School of Information Management & Systems.
142 Access to American Cultural Heritages.
Buckland. Fall 2000.
Exercise 1: Using the MELVYL catalog. Due Sept 14.
The purpose of this exercise is to assure minimal skill in
searching the library catalog.
Use the "command" (telnet) MELVYL CATALOG database (the default in campus
libraries), not the Web version of MELVYL and not GLADIS, an online
catalog of several Berkeley campus libraries.
A record is displayed
automatically if only one is found.
The command D [for DISPLAY] is needed when two or more have been found,
e.g. D[space]4 means Display the 4th record.
D[ISPLAY] REV[IEW] -- one or two lines for scanning several items.
D[ISPLAY] -- brief (or "short") display, the default.
D[ISPLAY] LONG -- includes more information in a convenient format.
D[ISPLAY] MARC -- MELVYL's version of the full underlying "MARC" record.
What do the following find? Write down just enough for us recognize
what you found.
F ISBN 0316831123 (Find International Standard Book No.,
a publisher's ID number for books.)
F LCCN 92-33491 (Find Library of Congress Control Number,
i.e. catalog record no.)
F PA SOWELL, THOMAS
(Personal Author search) Scan using D REV
then D 21 LONG
(D or D LONG without
a number would start
with the first one).
F XT   DIFFERENT MIRROR (Search on the eXact Title.
Initial "A" or "THE" unnecessary.)
F TW OURSELVES MUSEUMS
(Search using Title Words in any order.) then look at the details of the
D 1 MARC and scroll down to look in section 505,
a table of contents. What is the first item listed in section 505?
F SE NEW RESEARCH IN MUSEUM
(Search by a publisher's SEries in which a book has been issued).
Later we'll have a video in class on "degenerate art".
Look for it:
F TW DEGENERATE AND FORM VIDEO
(A "Boolean" search combining a
Title Word with FORM of publication.)
Do D LONG to find out what it is about.
F XSU UNITED STATES CULTURAL POLICY
AND DATE CURRENT
(Using the eXact SUbject heading and date "current"
[= last three years].)
Look over the books found by Displaying them. If you had time to read one of them
which one woudl you choose?
"EXact" searches, e.g. XSU and XT,
assume truncation. You must start the title correctly
but you don't have to put all of the words in.
A word can be truncated with #
try F XT ETHNIC AMERIC#
then D REV
Use F SU to search for words within subject headings.
Try F SU MINORITIES IDAHO
Think of a foreign country (or a U.S. state) and try
F SU MINORITIES
[Name of country or state]
D TI SU which
Displays TItles and SUbject headings only
convenient not only for scanning retrieved sets but also
for becoming familiar
with the the subject headings being used. Briefly, what did you
look for and what did you find?