2. Ordering books through
What does the Online catalog contain?
The on-line catalog provides access to the Library's
collection of approximately 35,000 books, periodicals and
audio-visual titles. These resources may be used to find
information for assignments or general interest. You can
also access materials from the Metro-Boston Library
Network (MBLN) from this portal.
Where can I access the Online catalog?
To search the Library's online catalog, from the
main library page, choose the Electronic Resources option
and then choose Online
Catalog. This can be done at any Library computer,
any other computer on the RCC campus, or from your home
computer by reaching the Library's web page at http://www.rcc.mass.edu/lib
There are several Search options: (Tabs on top
of navigation bar)
Basic: Basic search lets you search your
library's catalog by a author, title, or keyword.
To do a Basic search:
- Click the Search tab.
- Choose the search index you want to use from the Search
- Enter the search term that you want to use in the Search
- Click Go
Tip: You can also search for items using a "wildcard"
symbol or a truncation symbol. This is useful if you do
not know the exact term for which you want to search. (For
example, you may not know how to spell an author's name.)
The wildcard symbol represents a group of unknown characters
in addition to those in your search criteria. You use the
asterisk ( * ) for the wildcard. (For example, if you enter
"man*" for an Author Keyword search, Information
Portal displays titles by authors named "Mansen,"
"Mandell," "Manhattan," and so forth.)
The truncation symbol represents a single character in
addition to those in your search criteria. You use the question
mark ( ? ) for truncation. (For example, if you enter "man?"
for an Author Keyword search, Information Portal displays
titles by authors named "Man," "Mang,"
"Mann," "Mans," and so forth.)
To search for an item:
1. Type a Title / Keyword or Author that describes
the item you want to find.
2. Select one of the pull-down Search For options and press
the GO key
to start your search
Title Keyword(s): Omit
leading articles a, an, the.
by word or phrase
by Last Name, First Name or Author/Name keyword
Omit leading articles a, an, the.
Look for items on a topic. To look for items about a person,
enter last name first.
Search by series name.
Search by book or periodical number.
For example, we can search for books about nursing by typing
the word "pediatric nursing" in the Search For
Field using the Title Keyword option. See Fig. 1.
When we hit GO, the first screen of results is shown in Fig.
Notice the Search Results: words or phrase "pediatric
nursing" search found 29 titles. This means that Horizon
found 29 titles using a Words or Phrase search using the term
"pediatric nursing." In the online display, you
can scroll down to get the first ten entries. You get more
results by selecting Next, which, on this screen, is below
the last result.
Notice that each entry shows the following information:
||Collection (where it is in the library)
||Type (loan period)
Where it is:
Look at entry #1 in Fig. 2
above: "Oversize." This means that RCC Library
owns 1 copy of the book and it is available to be taken
out because it is on shelf in the Oversize collection.
Here is a list of the different Locations in the Library,
where they are and the circulation rules for each:
|This includes most of the books in the
Library. Located on the first floor in shelving along
the back wall. Can be taken out.
||On the first floor on shelving nearer the windows
with signs that say Reference. Must be used in the Library.
||Books too big for normal shelving. Located at the
end of the Stacks books, all the way to the right. Can
be taken out.
Children's books on the first floor. Can be taken out.
||Required books for courses located behind the Circulation
Desk With few exceptions, must be used in the Library.
||Books about careers and job-hunting opposite the Circulation
Desk. Most can be taken out. Those marked Career Reference
must be used in the Library
||The Library's collection of videos on the first floor.
Do not circulate to students but may be viewed in the
Library. Ask at the Circulation Desk to borrow a video
player and headphones. Faculty members may borrow videos
for classroom showings.
If someone has checked out a book, its Copy Availability
Status will say: "Due" with an estimate of when
the book will be back based on the due date of the book.
If you wish to place a hold on a book which is being use,
inquire at the Circulation Desk or do it online by clicking
the "Hold this for me" Icon at the bottom right
of the item screen.
From the screen shown in Fig.
2, you may get more information about a
book by clicking on title of the book or the "Show
details" to the right. Fig.
3 shows the Full Details screen for record
#1 on the screen in Fig. 2.
The Full Details screen shows the complete catalog record
for a book including subject headings. Sometimes a picture
of the cover, a summary and a book review are also included.
Other types of searches:
|| Allows for boolean searching, searching
by MBLN location, format and language.
||Search of DVD's, music and videos.
||Search for books on reserve by class title, number
How to order books through the MBLN network:
- Search for book in the online catalog. (remember, the
catalog defaults to just items RCC owns, if you want to
search the whole MBLN network, click on the"MBLN
Online catalog" located on the top left of the web
page or select "limit by" and click on "all
locations" in the pull down menu on the results page).
- Click on "Hold this for me" button in lower
right corner. Fig. 4
- Enter Library barcode number and Pin#. Fig.
- Request confirmation screen is shown. Here you can view
the queue position ( place in line for item) and a pull
down menu shows all the locations you can have the book
delivered to, RCC is the default location. Fig.
- The items that you ordered, if available, should be
sent out in a couple of days. You should plan on ordering
item at least a week before you need them.