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Yorkline Users' Guide

Last modified 97/03/04

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Introduction

The home page menu (at http://www.library.yorku.ca/) contains the following headings:

Choose Yorkline to search for materials in the library catalogue. There are several libraries in the York University Libraries system: Scott Library, Steacie Science Library, Frost Library (Glendon College campus), Business and Government Publications Library, Law Library, Archives & Special Collections, Sound and Moving Image Library (SMIL), and the Map Library. Yorkline reflects the collections of all these locations.

Yorkline provides access to all materials in the Libraries except:

To access materials not in Yorkline, use the finding aids located in the library where materials are held, or ask for assistance at a Reference Desk.

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Yorkline Public Access Choices

[Library Catalogue ]Library Catalogue
York University's catalogue of library holdings.

[Reserve Desk ]Reserve Desk
Provides lists of course materials set aside by instructors.

[User Status ]User Status
Provides information on library patron loans and fines.

 

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Search Options

[Title] Title
Choose this option when you know the title you are looking for. This search looks for a match of your search terms. If Yorkline cannot find a match, it will display a "browse list" of the closest matches. Omit initial articles. (e.g., a, an, the, le, la, les, etc.)

[Author] Author
Choose this option to find works written by a particular author. This search looks for a match of your search term. Enter the author's last name. If the last name is common, type the complete last name followed by the author's first name or initial. (e.g., Atwood M). If Yorkline cannot find a match it will display a 'browse list' of the closest matches.

[Keyword]Keyword
Choose this option for an easy 'fill-in-the-blanks' template allowing you to search by combining "keywords" in specific fields (e.g., author, title, etc.) of a record

[Subject] Subject
Choose this option to browse through catalogue entries by scanning alphabetical lists of subject headings. The closest match to your search will appear on line 7. Yorkline uses Library of Congress Subject Headings.

[Periodical Title]Periodical Title
Choose this option to see if the Libraries subscribe to specific journals, magazines or newspapers. This search looks for a match of your search terms. If Yorkline cannot find a match it will display a 'browse list' of the closest matches. Omit initial articles .

[Series]Series
Choose this option when you know the series title you are looking for. This search looks for a match of your search terms. If Yorkline cannot find a match, it will display a 'browse list' of the closest match. Omit initial articles.

[Call Number]Call Number
An item's call number identifies its shelf position. To find an item by call number, enter all or the first part of the call number (e.g., HD 5430). The result of a call number browse is a list of call numbers that begin with the characters as specified. The closest match to your search will appear on line 7. Most items have Library of Congress (LC) call numbers ( e.g. PS 8501 T86 H36). Some items have text call numbers such as those assigned to government documents, sound recordings etc.(e.g.CAN1 CS8.5 13 or DISC ECM.1050CD).

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Keyword Search Options

A keyword search allows you to set limits before searching. Useful options are:

Sort by:

sort the results of a search (if less than 200 items) alphabetically or by publication year

Pubyear:

select publication year (s). (e.g., 1993, 1992-1995, >1990, or <1919)

Language:

use the pulldown list to select a language.

Location:

use the pulldown list to select a shelving location.

Library:

use the pulldown list to select among York's Libraries. ALL (Scott, Law, Frost, Steacie, Business & Gov. Pubs) YORK (All Libraries except Law) YORK-LAW ( Law library only)

Itemtype:

use the pulldown list to select an Itemtype. (e.g., film, CD-ROM, microtext, etc.)

Format:

Use the pulldown list to select a format (e.g., music, serial, vm (visual materials), mrdf (machine-readable data file), marc (book), map)

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Keyword Search Tips

Use one or more of these logical or positional operators to relate search terms in keyword searching.

and

Use to retrieve items in which both keywords are present in the bibliographic record.
e.g., women and shakespeare

adj

Use to specify that keywords must be next to one another in the bibliographic record, and in the order specified. Note - treat hyphenated words as two words and connect them with the adj operator.
e.g., french adj canadian. An alternative way to search a phrase is to put your terms in single quotes e.g., ‘anorexia nervosa'.

same

Use to retrieve items in which keywords are in the same "field" of the bibliographic record. (e.g., author field, title field, subject field, etc.) If you don't specify an operator, same is the default.

near

Use to retrieve items in which keywords are next to one another in the bibliographic record, but in any order.

with

Use to retrieve items in which keywords are in the same sentence.

or

Use to retrieve items in which at least one of the keywords is present in the bibliographic record.
e.g., labor or labour

not

Use to specify that the keyword immediately following not won't appear in the records retrieved. Note - this operator should be used with caution as it can eliminate relevant items!
e.g., (water and pollution) not air

  • To search an operator as a word, put it in double quotes. You can search in two different ways:
    1. e.g. '"near" death experience'
    2. e.g. "near" adj death adj experience
  • Avoid using a very general term alone (e.g., Canada), as it will retrieve far too many records, many irrelevant. Instead, combine terms with others to make your search more specific.
    e.g., canada and history and constitution

Parentheses

Complex keyword searches may be clarified by using parentheses to express the relationships among keywords. e.g. (jazz or ragtime) and (music adj analysis)

Truncation ($)

Use $ to retrieve records with varying endings. For example, forest$ searches forest, forests, forestry, forestation, etc. Avoid truncating with very short words, though (e.g., for$) as you will retrieve large numbers of irrelevant items.

Wildcard (?)

Use ? to substitute for a single character. For example, wom?n retrieves items with the term women as well as woman.

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Navigating

[Forward][Backward]Forward and Backward -- To move through a list of records

[Goback] GoBack -- To return to the previous screen level.

[New Search]NewSearch -- To start a new search of the same type.

[Home]Home -- To return to the opening screen in Yorkline.

[Xref]X-Ref -- For cross-references related to your search term(s).

[Exit]EXIT -- To exit Yorkline and go back to the Library home page.

[VIEW]
View a record -- When you view a record, the relevant bibliographic information is displayed (e.g., author, title, publication information, subject headings, etc.). The call number and library shelving location appear at the end of the record. You can mark the record for emailing/downloading/printing by checking the blank box at the top of the record.

[View Options] View Options -- To select FULL, BRIEF, or ALL display of the record. The default view is FULL.

Text which is underlined and highlighted signals a hypertext link to another catalogue entry. Try expanding your search by following links to related entries.

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E-mailing, Downloading or Printing Records

You may always use the relevant function of your browser to print/download what you currently see on the screen. However, if you wish to print, download or email selected records, follow these instructions:

  1. Mark the record(s) you want by checking the blank box at the top of the record.
  2. Select [CAPTURE]</KBD. If desired, sort records by author or title.
  3. Select formatted.

Printing in the Libraries is available only from selected workstations (i.e., the ones with printers attached to them).

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Locations

Yorkline uses location codes to describe the library, material type and shelving location for each item in the library catalogue.

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Remote access to Yorkline

Select this link for details on the various methods of accessing Yorkline from outside the library.

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Periodical Indexes & Other Databases

Select this link to search for references to periodical articles on various subjects. Please note that York University Libraries do not subscribe to all the journal titles listed in these indexes. Check Yorkline for library holdings.

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Searching Yorkline via Lynx

For users of Lynx (the text-based Internet browser used on floors 3-5 of the Scott Library).

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How to find reserve materials

Instructions for finding materials on reserve in the York Libraries.

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