Head of Circulation & InterLibrary Loan
A Guide for Survival in the Information Jungle
The Library Online Catalog provides access to materials in the Alumnae Library and is also part of C/W MARS (Central and Western Massachusetts Resource Sharing).
Materials that may be located are:
The Online Catalog gives users access to:
A user can search the Online Catalog whether he or she is logged in as a user or not. If the user is logged in, he or she will be able view his or her records from all Western Massachusetts as well as individual libraries. If the user is not logged in, he or she will not be able to save searches.
Patrons must have a library card from a C/W MARS member library to be able to access his or her account in the database. If the patron already has a member library card, he or she can log in to view his or her library records online. The patron will be able to view currently checked out items, unpaid fines and bills, and pending holds, etc.
Returning members should be logged in
First time users
If the user forgets his or her PIN, he/she should report it to the library circulation desk. The librarian will delete the PIN field. The user can then go in and create a new PIN. Be ready to provide appropriate identification, to the librarian before he / she deletes the PIN.
Type keywords or search for a complete phrase by enclosing it in quotation marks ("your search words")
Example: "Binge drinking"
Example: students and alcohol
Type author's last name before first name
Example: White, Mary
Type all that you know about the exact title. Begin with the first word, and click search
Example: Computers for dummies
Example: the fighting temptations
Author and Title
Type in author's name, and text from the title (includes words from the title, contents notes, and summary notes)
Type as much as you know about the exact journal title. Note the search will indicate all types of serials, not just journals and magazines. This search will not retrieve journal articles.
Library of Congress Subject
Enter terms from LC Subject Heading in order of phrase (not recommended, use Keyword search instead)
Library of Congress Children's Subject
Enter terms from LC Children Heading in order of phrase (not recommended, use Keyword search instead)
Library of Congress Call Number
Type as much of the LC library call number. A space must be included before the date.
Example: PS 324 .B47 1998
Government Document Number
Type the government document number. Spacing, Capitalization and Punctuation is important
Example: D 1.2 :Ed 8
If you are NOT logged in:
If you are logged in:
NOTE: If all items are to be renewed, you may click on the "renew all" button
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