Monday, December 13, 2004

Tips for Using CUNY+

Eric and Mike demonstrated some advanced search features of CUNY+ at today's IS division meeting. I'd like to share some of them here:
--If searching for books in a foreign language, do your search for author or title and then use "Filter" by "Text in Field". Enter the language code which is usually the first three letters, eg, FRE, ITA, GER, but JPN not JAP.
--Note that supressed or deleted titles, like the books in our Reading Room, will show up in the CUNY Union catalog but not when searching Baruch. To see an example of this, search for the title "To the Hilt."
--When a Periodical record shows the note "Please Check Shelf" that does not mean we don't own the title but only that the journal issues do not have barcodes. This applys to all titles acquired previous to 1990, the year we first started using barcodes.
--The holdings record for periodicals shows the dates of the bound volume holdings. Students must scroll down to see which current issues are available.
--If a book is out in circulation, students can place a "Hold" on the book by using the Hold button at the bottom left of the record. They will be notified by e-mail when the book is ready for pick-up at the lending library. Books will be held for 10 days after notification.

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