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Encore Discovery Catalog

 

FAQ Encore

FAQ What is Encore?

FAQ Why would I use Encore?

FAQ How is Encore different from the Classic catalog?

FAQ How do I access journal articles from Encore?

FAQ Why would I "tag" a book?

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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