Catalog Q&A

What is the catalog?

It is a tool to help you find both what is in the library and what the library can access electronically.

I've heard the catalog called an OPAC. What does this mean?

OPAC is an acronym for "Online Public Access Catalog."

Some other acronyms that you may hear include INNOPAC (Innovative Online Public Access Catalog) and III (Innovative Interfaces Incorporated). The software used to run the catalog is made by III and is called Innovative Millennium.

What can the catalog do?

The catalog can show what materials the library owns or has access to, including both print and electronic books and journals, DVDs, CDs, vinyl records, and microforms. It can tell you where in the library these materials are located and if they are available to check out.

You can also use the catalog to check you library record, renew books online, and to set up email alerts that will notify you when the library acquires new material in a subject of interest.

What can't the catalog do?

The catalog can't be used to search for individual Journal articles. Go to Articles and Databases to search for articles.

????Some materials do not yet have all their records in the catalog. Consult the staff in... are there any materials that only have a print catalog for access, esp. in Special Collections?

The catalog also can't be used to place a hold (or request) on checked out materials. Holds may be placed at west circulation desk of the J.D. Williams Library or the service desk of the Science Library.

How do I use the catalog?

Searching tips are available on each of the individual searching screens (go to Title Search for an example). The creation of more detailed searching help pages is currently in progress.

How do I connect to the catalog?

From the Ole Miss home page, click on Libraries. Then, click on the UM Libraries link under the Library Catalogs subheading to reach the catalog.

From the UM libraries home page, just click on Catalog.

Can I use my personal laptop to access the catalog while in the library?

Yes, the catalog can be accessed if your laptop has an internet connection. Ethernet connections are available by some of the tables and study carrels, and the library also offers wireless internet access. For more information, go to Wireless Network Access.

Is the catalog accessible off campus?

Yes, the catalog is accessible to anyone with an internet connection on and off campus.

Can I access databases and other electronic materials when off campus?

Yes, but only if you have a library record. For more information, go to Library Services for Off-Campus Students.

What do I do if the catalog can't find my library record?

The barcode from your Ole Miss ID needs to be added into the system. For more information, go to Instructions for Off-Campus Access to Subscription Library Resources.


Last updated May 4, 2005 TH