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Tarleton State University Libraries Unit 5
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The libraries' online catalog, iLink, contains records for all items (print, online, and audio-visual) owned by Tarleton libraries:
• books • government documents • music
• CDs • journals • newspapers
• theses • magazines • videos
• educational materials • maps • and more

However, the catalog does not contain records for articles in periodicals or chapters in books. Databases, periodical indexes, and periodical abstracts are used to locate article citations, as well as full text articles. (See Unit 6 & Unit 7).

The catalog allows online

•  retrieval of item records
-- by title, author, series, etc.
-- according to topic
-- for reserve materials
•  access to personal accounts
-- renew checkouts
-- update contact information
-- check library account status
•  access to request forms
-- interlibrary loan (ILLiad)
-- suggest a purchase
•  access to library information
-- staff directory
-- hours of operation
-- evaluation form for iLink

Information in this unit should help you learn to use the catalog effectively so your research experience is more rewarding and less frustrating.

Unit 5 components discuss and illustrate the following aspects of using Tarleton libraries' online catalog:

•  selecting options for effective use of the catalog,
•  searching the catalog to locate records for items in the libraries' collections,
•  understanding elements of a catalog record,
•  understanding Library of Congress classification and call numbers,
•  finding items in the libraries using information supplied in catalog records, and
•  knowing where to look for additional catalog features.
The last parts of this unit offer activities related to Unit 5 topics and a review.

After completing this unit, you should have strategies by which you can

•  execute effective searches in the library catalog,
•  understand catalog record information,
•  understand how Library of Congress classification and call numbers are used to organize, shelve, and locate library items,
•  use catalog records to learn information about an item,
•  use catalog record information to locate an item in the library, and
•  locate the catalog's usage instructions and special features.

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