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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
Cochrane, Pauline A. – 1982
A listing is presented of 17 documents in the ERIC database concerning the Online Catalog (sometimes referred to as OPAC or Online Public Access Catalog), a computer-based and supported library catalog designed for patron use. The database usually represents recent acquisitions and often contains information about books on order and items in…
Descriptors: Library Catalogs, Library Services, Online Systems, Reference Services
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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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Li, Yiu-On; Leung, Shirley W. – Library Resources & Technical Services, 2001
Discussion of aggregator databases focuses on a project at the Hong Kong Baptist University library to integrate full-text electronic journal titles from three unstable aggregator databases into its online public access catalog (OPAC). Explains the development of the electronic journal computer program (EJCOP) to generate MARC records for…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Cataloging, Computer Software Development, Databases
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Ensor, Pat – Information Technology and Libraries, 1992
Discussion of keyword and Boolean searching techniques in online public access catalogs (OPACs) focuses on a study conducted at Indiana State University that examined users' attitudes toward searching on NOTIS (Northwestern Online Total Integrated System). Relevant literature is reviewed, and implications for library instruction are suggested. (17…
Descriptors: College Libraries, Higher Education, Library Catalogs, Library Instruction
Kalin, Sally W. – Proceedings of the ASIS Annual Meeting, 1991
Describes a study that was conducted to determine whether the searching behavior of remote users of LIAS (Library Information Access System), Pennsylvania State University's online public access catalog (OPAC), differed from those using the OPAC within the library. Differences in search strategies and in user satisfaction are discussed. (eight…
Descriptors: College Libraries, Comparative Analysis, Higher Education, Library Catalogs
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Yee, Martha M.; Soto, Raymond – Information Technology and Libraries, 1991
Describes a survey of reference librarians in libraries with online public access catalogs that was conducted to determine what types of searches patrons would use to look for names of fictional characters. Name, subject, and author indexes are discussed, and implications for cataloging using the MARC format are suggested. (10 references) (LRW)
Descriptors: Cataloging, Characterization, Fiction, Indexing
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Aanonson, John – Online Review, 1987
Compares features of online public access catalogs (OPACs) at six British universities: (1) Cambridge; (2) Hull; (3) Newcastle; (4) Surrey; (5) Sussex; and (6) York. Results of keyword subject searches on two topics performed on each of the OPACs are reported and compared. Six references are listed. (MES)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Comparative Analysis, Developed Nations, Foreign Countries
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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
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Matthews, Joseph R. – Information Services & Use, 1994
Describes the Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) and the inclusion of abstracting and indexing industry databases in OPACs. Topics addressed include the implications of including abstracting and indexing tape and CD-ROM products in OPACs; the need for standards allowing library systems to communicate with dissimilar CD-ROM products; and computer,…
Descriptors: Abstracting, Bibliographic Databases, Business, Computer Networks
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Rice, James – RSR Reference Services Review, 1988
Describes a study that assessed the availability and use of microcomputer database management interfaces to online public access catalogs. The software capabilities needed to effect such an interface are identified, and available software packages are evaluated by these criteria. A directory of software vendors is provided. (4 notes with…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Computer Software Reviews, Database Management Systems, Information Retrieval
Hert, Carol A.; Nilan, Michael S. – Proceedings of the ASIS Annual Meeting, 1991
Presents preliminary data that characterizes the relationship between what users say they are trying to accomplish when using an online public access catalog (OPAC) and their perceptions of what input to give the system. Human-machine interaction is discussed, and appropriate methods for evaluating information retrieval systems are considered. (18…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education, Information Retrieval
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Sandler, Mark – RQ, 1985
Discusses several concerns about nature of online public access catalogs (OPAC) that have particular import to reference librarians: user passivity and loss of control growing out of "human-machine interface" and the larger social context; and the tendency of computerized bibliographic systems to obfuscate human origins of library…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Display Systems, Higher Education, Information Systems
Solomon, Paul – School Library Media Quarterly, 1994
Examines elementary school students' use of an online public access catalog to investigate the interaction between children, technology, curriculum, instruction, and learning. Highlights include patterns of successes and breakdowns; search strategies; instructional approaches and childrens' interests; structure of interaction; search terms; and…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Childhood Interests, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students
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Klein, Gary M. – Library Hi Tech, 1994
Online public access catalogs from 67 libraries using NOTIS software were searched using Internet connections to determine the positional operators selected as the default keyword operator on each catalog. Results indicate the lack of a processing standard for keyword searches. Five tables provide information. (Author/AEF)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Computer Networks, Computer Software, Information Retrieval
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