Just imagine... you walk into the library that contains tens of thousands of books, journals, CDs, DVDs and theses, not to mention flimsy copies of ALL-important lecture notes covering what is sure to be asked on the exam. Where do you start looking for the needle in the haystack? This is where the Cataloguing Department makes life easy!
The Cataloguing Department provides a formally organized description of each item in the library, whether in hard-copy or electronic format.
These records, which comply with internationally recognized cataloguing standards, are transferred to the OPAC public catalogue, enabling library users to identify the exact location of each item by means of its collection and call number. OPAC stands for Online Public Access Catalogue.
Click HERE to see an example of an OPAC record.
Records can be searched by title, journal title, author, subject and keyword. The advanced search option allows you to refine your query.
The catalogue is actively maintained and expanded as resources are added via the CSU.
Some cataloguing records have hypertext links which will bring you to other items in that subject area. More recently published items may have an electronic link to the full-text or abstract, or in the case of the example above, a companion website.
The library OPAC holds records for:
Books, print journals, e-journals, exam papers, theses/dissertations, audio-video items, e-books and other items in a variety of forms.
Creating a catalogue record
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