ABEKT is the ILC’s online catalogue and is the key for locating items and managing your loans. It contains full records of books, periodicals, theses and audio-visual material. The ABEKT Online Catalogue can be accessed from any internet enabled computer and provides the following services:
- by a specific Author, Title, Subject Heading
- by Classification number
- by ISBN or ISSN
The information ABEKT Online Catalogue gives for each item is:
|Location||Which Collection holds the item|
|Loan period||Standard Loan, Short Loan, and Reserve|
|Call Number||The Classification number of the item|
|Number of Copies|
|Abstract or Summary||Brief description of the item|
|Charged/Not Charged||Whether or not the item is available for loan|
Select “Main Catalogue” and use the Simple or Advanced option to narrow your search on specific titles or authors, or conduct a broader subject search.
There are two types of searches:
To form a query via the Simple Search form you have to type one or more terms in the text entry field and choose one of the given indexes.
For a general search, type the search term and select the Any index. A search will be executed in all the searchable fields (Title, Subject Heading, Author etc.)
If you know one or more words from the Title, the Subject Heading or the Author you are advised to select the particular index in order to limit the search range and so find the records you are looking for more efficiently.
The Clear Form button wipes out everything you have typed in the text entry field.
You may combine multiple search terms together in different indexes e.g. Author: Joyce - Title: Ulysses, to search the fields of author and title simultaneously
You may define the logical relationship among the terms using the Boolean operators
e.g. Author: Joyce AND NOT Title:Ulysses, to retrieve all records about Joyce's works except Ulysses
You may define the structure of search terms e.g. Library of Congress Phrase, to retrieve records that contain this specific search term as a phrase
You may define the truncation e.g. tex with Right Truncation, to retrieve records which may contain one or more of the following words: text, texture, textile, Texas etc.
If you need to form a query using more text entry fields than those given in the form, use the Search History facilities.
The Clear Form button wipes out everything you have typed in the text entry fields.
In order to locate titles on the shelves, remember to note the call number and the collection of the item that you want to find. This information tells you where to find the item on the shelves. Depending on the type of collection you may be able to borrow it or not.
Types of collections:
|MNC (Main Collection)||available for borrowing|
|RSC (Reserve Collection)||for use only within the ILC|
|SLC (Short loan Collection)||dissertations|
|RFC (Reference Collection)||dictionaries, encyclopedias, conference proceedings, etc|
Follow the signage in the ILC to find specific collections and items on the shelves. Colored labels on the shelves show the subject categories of each Collection. On the spine of the books you will see classification numbers. Each item has its unique number. Use the class number you have written down from the online catalogue to locate your specific item.
Check the “Book Returns” stand – where you will find items waiting to be shelved. If not there, ask for help at the Library Services Desk as the item may be misplaced, lost or on loan by another user.
In case it is on loan you may place a reservation request and you will be notified email or telephone, the minute the item becomes available.
Remember… you can not borrow items without your ILCard.
For further information on how to use borrow items you may visit the Using the ILC web pages.