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Services & Reference Assistant -Training LibGuide: Finding Electronic Materials

This is an online training guide to help new and returning student workers become more familiar with what to do when working at the Services and/or Reference Desk

Finding E-Journals

  1. Go to the library's website library.uno.edu , turn the second monitor so that the patron can see the steps you are performing to find the material
  2. Go to the Quick Search box located on the left side of the page and select the "EJournals" tab
  3. Based on the reference interview you performed with the patron enter the appropriate keyword(s). For example a professor is looking for the journal Nano Ethics. Enter the title "Nano Ethics" into the search box.
  4. If the journal is found, the title of the journal will be listed at the top with a link to the journal and related information underneath
  5. Click on the provided link underneath the title to access the journal

Understanding the Parts of the Online Catalog for Electronic Materials

Parts of the catalog for electronic material...

Results Page

URL=  the link for the actual item

AVAILABLE ONLINE = electronic material

Item  Details Page

UNO Library = call number

Material = what type of item and sometimes checkout capabilities

Shelf Location = Where to find it and whether or not it is available

Power Search (Advance Search)

With Power Search the options you are most likely to need are material type and sort by. Explore the options below.

 

What you should be able to do. . .

  •  Operate the catalog to identify library materials for patrons.
  • Find library materials on the shelf 

Using the Online Catalog to Find E-Books

  1. Go to the library's website library.uno.edu , turn the second monitor so that the patron can see the steps you are performing to find the material
  2. Go to the Quick Search box located on the left side of the page and select the "Catalog" tab
  3. Based on the reference interview you performed with the patron enter the appropriate keyword(s). For example a student is looking for books on sports medicine. Enter the keyword "sports medicine" into the search box. Based on this example, the user is trying to find information on a topic make sure the option of "word or phrase" is selected.
  4. Click the "Search" button
  5. After clicking the "Search" button you are directed to the online catalog
  6. Search results will be listed based on keyword relevancy. Allow the patron to see the results, doing so will allow you and the patron to assess the information
  7. Electronic materials are identified by the phrase AVAILABLE ONLINE and/or the phrase [electronic resource]
  8. For each result you will see the title in blue, and availablity information in black underneath the title. For e-books results you will have additional information including the publication date and a URL link
  9. If based on the results the patron is pleased with the selection identify the items the patron would like. If not please review the box Advance Searching in the Online Catalog
  10. Be sure that the title information is written or recorded by the patron

Advance Searching in the Online Catalog

  1. The advance search options are located at the bottom of the results page or you can get to the advance search option at the link at the top of the page "Search/Home"
  2. Use advance search options when you need to refine, limit or perform a different search based on a patron's original informational need. For example, when searching for books on sports medicine there are 356 titles available, but on the results page you find that all of the results are electronic or online. The patron wants books available in print.
  3. With the available options go to "material type" and select "Book"
  4. Click the Search button
  5. A new results page will show a smaller number of result and these results will only be books in print

There are a variety of advance search options available, but as a student worker you will probably only use a few. To explore the different advance search options read the box Understanding the Parts of the Catalog.