5 Ways To Become A Power User
Of the TCTC Library
1. Become familiar with the library's OPAC.
The library's online public access catalog lists all of the individual resources the library holds. Each is tagged with a unique number, as well as various searchable terms based on its content. The OPAC will allow you to search by author, title, subject, and keyword(s) so you can locate exactly what you are looking for. Each item is listed with a summary of its details. If you search by keyword, it is possible to miss pertinent matches if your keyword differs from the language used in the item description. To avoid such a situation, it is wise to search with a combination of keywords and subjects, which makes it more likely that the sources you seek will not be omitted from your search results.
2. Make use of the Interlibrary Loan System.
3. Get to Know Your Databases
eBook services often come through a database as well. You login with your username and password then you're able to browse and download what you're interested in. If you don't know whether the library offers ebooks, search around the OPAC or ask a librarian. Sometimes, the entire range of digital items don't appear in the online catalog.
4. Request Titles For Purchase
5. Speak with a librarian.
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