The Technical Library Catalogue Part 10: How to submit a request

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This blog is part of a series about the catalogue used by The Technical Library. Blogs will include information about who can access the catalogue and how to search it.

Navigate to The Technical Library’s website – www.techlibrary.co.za and click on the Library Catalogue Link on the Home Page. The screen will prompt you for your User ID and submit, and then for your password and submit.  See a previous blog to find out how become a member of The Technical Library and obtain login details.

How to submit a request

  1. Request directly one at a time
    1. by clicking on red arrow on LHS and submitting
    2. from full bibliographic record – Reserve/Request at the bottom of the record
  2. Selection from hit list – one at a time or select all – tick in square box next to number
    1. View selection
    2. Email citations
    3. Send to yourself or to Luke (luke@techlibrary.co.za)
    4. NB enter your email address so that Luke can identify who sent the request.
    5. Return to hit list
  1. Using the basket
    1. Click on green arrow on RHS
    2. Basket appears on top of screen
    3. Open basket
    4. View selection
    5. Email citations
    6. Send to yourself or to Luke (luke@techlibrary.co.za)
    7. NB enter your email address so that Luke can identify who sent the request
    8. Click on basket toggle to empty basket
    9. Click on back arrow to return to hit list.
    10. To reopen basket click on any green arrow on the RHS.

This blog is written to promote the products and services of The Technical Library. Your comments and suggestions are most welcome.

Dineo Molebatsi

dineo@techlibrary.co.za

 

20th June 2018

The Technical Library Catalogue Part 9: How to use the basket

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This blog is part of a series about the catalogue used by The Technical Library. Blogs will include information about who can access the catalogue and how to search it.

Navigate to The Technical Library’s website – www.techlibrary.co.za and click on the Library Catalogue Link on the Home Page. The screen will prompt you for your User ID and submit, and then for your password and submit.  See a previous blog to find out how become a member of The Technical Library and obtain login details.

Once you have done a search and have results that you would like to select and save

  1. Click on green arrow on the right hand side of any record
  2. Basket appears on top of screen
  3. Work through the list until you have completed your selection
  4. Open basket
  5. Remove any unwanted records by clicking on the red arrow on the right hand side of the record
  6. Click on ‘View selection’
  7. Click on ‘Email citations’
  8. Send to yourself or to Luke (luke@techlibrary.co.za)
  9. NB enter your email address so that Luke can identify who sent the request
  10. Click on basket toggle to empty basket
  11. Click on back arrow to return to hit list.
  12. To reopen basket click on any green arrow on the right hand side of any record.

This blog is written to promote the products and services of The Technical Library. Your comments and suggestions are most welcome.

Dineo Molebatsi

dineo@techlibrary.co.za

13th June 2018

The Technical Library Catalogue Part 8: How to save searches

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This blog is part of a series about the catalogue used by The Technical Library. Blogs will include information about who can access the catalogue and how to search it.

Navigate to The Technical Library’s website – www.techlibrary.co.za and click on the Library Catalogue Link on the Home Page. The screen will prompt you for your User ID and submit, and then for your password and submit.  See a previous blog to find out how become a member of The Technical Library and obtain login details.

How to save searches

  1. Click on Save search on top RHS
  2. Box will come up for you to name the search
  3. Saved in ‘Saved Searches’ under My Account tab
  4. To reopen next time, click on name of search. It will run the search again and pick up any new items added to the catalogue since you last ran the search.
  5. It does not keep any record of what was edited from the previous search.

This blog is written to promote the products and services of The Technical Library. Your comments and suggestions are most welcome.

Dineo Molebatsi

dineo@techlibrary.co.za

 

 

 

30th May 2018

The Technical Library Catalogue Part 7: How to do a journal names search

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Navigate to The Technical Library’s website – www.techlibrary.co.za and click on the Library Catalogue Link on the Home Page. The screen will prompt you for your User ID and submit, and then for your password and submit.  See a previous blog to find out how become a member of The Technical Library and obtain login details.

It is possible to search the catalogue to see a list of journal titles and periodical publications housed in the library collection. From each catalogue record it is possible to see a list of issues received of that title, as well as the holdings summary. The catalogue record also shows any changes of title that have taken place during the lifespan of the title.

Please contact Luke Ngubane should you require any articles from the journals on this list.

This blog is written to promote the products and services of The Technical Library. Your comments and suggestions are most welcome.

Dineo Molebatsi

dineo@techlibrary.co.za

23rd May 2018

The Technical Library Catalogue Part 6: How to do an advanced search

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This blog is part of a series about the catalogue used by The Technical Library. Blogs will include information about who can access the catalogue and how to search it.

Navigate to The Technical Library’s website – www.techlibrary.co.za and click on the Library Catalogue Link on the Home Page. The screen will prompt you for your User ID and submit, and then for your password and submit.  See a previous blog to find out how become a member of The Technical Library and obtain login details.

An Advanced search allows up to four different fields within a catalogue record to be searched at the same time.

The fields that can be searched simultaneously are Title, Author, Subject, Keywords, Series, Classmark or ISBN.

Example 1 Any books by Clem Sunter discussing his ‘fox’ theory:

Keyword fox = 56 hits which include authors named Fox

Author Sunter = 17 hits including all books and journal articles

Keyword fox plus Author Sunter = four books by Sunter all about the ‘fox’ theory.

Example 2 Any project management records that discuss specifically mega projects

Subject project management = 600 hits

Title mega = 69 hits

Subject  project management plus Title mega = 10 hits

 

It may be necessary to do a Subject search (see a previous blog) to determine the correct subject headings used in the thesaurus linked to the catalogue. Knowledge of specific Classmarks, Series names and ISBN numbers would be needed to search in these specific fields.

This blog is written to promote the products and services of The Technical Library. Your comments and suggestions are most welcome.

Dineo Molebatsi

dineo@techlibrary.co.za

16th May 2018

The Technical Library Catalogue Part 5: How to do a subject search

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This blog is part of a series about the catalogue used by The Technical Library. Blogs will include information about who can access the catalogue and how to search it.

Navigate to The Technical Library’s website – www.techlibrary.co.za and click on the Library Catalogue Link on the Home Page. The screen will prompt you for your User ID and submit, and then for your password and submit.  See the earlier blog to find out how become a member of The Technical Library and obtain login details.

A Subject search involves using the subject/thesaurus terms that have been assigned to the catalogue record. Use of these terms increases the accuracy of the search results. Only one subject term can be used at once. If more terms are necessary, then once thesaurus terms have been identified, use them in a Keyword search – see the earlier blog on how to do a Keyword search.

There are two steps involved in subject searching.

  1. Search for a subject term

It is possible to search the thesaurus to see if a specific term exists for example GOLD MINING, or SOLVENT EXTRACTION. If the term you search for is in the thesaurus the result will give the number of times the term has been used in the catalogue.

If the result of the term used is 0 then click on the term and you will be directed to use a preferred term, for example CHANGE MANAGEMENT use MANAGEMENT OF CHANGE.

  1. Search for the list of titles that contain a subject term

Once a search term has been identified, all titles using the term can be retrieved by unticking the box below the search box.

See the earlier blog which explains how to request items from search results.

This blog is written to promote the products and services of The Technical Library. Your comments and suggestions are most welcome.

Dineo Molebatsi

dineo@techlibrary.co.za

 

9th May 2018

The Technical Library Catalogue Part 4: How to do a keyword search

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This blog is part of a series about the catalogue used by The Technical Library. Blogs will include information about who can access the catalogue and how to search it.

Navigate to The Technical Library’s website – www.techlibrary.co.za and click on the Library Catalogue Link on the Home Page. The screen will prompt you for your User ID and submit, and then for your password and submit.  See a previous blog to find out how become a member of The Technical Library and obtain login details

On the left side of the screen, click on the Keyword tab.

You will use this search to find items where you don’t know the title. The title, subtitle, subject, abstract and author fields are searched for any keyword that is entered.

If you want to find any record that contains a phrase, for example South Africa, then type South Africa and tick Exact phrase

If you want to find any record that contains two different keywords, for example both Johannesburg and Durban, then type Johannesburg Durban and tick All of  the words (AND)

If you need two different versions of a word searched, for example Johannesburg Joburg then select Any of the words (OR)

.This blog is written to promote the products and services of The Technical Library. Your comments and suggestions are most welcome.

Dineo Molebatsi

dineo@techlibrary.co.za

3rd May 2018

The Technical Library Catalogue Part 3: How to reserve/request items

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This blog is part of a series about the catalogue used by The Technical Library. Blogs will include information about who can access the catalogue and how to search it.

  • Navigate to The Technical Library’s website – techlibrary.co.za
  • Click on the Library Catalogue Link on the Home Page.
  • The screen will prompt you for your User ID and password
  • See The Technical Library Catalogue Part 1: Obtaining a User ID and logging onto the catalogue, to find out how become a member of The Technical Library and obtain login details.

Once you have done a search there are several ways to request items from The Technical Library. You need to be logged in so that anything requested/reserved can be identified as coming from you.

Requesting/Reserving an item

  • Request directly one at a time
    1. by clicking on red arrow on LHS and submitting
    2. from full bibliographic record – Reserve/Request at the bottom of the record
  • Selection from hitlist – one at a time or select all – tick in square box next to number
    1. View selection
    2. Email citations
    3. Send to yourself or to Luke (luke@techlibrary.co.za)
    4. NB enter your email address so that Luke can identify who sent the request.
    5. Return to hitlist
  • Using the basket
  1. Click on green arrow on RHS
  2. Basket appears on top of screen
  3. Open basket
  4. View selection
  5. Email citations
  6. Send to yourself or to Luke (luke@techlibrary.co.za)
  7. NB enter your email address so that Luke can identify who sent the request
  8. Click on basket toggle to empty basket
  9. Click on back arrow to return to hitlist.
  10. To reopen basket click on any green arrow on the RHS.

Saving a search

  1. Click on Save search on top RHS
  2. Box will come up for you to name the search
  3. Saved in ‘Saved Searches’ under My Account tab
  4. To reopen next time, click on name of search. It will run the search again and pick up any new items added to the catalogue since you last ran the search. It does not keep any record of what was edited from the previous search.

Home

  1. To return to catalogue landing page.

This blog is written to promote the products and services of The Technical Library. Your comments and suggestions are most welcome.

Dineo Molebatsi

dineo@techlibrary.co.za

25th April 2018

The Technical Library Catalogue Part 2: Doing a Title/Author search

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This blog is part of a series about the catalogue used by The Technical Library. Blogs will include information about who can access the catalogue and how to search it.

Navigate to The Technical Library’s website – www.techlibrary.co.za and click on the Library Catalogue Link on the Home Page.The screen will prompt you for your User ID and submit, and then for your password and submit.  See a previous blog to find out how become a member of The Technical Library and obtain login details

On the left side of the screen, just below the heading “Home”, you will click on Title/Author under the sub-heading “Search”.

The Title/Author search functionality is limited to single search terms. For multiple words in a title or multiple authors it is easier to use the Keyword or Advanced searches.

Type any information you have – title beginning with, or author’s surname, or name of the organisation or use the wild card (*or %) to search for a word within a title.

Choose the number of hits required on the results page (5-500). Defaults to 20.

Limit/restrict the search by entering a publication date (before or after a specific year) or by a location or media type.

This blog is written to promote the products and services of The Technical Library. Your comments and suggestions are most welcome.

Dineo Molebatsi

dineo@techlibrary.co.za

18th April 2018