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The Basics of Using ValCat

PLEASE SCROLL DOWN THE PAGE

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Step 1:

Type the subject in the "Subject Keyword"  OR "Any Keyword (s)" box.

Click on the green "GO" button or press the "Enter" key AFTER you make a couple more selections on the main screen, as seen in STEP 2 and STEP 3.

ValCat Basics Tutorial

Please NOTE that limiting results works ONLY with KEYWORD searches. If you want to find an author, subject, or title within Delta College Library only, you have to type the author, title, or subject in the "KEYWORD" boxes, such as "Author Keyword", "Subject Keyword", or "Title Keyword."

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Step 2:

You can choose to find books that are located at Delta College Library by clicking on "This Location (Delta)" in order to highlight this selection.

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Step 3:

Many instructors would like the most recent publications, such as books published within the last five years. Click on the down arrow to click on "Publication date." This selection will tell ValCat to present the most recent publications at the top of the book list.

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Step 4:

NOW, CLICK ON THE GREEN "GO" BUTTON AND VALCAT WILL SEARCH FOR THE BOOKS. 

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Step 5:

ValCat found 83 items within Delta Library that have something to do with alcoholism.

Scroll down through the list in order to click on the highlighted title of your choice. When you click on the title, you will be given a bibliographic record with the all important call number.

ValCat Basics Tutorial

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Step 6:

After scrolling down the list, number nine looks interesting. Click on the highlighted title "Alcohol: opposing viewpoints" in order to obtain the call number.

 

ValCat Basics Tutorial

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Step 7:

This is a typical record for online catalogs. Often, you need to scroll down the record in order to find the call number for the item.

ValCat Basics Tutorial

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Last updated: 10/8/2012 


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