OPACapalooza!

Welcome, Ancilla students! This site is the portal to your learning experience for searching our catalog for the items the library owns (books, DVDs, CDs, etc.). Each section encompasses a different aspect of searching, from the very basics (how the heck do I find them?) to the very specific (I can actually renew stuff online at home?).

OPACapalooza: the Online Public Access Catalog by clbash on GoAnimate

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This page is your prep page; there are a few things you’ll need to have. First, obviously, is an Internet connection. Got that? Of course you have, or you wouldn’t be able to see this page! Let’s move on to the other requirements….

To access your personalized library account through the OPAC, you’ll need:
Library barcode number–on the back of your student ID
Your last name–if you’ve changed your name but didn’t tell a librarian, you may need your old name (or update your library record!)

To hear embedded audio:
MP3 player is embedded, so you should only need sound card, speakers or headphones

To watch animation:
Sound and video card, media viewer
Flash
NOTE: Mobile devices that do not have Flash will be unable to watch the animations, and animations may be slow or not load at all through dial-up connections

To view YouTube videos, you’ll need:
Speakers or headphones, sound and video card
NOTE: Videos may be slow or may not load at all through dial-up connections, and there are optimum settings for YouTube videos–see explanation below.

YouTube setting

Optimum settings for viewing YouTube videos.

For Closed Captioning, please click CC. These are HD recordings–please change 480p to 1080p. For larger screen, click the far right corner.

Please note: Closed Captioning may not be available on all videos right away!

If you have everything you need, you can click here to go to the introduction page, where some basic information about online catalog searching and the module designs are described, or you can go straight to the tutorial module of your choice:

OPACapalooza! home
Introduction to Online Catalogs
Module 1: Basic Search (keywords)
Module 2: Field Search (author, title, subject searching)
Module 3: Advanced Search (Boolean searching, date limiters, material type limiters, etc.)
Module 4: Special Features (login to renew, WorldCat, Google Books, citations)

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