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Finding Library Materials. Using the Text OPAC. Mrs. Engvall - Teacher Librarian John Campbell Elementary. Text OPAC. Click on the OPAC icon to open the Visual OPAC. Text OPAC. To get to the text OPAC click on the finger post in the top left corner. Text OPAC.

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finding library materials

Finding Library Materials

Using the Text OPAC

Mrs. Engvall - Teacher Librarian

John Campbell Elementary

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Text OPAC
  • Click on the OPAC icon to open the Visual OPAC
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Text OPAC
  • To get to the text OPAC click on the finger post in the top left corner
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Text OPAC
  • The text OPAC has many ways for you to find books
  • Title
  • Author
  • Subject
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Text OPAC
  • Keyword
  • Series
  • Call number
  • AR level
  • And something called MY INFO
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Text OPAC
  • Clicking this takes you back to the Visual OPAC
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Text OPAC
  • To search for something, type in the search term here
  • The search term is what you want to find
  • Remember, correct spelling makes it easier!
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Text OPAC
  • If it is an author, type in their last name.
  • For Mary Pope Osborne, type in ‘osborne’
  • And click AUTHOR
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Here is the list of authors whose last name who are close to “osborne”. Since we spelled it correctly, the author we are looking for is in the middle and highlighted.
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Text OPAC
  • If we had misspelled her name, we still could find it if we looked down the list.
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  • Make sure the correct author is highlighted (in blue) and then click Select, press the return or enter key on the keyboard, or double click on the blue line.
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Text OPAC
  • Here is part of the list of books we have in the library written by Mary Pope Osborne.
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Text OPAC
  • This indicates it is a book
  • This is the title
  • The Call Number
  • And whether it is in or out
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Text OPAC
  • Highlight the book title you want to see
  • Either double click or click select to get more information
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Text OPAC
  • Here is the summary
  • Call number
  • Availability
  • Scroll for more information
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Text OPAC
  • Accelerated Reader information
  • Subjects
    • Click on these to find other books that are similar
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  • You then get a list of SUBJECTS
  • Double click (or click select or press return or enter) for a list of these books
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Text OPAC
  • You can look further at these titles if you want more information
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Text OPAC
  • To start a new search, click and highlight the search box
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Text OPAC
  • Type in your new search term
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Text OPAC
  • And decide if it is another author, a title, or a subject and click the correct button
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Text OPAC
  • We get several ‘hits’ with Cats.
  • If you want a non fiction book, your best bet is to click here
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  • If you want a fiction book, highlight and click on the Cats-Fiction
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Text OPAC
  • You will get a similar list that you can browse and look at individual titles like before
  • Click these to move down or up in the list one title at a time
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Text OPAC
  • Keyword is useful when you only remember part of a title.
  • Type what you know here
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Text OPAC
  • And click keyword
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Text OPAC
  • If you spelled the words correctly you should find what you are looking for.
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Text OPAC
  • To find which books there are in the library in a particular series, type in the series name and click the series button
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Text OPAC
  • The name of the series should show up.
  • You can then click on it and get a list of the books
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Text OPAC
  • To find books in your AR Reading Range and Points range, click here on the AR button
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Text OPAC
  • This screen is where you to enter your Reading Range
  • And the number of points for a book
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Text OPAC
  • Click the radio button so you can enter your range
  • (If you don’t you will cause the computer to search for everything which will take a long time!)
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Text OPAC
  • You can use the pop up windows to find your beginning
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Text OPAC
  • and ending range
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  • Or you can click in each box and type in what you want
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  • Click on the radio button for the point level you want
  • And type in the point level or range of points
  • Click here or press return
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  • You will get a list sorted by call number of all the books in our library that match your range and points
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  • However, you can sort this list by any of the columns
  • Here it is sorted by Reading Level
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Text OPAC
  • This number tells you how many books are in your list
  • Highlight one you are interested in and click select
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Text OPAC
  • to find out more information.
  • Clicking close will take you back to the list
  • Don’t forget to check that call number if you want to find the book on the shelves!
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  • Don’t remember what you have checked out or when it is due back in?
  • Click on My Info
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  • Type in your barcode (student ID number or lunch number) and your last name.
  • Your last name will appear as *******
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  • This tells you what you have checked out and when it is due.
  • If you have lost it and need to pay for it, here is the price

Your name

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Text OPAC
  • Or if aren’t sure it is your copy, check the book’s barcode number
  • Click close when you are done

Your name

Teacher

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  • And be sure to click Log Out (otherwise someone else can look at your information!)
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  • Learning to use the OPAC is
    • Fun
    • Easy
    • Makes more books easily available to you
    • Allows you to be a more independent user of the library!
  • Remember to ask for help if you need it

Have Fun!

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