Online Catalogue

ONLINE CATALOG

The IPS Library Online Catalog gives access to the vast collection of materials held by the Library. It contains records covering books, serials, journal articles, cartographic materials, audiovisual materials, etc. Follow the guidelines listed below to browse the catalog by its search options.

Open Library Online Catalog


RECENTLY ADDED TITLES

The IPS library continuously expands its collections. Click on the link below to access the most recent additions.

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GUIDELINES

 

This search option is used to find items when you know the exact title and/or the author.

  • Enter the title or just the first few words in the Title box.
  • Enter the surname or the corporate name (organization, company, name of meeting, etc.) in the Author or Corporate name box.
  • Click on the Go button.
  • The hitlist (i.e. list of search results) shows all the items that matched your search.
  • Click on the title hyperlink to view the bibliographic information.

Note: If you are not sure about the first words of the title you are searching for, type a truncation sign (%), then leave a space, then type the word in the title.

This search option allows you to find records containing any of the words you enter. Results are displayed in relevance ranked order. Keywords could be terms taken from the title, subtitle, name, subject, series and abstract fields.

  • Enter the keyword you want to find in the Keyword box using a Boolean operator (AND, OR, NOT).
  • Un-check any of the options that do not apply; i.e. Exact phrase, and/or All exact or similar words, and/or Any word or similar word .
  • Click on the Go button.
  • The hitlist shows all the titles which match the words.
  • Click on the title to view the bibliographic information.

This search option permits you to browse the catalog by author (personal, corporate or conferences).

  • Enter the last name of a person or the corporate name in the Author or Corporate Name box.
  • Click on the Go button.
  • Click on Names then on All Titles to retrieve the titles listed under a specific name.
  • Click on the title to view the bibliographic information.
  • Zero hits in Titles denote a name cross-reference. Click on the author name to find the used form.

This option permits to find titles which have the same subject, and to browse the subject headings authority list.

  • Enter the subject you are looking for in the Subject box.
  • If you want to retrieve a list of subject headings, tick the box and this will bring up all the matching subject headings, which will allow you to browse through the authority list.
  • Un-check the option Retrieve a list of subject terms in case you want to retrieve titles with matching subjects.
  • Click on the Go button.
  • Click on the Title you need to retrieve from the hitlist, or click on the Subject you need to retrieve from the subject headings list, then click on Show titles to view the titles related to a specific subject.
  • Click on the title to view the bibliographic information.

This search option allows you to find books classified according to the Dewey Decimal Classification. Theses, CD-ROMs, audiovisual materials, microfilms, maps, pamphlets, etc. are classified according to a special internal classification.

  • Enter all or the initial part of the classmark in the Classmark box.
  • Click on the Go button.
  • A list of titles having the requested classmark is displayed.
  • Click on the title to view the bibliographic information.
  • Enter the barcode (ISBN for books, or ISSN for journals) you want to find in the Barcodebox. Do not include hyphens, i. e. 0887282199.
  • Click on the Go button.
  • The title with the allocated barcode is retrieved.
  • Click on the title to view the bibliographic information.

This search option allows you to find titles that are part of a series of publications.

  • Enter the title of the series you are looking for in the Title of Series box.
  • Click on the Go button.
  • A list of titles having the same series is displayed.
  • Click on the title to view the bibliographic information.

This search option permits you to find titles under a specific publisher.

  • Enter the name of the publisher your are looking for in the Name of Publisher box.
  • Click on the Go button.
  • A list of titles having the requested publisher is retrieved.
  • Click on the title to view the bibliographic information.
  • The database accepts lower and/or upper case letters.
  • When performing a search query, initial articles in any language (“a”, “an”, “the”, “ha”-, "ال" etc.) are ignored.
  • Minor spelling errors do not count at the end of any search term.
  • The wildcard character “ % ” is used in any search option (Title, Name, Subject, Keyword, Series, etc.).
  • To display the bibliographic details (ISBD List), check the box Tick to Select then click onShow selected.
  • Click on CTRL+Shift at the right side of the keyboard, in order to check the holdings of our Arabic language collection.
  • Hebrew language records are included in the catalog in the roman alphabet, with English language subject headings.

  • The Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) are only used in keyword searches.
  • The connectors AND and NOT generally limit your search (decreases the number of hits); and the connector OR expands it (increases the number of hits).
  • If you are retrieving too many records on your topic, try adding another search term with the connector AND.
  • If you are retrieving too many records on an unrelated topic, try eliminating a word with the connector NOT.
  • If you are retrieving too few records on your topic, try adding another search term with the connector OR.
  • Boolean operators should be used in English when undertaking an Arabic search for keywords.

When you search the online catalogue, you will find an abstract or reference to an article, report, etc., but not the full text. We often have the journal in print at the library.

To find out if the library has the entire article, you need to follow these steps:
  • Do a title search in the Online Catalogue for the title of the journal or for the title of the article.
  • If we have the journal, check which volume and year you need for the article, and make sure we have it.
  • If the journal is in print, it is on the shelves and you can request it. If it is in print and you can not visit the library, you can fill in a Photocopy Request Form and have it sent to you.

Tips for finding journals in the catalogue:

  • A title search is more effective than a keyword search.
  • If you get too many results, limit your search to journals only.
  • Library Guidelines are available.
  • Ask a Librarian for further help or advice. You can give us your Suggestions or Contact the Library.