Retrieval of information and location of materials

e-Catalogue

The Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC), also known as the e-Catalogue can be accessed at dedicated terminals in the Library as well as from any on-campus or off-campus computer connected to the Internet (via the Library webpage). The e-Catalogue is very user friendly and requires very little skill. e-Catalogue terminals are located on the ground floor opposite the Circulation Desk, Info cellar and on the first floor. A separate guide is available specifically on how to use the e-Catalogue.

 

For ease of reference, the following institution codes are used in the ILS to determine ownership and location of the material:

UZ       University of Zululand
RB        Richards Bay (Unizulu Branch Library)
MUT    Mangosuthu University of Technology

The DDC number is used to numerically organise information materials (e.g. books, theses, journals etc.) on the library shelves. The call number which consists of the DDC numbers followed by a suffix, which is the first three letters of the author’s surname (or the title where there is no specific author), is displayed on the spine of the book for easier location and retrieval of material.

Within the UNIZULU Library collection, further location codes are used to signify special types of materials or locations. The location code appears in the catalogue entry and on the spine label before the DDC number. These location codes are:

CODE

 

MATERIAL TYPE

 

LOCATION

 

EXAMPLE

 

AV

 

Multimedia, e.g. videos, DVDs

 

Audio-visual Section

 

AV 658 JAM

 

G

 

Government Publications

 

UZULU Collection

 

G354.68 MBO

 

J

 

Journals

 

Current or Bound Journals

 

J 505 MTH

 

R

 

Reference Books, e.g. dictionaries

 

In every subject collection

 

R 510 ZIT

 

T

 

Theses and dissertations

 

Reference Collection

 

T 960 JAL

 

Z

 

UNIZULU publications, isiZulu information,  reports, etc. UZULU Collection

 

Z 968 NTU

 

RB

 

All

 

Richards Bay Campus

 

RB 658.6 NAI

 

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