalogs, Online Catalogs, Subject Index Terms
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Khoo, Christopher S. G.; Poo, Danny C. C. – Information Processing and Management, 1994
Reviews methods to improve online catalogs for subject searching and describes the design of an expert system front-end to improve subject access in online public access catalogs that focuses on search strategies. Implementation of a prototype system at the National University of Singapore is described, and reformulation strategies are discussed.…
Descriptors: Expert Systems, Higher Education, Library Catalogs, Literature Reviews
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White, Frank – Library Software Review, 1994
Discussion of online help systems in online public access catalogs (OPACs) focuses on a study that evaluated the online help system for the NOTIS (Northwestern Online Total Integrated System) OPAC. Features of the system reviewed include online functions; training features; general interface features; access points; and message content and display…
Descriptors: Computer Software Evaluation, Library Catalogs, Online Catalogs, Search Strategies
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Hawks, Carol Pitts – Library Resources and Technical Services, 1992
Discussion of integrated library systems focuses on the development of the Ohio Library and Information Network (OhioLINK). Capabilities of eight existing systems are described, including catalog creation and maintenance; the online public access catalog (OPAC); circulation, interlibrary loan, and document delivery; acquisitions and serials…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Cataloging, Comparative Analysis, Computer Networks
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Marchionini, Gary; Komlodi, Anita – Annual Review of Information Science and Technology (ARIST), 1998
Examines the current state of user interface design for information seeking. Topics include technology push and interdisciplinarity; research and development; literature trends; user-centered interface design; information seeking in electronic environments; online information retrieval system interfaces; online public access catalog interfaces;…
Descriptors: Computer Interfaces, Computer System Design, Futures (of Society), Information Retrieval
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Wiberley, Stephen E., Jr.; Daugherty, Robert Allen – College and Research Libraries, 1988
This review of the literature on the effect of information overload on users' information-seeking behavior focuses on librarians' opinions about the number of references that constitute too many, and users' preferences for maximum numbers of references from online searches, online public access catalog postings, and manual indexes. (35 references)…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Indexes, Information Seeking, Information Systems
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Shaw, Debora – Annual Review of Information Science and Technology, 1991
Discusses the human-computer interface as it relates to information technology and retrieval. Principles of interface design are examined, including visual display features and help messages; information retrieval applications are described, including online searching, CD-ROM, online public access catalogs (OPACs), and full-text databases; and…
Descriptors: Computer System Design, Evaluation Criteria, Full Text Databases, Guidelines
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Beheshti, Jamshid – Information Technology and Libraries, 1992
Discusses methods of browsing in online public access catalogs (OPACs) and describes one method that uses information pertaining to the physical description of books from MARC records to simulate images of books on a library shelf. Electronic browsing through MARC is discussed, and methods of enhancing OPACs are reviewed. (51 references) (LRW)
Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Information Retrieval, Library Catalogs, Online Catalogs
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Allen, Bryce – Library Quarterly, 1991
Describes research using students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that investigated the ways in which different levels of knowledge about a topic can affect search strategies in an online public access catalog. Previous research is reviewed, and implications for information intermediaries and designers of information retrieval…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Analysis of Variance, Higher Education, Hypothesis Testing
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