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Library Catalog - Highlights: Introducing the Catalog

This Research Guide will show you how to access and use the library catalog.

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Placing Holds

Many items are available for holds.

If you are not already logged in when you try to place a hold, the system will prompt you to log in.

A window will appear for you to specify the library where you want to pick up the item when it arrives. Once you have selected the pickup library, click Place Hold. The system will tell you if the hold was successfully placed or not.

Once you have placed a hold on an item, you will be able to see it in My Account under the Holds tab.

Guide attribution

This guide is based on the help guide "Welcome to the library" 2012 SirsiDynix.

What is the catalog?

The online library catalog can be used to search all of the items the library owns, including many electronic and online resources, and also includes items owned by the other libraries in southeast and southcentral Alaska (see the list of participating libraries on the left-hand side of the catalog).

Catalog search bar

You can find navigation links in the upper-right corner of the header (1). Click one of these links at any time to log in (which allows you to access your Acccount and Lists) or to go directly to the My Account or My Lists pages. You can also click the Home icon (2) to go back to the library catalog homepage.

Accessing Online Resources

Online Resources

If the item is an electronic book (e-book) or other e-resource (like an online journal) you will see an icon (which is also displayed alongside other types of resources) and a link to access the item (1). Click on the link to be directed to the item. If you are not on campus you will need to log on with your UAS username and password before you can access the resource. 

Using the "Select An Action" Drop-Down Menu

The "Select an Action" menu is found on the search results page, on an item's detail display, and in My Lists. You will see these options in the "Select an Action" menu:

  • Place Hold: This option lets you place a hold on selected items.
  • Add to My Lists: This option lets you save selected items to a list. If you are not already logged in, items will automatically be sent to a temporary list. You can see this temporary list by going to the My Lists page.
  • Email: This option sends an email to the address that you enter that includes the citation information for the selected items, and also includes links to the catalog records for the selected items.   
  • Text It To Me: This option will send a text message to the mobile phone number that you enter that includes citation information for the selected items. 

If you are logged in, a window will appear and ask you to specify which of your saved lists you want to add the item(s) to. Select the list you want and click Add.  If you are not logged in, then your lists will not be saved and will not be available the next time you use the catalog.

The system will tell you when items were added successfully, and then you can see them when you go to the My Lists page.

Note: The "Add to My Lists" option will not appear when you are on the My Lists page.

  • Email: This option lets you email item information. A window will appear where you can enter the email address where the item(s) information will be sent. If you want to send the email in plain text format instead of HTML, select the option. Click Send Email when you have finished.
  • Print: This option lets you print item information. The item(s) information will display on a new page in print format. Use your browser's print option to send the information to a printer.
  • Delete Selected: This option lets you remove items from a list. A window will appear to confirm that you want to remove the item(s) from your list. Click Delete to remove the item(s) or Cancel to go back.