School of Information Management & Systems. Fall 2000.
Infosys 142 Access to American cultural heritages.
Exercise 4: MELVYL's other databases.
Due Sept 28.
The purpose of this exercise is two-fold: (1) To learn about MELVYL's
facility; and (2) To assure minimal familiarity with databases provided by the
California Digital Library ("MELVYL") other
than the MELVYL CATALOG.
This exercise is designed for use at campus library
terminals or by telnetting into MELVYL (not GLADIS!).
MELVYL has extensive provision for "explaining" itself.
Enter MELVYL. Try EXPLAIN EXPLAIN
A Glossary lists "explained" words.
Try EXPLAIN GLOSSARY Scan the screens.
Try EXPLAIN [term] for a term of your choice. What term?
Does the explanation seem adequate?
Several databases are available in addition to the
MELVYL CATALOG -- and also provision for using
MELVYL to access databases elsewhere.
Increasingly these other databases include
an "abstract" (summary) and/or the entire text of the document
as well as bibliographic record.
Try EXPLAIN DATABASES or E DB for short.
Enter START Enter ALPHA and scroll down the list
to get an idea of the range of choices.
Enter MAGS (If lost SET DB MAGS)
Enter HELP MAGS or EXPLAIN MAGS
Note that F KW (Find KeyWord, not available in the CATALOG) searches in both titles
and subject headings
for the word(s) specified, essentially the sum of F TW
and F SW
Do F KW TAKAKI MIRROR for reviews of
a book that many of you just read. MAGS gives a letter grade
reflecting the reviewer's evaluation. To see them use D LONG
or D NOTES Some reviewers did not give this book an A grade.
What are they complaining about? To find out use
D NOTES ABS
TEXT [and optionally number(s)]
Briefly explain one.
Do START, pick some other database inside the MELVYL system (but not CAT
using SET DB [whatever] and do a search of
interest to yourself.
What database did you choose?
What did you search for?
Print out or make a brief note of a record you found.
MELVYL also supports use of selected databases elsewhere, outside the MELVYL
system. Try EXPLAIN USE
Databases elsewhere have commands that may differ from MELVYL's
but they tend to intelligible and generally respond to HELP or ?
Try ERIC, a database of education literature at Stanford.
Do EXPLAIN ERIC then USE ERIC
When you reach ERIC enter HELP Read what it says, then
Try F SU BLACK ACHIEVEMENT HERITAGE
Look for items that appear to discuss cultural heritage and self-image in
To display a full record (like D LONG), use DF [e.g., DF 2]
Explain any one briefly.
Try some other search in ERIC for something relevant to this course.
What did you find?
To return to MELVYL use LOGOUT
[OPTIONAL] Try some recreational searching.