School of Information Management & Systems.
290-1   Design of Library Services. Buckland. Spring 1999.

Exercise 1:   Using the MELVYL catalog.   Due Feb 5.

The purpose of this exercise is to assure minimal skill in searching the library catalog. Use the MELVYL CATALOG database (the default), not MELVYL TEN, which has the last TEN years' books only, TEN, not the web-version of MELVYL and not GLADIS.

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 me to recognize what you found.

F   ISBN   0-08-035755-5   (Find International Standard Book No., an ID number for books.)

F   LCCN   88-17864   (Find Library of Congress Control Number, i.e. catalog record no.)

F   PA   BUCKLAND,   MICHAEL   K   (Personal Author search) Scan using   D   REV   then   D   10   LONG   (D   or   D   LONG   without a number would start with the first one).

F   XT   PRINTING   TRANSFORMS   KNOWLEDGE   (Search on the eXact Title. Initial "A" or "THE" unnecessary.)

F   TW   KNOWLEDGE   TRANSFORMS   PRINTING   (Search using Title Words in any order.) then   D   MARC   and look for section 520, What is it about?

(Search by a publisher's SEries in which an item has been issued).

What was that James Burke video we saw in class?  
Try   F   PA   BURKE,   JAMES   How many?
Try a narrower search   F   PA   BURKE, JAMES   AND   FORM   VIDEO   How many?
Now an "add on" an AND command:   AND   TW   PRINTING   Found it?
(A "Boolean" search combining a Personal Author with FORM of publication and then a Title Word.)

Any new books recently on new technology in libraries?
F   XSU   LIBRARY   SCIENCE  -- TECHNOLOGICAL   INNOVATIONS   AND   DATE   CURRENT   (Using the eXact SUbject heading and date "current" [= last three years].)   Look over the books found by Displaying them.
Want a record of your discovery? Send one of them home! Use the following command, substitute any number and your own full e-mail address:
Try MAIL   9   LONG   TO   Did it arrive?
"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   PREJUDICES   AND   ANTIP#

Use F   SU   to search for words within subject headings. Think of a foreign country (or a U.S. state) and try   F   SU   LIBRARIES   [Name of country or state]   Try   D   TI   SU   which Displays TItles and SUbject headings only and is 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?

Advanced searching: Try   F   ISBN   0080357547   Is the same as the first item above?
Can you explain the difference in numbers? Hint do   D   MARC   with each search before answering.