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WebCat Quick Reference Guide

 

WebCat - Shenandoah University's Online Catalog

 

Don't hesitate to ask a Reference Librarian for help in searching WebCat.  Librarians recommend PowerSearch – see section two below.

 

WebCat will help you find books, journals and magazines, recordings, scores, videotapes, and all other items owned by the University Libraries.

 

1.  Quick Search automatically searches for keywords, and you can tell it where to search - author, title, etc.

 

Keyword Searches – are the easiest to use especially if you're unsure of exactly what subject term to use, or unsure of all the words in a title, or an author's name.

 

Search Everything - automatically searches for your term (or terms) in all areas of all records

                                                when you press "Enter," or click on the "Search Everything" button. 

Examples: Virginia    (will find all records with the term Virginia)

                   Virginia and History    (will find all records with the terms Virginia AND History)

 

Title - searches for your term only in the area of each record containing titles.

Example:  Bell Tolls   (will find Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls) 

 

Author - searches for your term (in this case an author's name) only in the area of each record

               containing authors' names

Examples:  Johnson    (will find all items authored by any person named Johnson)

                     William Masters    (will find items authored only by any William Masters)

                   Masters and Johnson    (both names must appear as authors)

 

Periodical Title - searches for your term only in records which represent journals and magazines.

Virginia and History    (will find The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography,

but will not find any books, recordings, or other items with these terms in the title)

 

Having trouble finding enough information?  Use $ to request multiple word endings.  Example:

Histor$ will retrieve records using the terms History, Historic, and Historian

 

 

2.  Power Search - is recommended by librarians – look for it just below the default dialogue box.  Power Search is easy to use - it allows you to specify types of terms (author, title, keyword/phrase), use multiple terms and multiple limitations.  Feel free to see a librarian for help.  Examples:

 

Set Search Limits (scroll down to lower part of the screen) - Item Type:  Music Scores

Title:  Choral   AND 

Author:   Bach 

Will find only  Scores containing Choral in the title, and Bach as author

 

Set Search Limits (scroll down to lower part of the screen) - Item Type:  Journals and Magazines

Subject:  Physical Therapy

Will find only Journals or Magazines with Physical Therapy as a primary subject

 

Set Search Limits (scroll down to lower part of the screen) - Item Location:  Reference Area

Word or phrase:  Statistics  AND

Word or phrase:  Virginia

Will find only Reference Area materials, and both Statistics AND Virginia must appear in the

records

 

Set Search Limits (scroll down to lower part of the screen) - Item Location:  Children's Non-fict.

Word or phrase:  Animal 

Will find materials in Children's Non-fiction  which have the term Animal in the record

 

Set Search Limits (scroll down to lower part of the screen) - Item Type:  Electronic Journal

Word or phrase:  Education

Will find only electronic journals which are related to education

 

Set Search Limits (scroll down to lower part of the screen) - Library:  Smith

Language:  German

Item type:  CDs and LP Recordings

Word or phrase:  Bach

Will find only recordings in German by Bachs  housed in Smith Library

 

Having trouble finding enough information?  Use $ to request multiple word endings.  Example:

Psych$ will retrieve records using the terms Psychology, Psychological, Psychologist etc.

 

 

3.  Navigating and viewing results:

 

      Go Back - this button will always take you to the immediately previous screen

 

       Backward - available only when you have a list (like books by Hemingway), will move you up the list

 

      Forward - available only when you have a list (like books by Hemingway), will move you down the list

 

      New Search - will take you to the opening screen

 

      View - allows you to look at the full record

 

      Print/Capture - allows you to sort records by title, author, and date, then print, save to disc, or e-mail 

      the record

 

      Help - provides a short explanation of keyword, browse and other useful terms

 

 

4.  Reserve Desk - type in your instructor's name, the course name, or course number to find materials

Examples:  Wigley - then click on "Dr. Wigley" to see list of courses having reserved items

                    KIN 350 - provides a list of reserve items for Sports and Exercise Psychology

                    Sports and Exercise Psychology  - provides list of reserve items for KIN 350

 

 

5.  My Account - select this button to:

 

Renew Materials                                  View your personal library account

Change you pin number                    Change your PIN

 

 

Note:  You can link from the catalog directly to e-journals

 

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