Help and Guides

The library catalogue is an Online Public Access Catalogue. By using library catalogue you will be able to access the Library collection.  You can search for documents by entering author, title or keyword in the query line and also make reservation for books and other library materials.

  1. ACCESSING INFORMATION FROM THE LIBRARY CATALOGUE

You can search the Library catalogue without logging in. However, only recognized staff and registered students of the library are allowed to have full access. If you are not already a library member and wish to join you can contact the library staff at the circulation desk for registration. When you register, you will be given a personal username and password which you will use to log in.

1.1        How to Log In

    • Go to the library website which is www. library.presbyuniversity.edu.gh and click the LIBRARY CATALOGUE link.
    • By clicking the link you will be taken to the catalogue page.

  • Enter your user name in the login column and your password in the password column.
  • Click the log in tab when done to log in.
  • This page will appear when you are logged in.

      • The page has the following details.
      • My Summary – you will be able to see what books you currently have out.
      • My Fines – you will be able to see if you have any outstanding fines.
      • My Personal Details – you can check your personal details and make changes to these if they are no longer correct.
      • Change my Password – you can change your password.
      • My search history– shows all the searches you have done.
      • My Reading History – you can check the details of the last 50 titles that you’ve borrowed.
      • My Purchase Suggestions – you can view what suggestions you have previously made.
      • My lists-displays the list of titles you have saved.

               2. SEARCHING THE LIBRARY CATALOGUE

The PUCG-OPAC offers you two main options for conducting your search. That is either by basic search or advanced search.

                   2.1        BASIC SEARCH

The window below is the basic search window:

                To conduct a basic search you have to do the following,

      1. Provide a search term in the search column.
      2. You can search by title, author, subject, ISBN, series, or call number by clicking the down arrow next to the words “Library Catalog.”
      • Title Search-One of the most direct ways to find a particular book is to use a title search. If you know the title of the book you want, type in its full title, or as much of it as you know, in the search box and then use your mouse to click on the “TITLE” box. If the library has that particular book it will appear in an alphabetical listing of titles. Click on the title you wish to view.
      • Author Search -Another specific search is an author search. This search will take you to an alphabetical listing of books by that author. Click on the title you wish to view.
      • Subject Search-A subject search can be a useful approach when you do not have a specific author or title in mind but you have a general idea of the topic you would like to research. For example, type in “acid rain” and then click on the search box for “SUBJECT”, you will be directed to an alphabetical listing of books. Click on the title of the book or the “Details” box. If you do not find material under the term you have used, try and think of alternative or related terms.
      • ISBN, Series and Call Number Search– ISBN, Series or Call Number of books and other collections can also be used to conduct a search.
      1. Click “send” to retrieve your result.

          3. ADVANCED SEARCH

      • The advanced search gives you more search features. To access it, click the “Advanced Search” tab under the search bar.

 

      1. You will notice that you can now search in three search bars. Just like on the basic search page, you can click the down arrow and select categories for more detailed Searches.
      1. You can also limit your search results to certain date ranges, item type or language.
      1. The advance search option also gives you the opportunity to use Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) which are used to combine keywords to improve the chance of finding relevant information.

                           

To use the Boolean operators you have to follow the steps below:

      1. Enter your search item in the search column.
      2. Select the appropriate search term by clicking the keywords dropdown button.
      3. Select the required Boolean operator by clicking the drop down button of the Boolean operator. Note the default is always ‘AND’.
      4. Click the search button to retrieve your result.