---------------How to Access Electronic Information---------------
Exact Word Searching
Exact word searching recognizes characters from left to right.
The system seeks an exact match. Therefore, a search for
Blue Jays uniforms will only retrieve the exact words
Blue Jays uniforms - it will not retrieve Blue Jay's unicorns.
There is no forgiveness - check your spelling! And watch for differences in spelling conventions----Canadian vs US or British.
Many opacs offer a truncation option. This allows you to broaden your search. For example, a search for refer? will retrieve reference, cross reference, personal reference, referrals, and so on.
OPACs can provide access to information about community activities and services.
Some libraries offer this service.
Gateways are paths to other sources of information. Some libraries offer connections to computer networks such as freenets. A freenet isa community-based computer network made available at either no cost, or nominal cost (that is, a basic membership charge) to residents and visitors by dedicated volunteers and public-spirited sponsors. Freenets provide community information and bulletin-board services. In addition they provide access to the Information Highway or the Internet.
Many libraries offer remote access to their opacs through personal computers if you have a modem. From home you can browse the collection, place a reserve or hold on a book, or cheek your personal record for overdue books, fines and so on.
Magazines and Journals
Magazines and journals may appear in the main catalogue. For additional information about the subjects covered in the journal, or to get the full text of an article, check to see if the library has the journal available. For certain uses there will be a copyright fee. This fee may be covered by the library.
Information NOT in the OPAC
Not everything the library holds is in the catalogue. If you can't find it, ask.
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