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OPACapalooza: the Online Public Access Catalog by clbash on GoAnimate

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Welcome, Ancilla students! This site is the portal to your learning experience for searching our catalog for the items the library owns (books, DVDs, CDs, etc.). Each section encompasses a different aspect of searching, from the very basics (how the heck do I find them?) to the very specific (I can actually renew stuff online at home?).

This page is your prep page; there are a few things you’ll need to have. First, obviously, is an Internet connection. Got that? Of course you have, or you wouldn’t be able to see this page! Let’s move on to the other requirements….

To access your personalized library account through the OPAC, you'll need:
Library barcode number--on the back of your student ID
Your last name--if you've changed your name but didn't tell a librarian, you may need your old name

To view the PowerPoint Practices, you’ll need:
Sound card, speakers or headphones if you want to use sound, though the audio elements are optional
NOTE: PowerPoint slideshow may load as an un-interactive, no audio enabled show if you don't have PowerPoint

To hear embedded audio:
MP3 player is embedded, so you should only need sound card, speakers or headphones

To watch animation:
Sound and video card, media viewer
NOTE: Mobile devices that do not have Flash will be unable to watch the animations, and animations may be slow or not load at all through dial-up connections

To view YouTube videos, you'll need:
Speakers or headphones, sound and video card
NOTE: Videos may be slow or may not load at all through dial-up connections, and there are optimum settings for YouTube videos--see explanation below.
YouTube optimal settings

For Closed Captioning, please click CC. These are HD recordings--please change 480p to 1080p. For larger screen, click the far right corner.

For survey:
The link should take you to the survey as long as you're connected to the internet

If you have everything you need, you can click here to go to the introduction page, where some basic information about online catalog searching and the module designs are described, or you can go straight to the tutorial module of your choice:

Module 1:
Module 1 Screenshot Walkthrough
Module 2:
Module 2 Screenshot Walkthrough
Module 3:
Module 3 Screenshot Walkthrough
An OPAC, or Online Public Access Catalog, is how you can find books, magazine and journal titles (not articles), DVDs, VHS recordings, CDs, and other items that the library physically owns.  You can also find eBooks from EBSCO in the catalog, too.
Subpages (1): Introduction to OPACs