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Online Catalog

The online catalog or OPAC is the online bibliography of the ERC collection and is available to the public and allows our patrons 24-hour access to the ERC collection.

You may search by author, title, keyword, subject or series.  There are options for refining your search according to reading or interest levels and the ability to do power searches. A visual catalog is also available to search by category. A large selection of ebooks are available to those patrons with online access. Patrons may also place holds for ERC materials and renew items already checked out. Please refer to our Circulation Policy for an explanation of patron privileges.

 

How do I get to the catalog?

On the ERC homepage, click on “Online Catalog” on the right 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 several sections: school library section,  curriculum materials, professional development, and tests.

  • In the school library section, you will find trade books for children and young adults (PreK-12) 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 are classified according to the Dewey Decimal Classification System and begin with a number, such as 421 or 763.
  • The curriculum materials section is classified according to subject area and have call numbers that begin with an abbreviation for the subject area. Within the curriculuar areas we have textbook materials and professional materials.
  • 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.
  • The ERC houses an extensive collection of Educational Psychology tests used in the School Psychology program.  The tests are listed in the catalog with the call number TEST and the test acronym.

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.

Visual OPAC

The Visual Catalog provides a graphical search alternative to the OPAC. There are about 20 icons representing the most frequently searched categories of books, such as award winners, wordless books, alphabet books, counting books and more. To access the visual catalog search page, click on the tab “Visual” on the main catalog page.  By clicking on the appropriate icon, you can obtain a listing of all items in the ERC collection that are relevant to your search.

How do I login?

Simply come in and open an account to get started.  You will receive a Patron number which you need to set up an online account.  Once you have your Patron number, click on “Online Catalog” on the right sidebar of the ERC homepage. [NOTE: If you are on the login page for “District Administrators,” please click CANCEL.]  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.  In the upper right corner of the catalog page there is a box “Create Account.” Click on this box and follow the directions for setting up an account. Once your account is set up, you can login to check your account, place holds and renew items.  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?

 

What is the Dewey Decimal Classification System

In the 1800’s, 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.  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 or the public  library.

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

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