FAQs

How do I get to the catalog?

On the ERC homepage, click on “ERC catalog” on the left sidebar of the ERC homepage.  On the “Welcome to the College of Education and Human Development” page, click on Education Resource Center; this will take you to the ERC catalog page.   If you are on the login page for “District Administrators,” please click CANCEL.  This will take you to the welcome page. NOTE: The “Literacy Link” is the catalog for The College School and Lab Preschool.  You do not have access to the items in this collection.  If you have any problems, click on the “How do I..” icon or contact the ERC.

What are ERC call numbers?

Our collection is divided into roughly two parts: a trade book section and a curriculum materials section. In the trade books, you will find children’s and young adult books and some media both fiction and non-fiction. The call numbers for the fiction trade books begin with “FIC.” The call numbers for the non-fiction trade books begin with a number, such as 421 or 763. The curriculum materials section has call numbers that begin with an abbreviation for the subject area. For example, Health materials have a call number that begins “HEA,” early childhood materials have a call number that begins “EC,” and science materials have a call number that begins “SCI.” Within those curriculuar areas we have textbook materials and professional materals. The professional materials are noted with a “-P” as in “SCI-P” for something about teaching science. We also have a professional collection for broader education topics that begins with “P-” the information following the dash refers to the area of general education to which the material belongs, such as library media (P-L), guidance (P-G), or special eduction (P-SP).

What is the Literacy Link?

The Literacy Link is the catalog for The College School and the Lab Preschool.  These items are mostly children’s trade books and are housed in the Literacy Link at The College School.  This collection is circulated ONLY to students in The College School and the Lab Preschool.

What is MSERC?

The MSERC designation is for items located in the Math Science Education Resource Center . Those items are available to the general population under a separate circulation policy. Please check the MSERC website for hours of operation since they differ from those of the ERC.

What is OPAC?

The Education Resource Center is a curriculum materials center servicing education students at the University of Delaware and educators throughout the state. Most of our items circulate for two weeks. Our OPAC is provided to give our patrons access to our catalog from outside of the ERC walls. From the OPAC one can search and place holds for ERC materials.Click here for our online catalog.

How do I login?

Simply come in and select a Password to get started.  Your User name is your Patron number.  Once you have your User name and Password, click on “ERC catalog” on the left sidebar of the ERC homepage.  On the “Welcome to the College of Education and Human Development” page, click on Education Resource Center; this will take you to the ERC catalog page.  Do not try to login at the “District users” login.  The patron login is located in the upper right corner of the catalog page; enter your User name (patron number) and Password. Click on the “My Info” tab to see what you have out.    If you have any problems, click on the “How do I..” icon or contact the ERC.

How do I place a HOLD on an item?

If you would like to place a HOLD on an item for later pickup, you may call the ERC at 302-831-2335.  Once you have set up an Online account, you may place HOLDs thru our online catalog.  Login to your account, conduct your search and select your item by clicking on the title.  If you want a HOLD placed on this item, click on the HOLD icon (upper right corner). If you have any problems, click on the “How do I…” icon or contact the ERC.  Please allow 24 hours for the HOLD to be processed.

How do I renew my items

Our items may be renewed during regular operating hours by calling our Circulation Desk, 302-831-2335.  Once you have set up a USER account for online access, you may renew your items online. Login to your account, click on the “My Info” tab and select the items to renew.  If an item has been requested by another patron or you have exceeded the allowed renewals, the item will not be renewed and must be returned to the ERC.  If you have any problems, click on the “How do I..” icon or contact the ERC.

Additionally, if you are in the building, you may renew your items even if you don’t have them with you by simply coming to the Circulation Desk and requesting to renew. Please note, we will not renew items that have been requested by other ERC patrons. Please DO NOT try to renew items over email or by leaving a voice-mail message with one of the librarians.

How do I access eBooks?

How do I find Alphabet and Counting books?

The alphabet books are generally located in the 411 and 420 sections but may also be located in Fiction as well as other non-fiction areas. Therefore, the best finding strategy is to type “alphabet” in the OPAC search bar and click on the subject button. Like alphabet books, counting books are not located in one place in the ERC. The best finding strategy is to type “counting” in the search bar and click on the subject button.

How do I find Award Winners?

There are several finding strategies for this question. One way is to type in the name of the award (Caldecott, Printz, Newbery, Corretta Scott King, etc.) in the OPAC search bar and then click the keyword button. If it doesn’t matter to you which award has been given to the item, then try typing “award winner” in the OPAC search bar and clicking the keyword button. There is also a picture icon in the visual OPAC   that links to the award winning books in our collection, however, the resulting list is limited to 100 titles and therefore is not reflective of the entire holdings in the ERC of award winning titles.

How do I find Biographies?

The ERC does not file its biographies in a separate section. The best finding strategy is to use the OPAC . Either type in a person’s name (last name first) as a subject search, or type in a profession, for example scientists, women scientists, athletes, etc., as a subject search, and go through the resulting list looking for the subject followed by “-Biography.”

How do I find books by specific authors?

The best finding strategy is to type in the author’s name in the OPAC seach bar and click on the Author button. When looking for an author, type in the last name first then the first name. As looking for titles, you don’t need to capitalize the names.

How do I find books published by a particular date?

In the OPAC , typing in a search term, such as “fantasy,” and then clicking on the keyword button instead of the subject button will result in a display of titles that can be sorted by date. Just be aware that a keyword search is different from a subject search and that your resulting list may include some titles that are not true matches to your search. If you are in the ERC, you can also go into the Book Examination Site and browse the latested publications in children’s and young adult books.

How do I find books with a specific title?

The best finding strategy is to type the title in the OPAC search bar and click the Title button. When doing this, it is all right to skip the initial articles (a, an, the) and there is no need to worry about capitalization. Computers are not very smart and don’t actually care if the title is capitalized or not. For example, for the book The Talking Eggs, type in talking eggs.

How do I find curriculum materials and textbooks?

The ERC has an extensive collection of textbooks and other curriculum materials for K-12 education. If you are in the ERC, the best finding strategy is to browse the subject area. Most of the items are marked on the spine label with the grade level of the information. If you are not in the ERC, there are several search strategies including specific subject searches and using the call number icon to search under SS for social studies, SCI for science, READ for reading, LA for English language arts, FL for non-English languages, SPE for spelling, WRI for hand writing techniques, MATH for math, MATH-L for math manipulatives, HEA for health, physical education, and family studies, EC for early childhood materials, and FA for fine and performing arts. The curriculum materials subject areas are further divided by a “-P” designation for materials on teaching teachers how to teach in the specific content area. For example, SCI is the call number for classroom materials and textbooks to be used in the science content area and SCI-P is the call number for teaching teachers how to teach in the science content area.

How do I find Fantasy and Science Fiction?

Fantasy stories and science fiction are in the FIC section of the ERC. The best finding strategy is to go to the OPACand type in the search “fantasy” or “science fiction”  and click the subject button.

How do I find Wordless books?

The best finding strategy is to type “stories without words” in the OPAC search bar and click the subject button. In the visual OPAC there is a picture icon that links to these books.

How do I find TESTs?

In the OPAC, you can do a title search by entering the title or acronym of the test.  You can also enter a keyword or subject and click on the Keyword or Subject search icon. Once you have the list, you can sort by Call number.  The call number for TEST will be at the end of the list.  You can get an alphabetical list of all tests by clicking on the Copy Category tab. This will bring up a list of all categories.  Scroll down to TEST and click on VIEW.  All items in the test collection will be displayed.

How do I search by Lexile and other reading levels?

You may search the OPAC for books according to reading program.  From the drop-down SEARCH READING PROGRAM list, you may select Accelerated Reader, Reading Counts or Lexile.  Enter the desired paramenters and click enter.  If your item does not have a Lexile measure, you may use the Lexile analyzer.

How do I use the Lexile analyzer?

If you need to have a Lexile number for your reading assignment, you can make use of the Lexile Analyzer by following the directions below.
1. At the Lexile page for the Analyzer, enter your email address and other required information (there is no charge for registering for this program): http://www.lexile.com/DesktopDefault.aspx?view=ed&tabindex=2&tabid=16&tabpageid=335
2. Go to a word processing program and type in a section of the text to be measured. Be sure to look for a nice long section that is representative of the book overall. That is, if you have one page with nothing but vocabulary, it might not be the best selection to get a feeling for the level of the book as a whole.
3. Save the text you have typed in as a PLAIN TEXT (txt) document. DO NOT save it as a Word (doc) document as that contains hidden formatting which will confuse the Analyzer.
4. Return to the Lexile Analyzer page.
5. Click the Browse button to up load your file. In a matter of seconds you will have a Lexile measure for the passage you typed in.
6. Done. If you don’t see a Lexile measure for your passage, chances are pretty good you have uploaded a Word file rather than a Plain Text file. Try that first. You may also run into problems with books that use incomplete sentences as is the case with poetry and some alphabet books. Those types of items get the NP Lexile which may or may not be satisfactory for your assignment.

Where do I find Fables and Pourquoi stories?

Generally these stories are also under 398.2. You will have to be familiar with the literary style (explanation stories for pourqoi and animal stories for fables) to judge for yourself what kind of story you have. An alternative strategy to browsing the 398.2 area is to conduct a subject search on the OPAC for “fables.” Not all pourquoi stories are in 398.2, for example Rudyard Kipling, the modern day master of pourquoi stories, is located in the fiction section under the call number: FIC KIP. Unfortunately, “pourquoi” is not a good term for finding these types of stories. The term “fables” can be used as a subject search.

Where do I find mystery and detective stories?

These books will be in the FIC area of the ERC. The best finding strategy is to go to the ERC online public catalog (OPAC), type in the search “mystery and detective stories” in the search bar and then click the subject button.

Where do I find Non-Fiction (Informational texts)?

These are works of non-fiction. Except for the areas of 398.2 and 800, all of the books in the ERC with Dewey Decimal Classification numbers are non-fiction. If you are just looking for any old non-fiction book, the best finding strategy is to browse the shelves. If you want a book on a specific subject, for example earthquakes or spiders, then your best finding strategy is to use the OPAC typing in these words as subject searches. If you can’t find your topic using a subject search, try a keyword search (see above for the difference between keyword and subject searching). Click here for a general definition for the different Dewey Decimal Classification system numbers.

Where do I find realistic fiction?

Realistic fiction is anything that can happen. Harry Potter stories are not realistic fiction, neither are the Arthur stories. The ERC collection cannot be searched by “realistic fiction.” The best finding strategy is to think of a subject area, i.e. dogs, and enter a subject search looking for the subject name followed by “-Fiction” or “-Juvenile Fiction.” Searching by grade level is also a possibility, ask a librarian for help in this search. Or one can simply browse the fiction collection (call numbers begin FIC) to find a realistic story.

Where do I find similar books?

Going to the OPAC , looking up a title you already have, and then selecting the highlighted subjects is a good way of finding similar items. The librarians can also help in this area.

Where do I find traditional folktales?

These books are generally located under the call number 398.2. Some of the numbers are longer than that, i.e. 398.20973. The longer number signifies a specific location, for example 398.20973 is a number for a folktale from the United States. If you are in the 398.2 area you are in the folklore section.

What is the Dewey Decimal Classification System

In the 1800’s a man named Mevil Dewey, devised a system for classifying all information into ten categories. This system has since been updated but the ten basic divisions remain basically the same. There are two different systems used in libraries today, the unabridged and the abridged editions. Most school libraries use the abridged edition. The ERC collection of children and young adult materials is arranged in a fashion similar to that which our education majors will find when they go out into the schools.

The 10 basic divisions are listed below.

000   Computer science, information and general works
100   Philosophy and psychology
200   Religion
300   Social sciences, sociology and anthropology
400   Language
500   Science
600   Technology
700   Arts and recreation
800   Literature
900   History and geography

What is the difference between fiction & literature?

When you look in the OPAC at the information for the item you’ve selected, you may see in blue highlight, subject headings with the words “Fiction,” Juvenile fiction,” or “Juvenile literature.” Librarians use the term “fiction” to alert the user that the item is a work of fiction. Because most cataloging is focused on items for adults, the term “Juvenile fiction” is used to denote fiction works for children’s and young adult items. When an item is being cataloged in a school library, the librarian uses the term “Fiction” instead of “Juvenile fiction” to make the work more appealing to the students (older students may not want to read a book for “juveniles.”). In the ERC, you will see both headings applied to our collection. The term “Juvenile literature” is used to show the item is a non-fiction children’s book. In the ERC we try to not use that phrase but it does pop up now and then.

What is the difference between KEYWORD and SUBJECT searches?

A keyword search brings up that word or phrase as it appears anywhere in the record. A subject search is more refined and brings up those items that are about the subject rather than just having the word or phrase appear in the records. For example, the word “earthquakes” as a subject search results in a list of 35 fiction and non-fiction titles (books and videos) that are about earthquakes. A keyword search results in 45 titles that may or may not be about earthquakes per se. While it may seem that the keyword search results in more titles, one then has to sort through the results to separate the relevant results from the less relevant.