The Library’s Catalog is Temporarily Down! NOW What Do I Do?

THE CATALOG IS WORKING AGAIN, AS OF NOON THURSDAY. PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEMS WITH IT. SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE.

Occasionally the computer system that drives the library’s catalog does not work (generally for temporary maintenance or upgrades), but don’t panic! There are a few tricks you can use to work around this problem. These solutions are not by any means as good as using the catalog, but definitely better than nothing. And CALL US (the Reference Desk) at 282-3152 – we can help!

How to use WorldCat to Find Books in the Oboler Library

· From the Library’s Home Page: http://www.isu.edu/library/ choose “Find Books” under the Research & Resources link.
· Click on WorldCat. (WorldCat is a huge catalog which contains the information from many library catalogs, including our own.)
· Choose the option at the bottom of the page, “Jump to Advanced Search.”
· Choose WorldCat from the very short pull-down menu (the box reads “Select a Database to Search”).
· Towards the bottom of the page, you’ll see “Limit Availability To” with a check box labeled “Items in my library (ONB, Idaho State Univ. Libr).”
· Check this box and go ahead with your search. Your results should be for books in the Oboler Library.

A few things to note:
· This system does not in any way indicate where in the library the book might be, or if it is available.
· The call number you’ll find in the item’s record is a general-use one, not the particular call number which we have assigned here. Often it is a very brief call number. This gives you the opportunity to browse our shelves for the item you’re looking for. One benefit is that you might find some books you didn’t know you needed!

Use the Periodical Holdings List (at the Reference Desk) to find call numbers for Journals

· To locate journal articles, the A-Z Journal List (available as a “Library Quick Link” below the photograph of the library, on the library web page) should still be working, except the “Check ELI (Library Catalog)” option, so if it’s available electronically, you should still be able access it.
· However, if an article you seek is not available via an electronic source (database, etc.), you may need to ask for help at the library’s Reference Desk (1st Floor), where an old, but still useful, printed list of periodicals is available.
· This will tell you if we subscribed to a particular journal prior to 1998, which issues we had at that time, and the CALL NUMBER for the journal. The call number will indicate where in the Periodicals collection (3rd Floor) you can look for the article you need.

Neither of these “work arounds” is fool-proof, but should prove somewhat helpful.

We apologize for the inconvenience. Please ask for help at the Reference Desk, call us at 282-3152, or use the “Ask A Librarian” web form on the library home page. Thank you.

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