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Encore Discovery Catalog

 

FAQ Encore

FAQ What is Encore?
It is a discovery tool since it lets you search a topic and refine it after the search.

FAQ Why would I use Encore?
To locate library resources (books, ebooks, videos, articles, etc)

FAQ How is Encore different from the Classic catalog?
It lets you search by keword and refine the search results using facets


FAQ How do I access journal articles from Encore?
Use the articles link on the left side (Format Facet) or the articles link at the top of the search results page

FAQ Why would I "tag" a book?
The tag feature lets you name each item from your search results

FAQ Where can I find help using Encore?

 

WorldCat-Find item in nearest library

Search for an item in libraries near you:
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Google Books

Many Google Books offer a limited preview. Pages can not be printed.




 

Classic Catalog (CardCat)

 

FAQ Classic CardCat

FAQ - What is the Classic Catalog (CardCat)?

FAQ - How can I access the Classic Catalog?

FAQ - Can I access the Classic Catalog from a computer off campus?

FAQ - Where are the items located that I find in the Classic Catalog? 

FAQ - Why would I use the Classic Catalog?

FAQ - How does the Classic Catalog differ from Encore (the search box on the library homepage)?

FAQ - Are there other features to the Classic Catalog that I might useful?

FAQ - Where can I find help using the Classic Catalog?

 

MelCat-Find items @ your local library

FAQ

  • MeLCat is a Michigan-based interlibrary loan system made up of participating Michigan libraries (compared to traditional ILL (ILLiad) that is nationwide).
    • It is better than ILL in that it permits you to request materials we cannot get through ILL (e.g., videos, CDs, etc.).
    • It is more limited than ILL since the pool of participating libraries is limited to Michigan libraries.
  • Searched directly or as an extended search from the Library online catalog, MeL Cat permits ordering materials from anywhere in the world.
    • Some MeL Cat libraries, such as our own, permits visiting patron check-out.
    • This permits you to go to a library that offers that service and check out materials on your SVSU Library card (you can return them to either the lending library or our Circulation Desk)
  • There are some limitations.
    • At this point articles may not be requested on MeL Cat.
    • Also requesting any portion of a multi-volume or multi-piece work can be challenging: each piece or volume you want can be requested only from one library at a time, and each piece or volume requires a separate MeL Cat request. P
    • lease contact the Reference Desk for assistance.

Important Help Resources

  • To track the progress of your MeLCat request use "My CardCat"
    • Problems with MeL Cat validation: Circulation Desk (989.964.4240)
    • Problems with MeL Cat requests: Interlibrary Loan (989.964.4249 or tzantow@svsu.edu)
    • Problems finding materials on MeL Cat: Reference Desk (989.964.4242)
  • Using MeL Cat
    • You can search MeLCat directly or as an extended search from CardCat by clicking on the "Search MeLCat" button
    • Once you finnd what you want you can request the item directly from the record by clicking on the “Get this for me” link
    • There must be at least one copy of the desired item with status “Available” or “Status Unknown” to make a request
  • Choose a home location (SVSU)
    • You will be prompted for your name and Library barcode.
    • If you have a problem being validated please contact the Reference Desk
  • A hold is placed for that book with participating MeL Cat libraries
    • If no other copy is available, or if the re-requesting process exceeds a maximum length of time, MeLCat cancels the request.
  • MULTI-PART ITEMS (e.g., book with CD, music scores with parts, multi-volume works) : contact the Reference Desk Each part needs to be requested separately on MeLCat
    • Single items are requested from multiple libraries, but multi-part items can only be requested from one library at a time.
    • If it fails there you need to manually request the item again from another library
  • A cancellation notice is sent if a MeL library is not able to fill the request.
    • A request may be cancelled by the user only if the status of the request is “Requested” or “Re-Requested” (i.e., before the lending library processes the request)
    • Eventually the user will have the option to have failed requests be routed to ILLiad
  • When the item arrives at the Library you will be notified by email (check "My Library Record" to make sure your email address is correct).
    • The book is automatically due 21 days from the day we receive it in the Library.
    • One renewal for 21 days is permitted but must be submitted within 7 days of the due date. Go to My MeL to request the renewal.
      • A renewal is automatic only if the lending library does not have a hold on the item
  • Return the item to the Library Circulation Desk when finished

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FAQ MeLCat

  • MeLCat is a Michigan-based interlibrary loan system made up of participating Michigan libraries (compared to traditional ILL (ILLiad) that is nationwide).
    • It is better than ILL in that it permits you to request materials we cannot get through ILL (e.g., videos, CDs, etc.).
    • It is more limited than ILL since the pool of participating libraries is limited to Michigan libraries.
  • Searched directly or as an extended search from the Library online catalog, MeL Cat permits ordering materials from anywhere in the world.
    • Some MeL Cat libraries, such as our own, permits visiting patron check-out.
    • This permits you to go to a library that offers that service and check out materials on your SVSU Library card (you can return them to either the lending library or our Circulation Desk)
  • There are some limitations.
    • At this point articles may not be requested on MeL Cat.
    • Also requesting any portion of a multi-volume or multi-piece work can be challenging: each piece or volume you want can be requested only from one library at a time, and each piece or volume requires a separate MeL Cat request. P
    • lease contact the Reference Desk for assistance.

Important Help Resources

  • To track the progress of your MeLCat request use "My CardCat"
    • Problems with MeL Cat validation: Circulation Desk (989.964.4240)
    • Problems with MeL Cat requests: Interlibrary Loan (989.964.4249 or tzantow@svsu.edu)
    • Problems finding materials on MeL Cat: Reference Desk (989.964.4242)
  • Using MeL Cat
    • You can search MeLCat directly or as an extended search from CardCat by clicking on the "Search MeLCat" button
    • Once you finnd what you want you can request the item directly from the record by clicking on the “Get this for me” link
    • There must be at least one copy of the desired item with status “Available” or “Status Unknown” to make a request
  • Choose a home location (SVSU)
    • You will be prompted for your name and Library barcode.
    • If you have a problem being validated please contact the Reference Desk
  • A hold is placed for that book with participating MeL Cat libraries
    • If no other copy is available, or if the re-requesting process exceeds a maximum length of time, MeLCat cancels the request.
  • MULTI-PART ITEMS (e.g., book with CD, music scores with parts, multi-volume works) : contact the Reference Desk Each part needs to be requested separately on MeLCat
    • Single items are requested from multiple libraries, but multi-part items can only be requested from one library at a time.
    • If it fails there you need to manually request the item again from another library
  • A cancellation notice is sent if a MeL library is not able to fill the request.
    • A request may be cancelled by the user only if the status of the request is “Requested” or “Re-Requested” (i.e., before the lending library processes the request)
    • Eventually the user will have the option to have failed requests be routed to ILLiad
  • When the item arrives at the Library you will be notified by email (check "My Library Record" to make sure your email address is correct).
    • The book is automatically due 21 days from the day we receive it in the Library.
    • One renewal for 21 days is permitted but must be submitted within 7 days of the due date. Go to My MeL to request the renewal.
      • A renewal is automatic only if the lending library does not have a hold on the item
  • Return the item to the Library Circulation Desk when finished

USEFUL LINKS

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