NovaCat

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Introduction | Keywords Searching |  Author Searching |  Title Searching |  Subject Searching | Advanced Searching Search Results |  Placing a Hold RequestAdditional Features

Introduction

NovaCat is the online library catalog for all NSU libraries including:

NovaCat identifies the holdings of all NSU-affiliated libraries. It provides detailed information on:

  • books
  • periodicals (journals, magazines & newspapers)
  • dissertations
  • audiovisual items (CDs, DVDs, audiotapes, videotapes, etc.)
  • CD-ROMs
  • eBooks
  • websites
  • specialty items (LeapPads, test kits, etc.)

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Keywords Searching

To perform a keyword search in NovaCat

  • select the Keyword tab
  • enter keywords that best describe your topic
    • searches may include and/or statements
      examples: child or juvenile, speech and disorder
    • searches may include words derived from the same root
      example: child* would search for child, children, childís
  • click the Submit button


Keyword search in NovaCat.

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Author Searching

To perform an author search in NovaCat

  • select the Author tab
  • enter the author's or artist's name last name first
    • the first name or initial may be added following a comma
         shakespeare, william
         angelou, m
    • ignore titles or ranks such as: Sir, Doctor, President, Jr.
    • government bodies, organizations, and companies may be used as authors
         American Psychological Association
         American Speech Language Hearing Association
  • click the Submit button


Author search in NovaCat.

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Title Searching

To perform a title search in NovaCat

  • select the Title tab
  • enter the exact title
    • do not need to type articles (the, a, an) at the beginning of the title, but you must include them within the title
      example: Taming of the Shrew, Handbook of speech pathology
    • if it is a long title, you may leave off the last few words
      example: Florida Directory
      in place of: Florida Directory of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment, Intervention and Prevention Programs
  • click the Submit button

Title search in NovaCat.
Title search in NovaCat.

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Subject Searching

To perform a subject search in NovaCat

  • select the Subject tab
  • select a subject classification:
    • Library of Congress.
      (Used by: Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center, Law Library)
    • Medical Subject Headings (MeSH).
      (Used by: HPD Library)
    • Children's Subject Headings (LC Childrenís and Sears Subject Headings).
      (Used by: University Schools and the Children's and Young Adult Collections within the Alvin Sherman Library)
  • enter the subject
    example: speech therapy
  • click the Submit button

Select a subject classification.
Select a subject classification.

Library of Congress subject search in NovaCat.
Library of Congress subject search in NovaCat.

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Search Results

Search results will vary. If you get:

  • No records matched your search, then check your spelling or the fields you searched in.
  • Too many, then go back and limit your search. Sometimes a search needs to be modified with: additional search words, searching only a specific field, adding date limitations, or type of materials.
  • Too few, then go back and expand your search. Consider synonyms for your search words or concepts. Try to use professional language or terminology.
  • Irrelevant results, then try new search terms. Consider synonyms or related concepts. Identify and search using descriptors. Try a different database.

Some tips about NovaCat search results

  • NovaCat displays the first 12 results that match a search
  • use the Next Page or Previous Page buttons to move through the results
  • click on a title to see a full record
  • Keyword searches will display a list of titles that contain your search terms†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
  • Author searches will display a list of authors that match your search terms†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
  • Title searches will display a list of titles that match your search terms††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
  • Subject searches will display a list of subjects that match your search terms

A full record will identify an item's

  • location
  • call number
  • status†††††††††
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Results of a keyword search in NovaCat
Results of a keyword search in NovaCat. Shows 1-12.

Full record in NovaCat.
Full record in NovaCat.

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Keywords Searching

To perform a keyword search in NovaCat

  • select the Keyword tab
  • enter keywords that best describe your topic
    • searches may include and/or statements
      examples: child or juvenile, speech and disorder
    • searches may include words derived from the same root
      example: child* would search for child, children, childís
  • click the Submit button


Keyword search in NovaCat.

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Placing a Hold Request

NovaCat allows users to place a "holds request" on items for pickup or courier delivery

  • Local users (pick-up book at library circulation desk)
  • Distance users (book delivery via FedEx)†††††

You can place a hold on items in two ways:

  • By phone: Call the Circulation Desk -  954-262-4601 |  1-800-541-6682,  ext. 24601
  • Online: While searching the NovaCat catalog, look for either the "HOLD FOR PICK-UP" or "ORDER FOR DELIVERY" buttons. You must choose one based upon to your affliation to the library.

holds_button

Step 1 - USER LOGIN INSTRUCTIONS:

If you are a local user (ex. Broward County resident) login with "Last Name and Sherman Library Card Number.

Broward County Users - Use the "Tan" login box

broward login screen

If you are a currently enrolled student, staff, or faculty (local or distance) login with your "SharkLink ID and Password (which is also your NSU email password)

NSU students, staff and faculty - Use the "Blue" login box

nsu login screen

Step 2 - HOLD REQUEST VERIFICATION:

Once you have logged-in, select a date and then the "Submit" button.

verification screen

Hold Request Confirmation

Once you have submitted your hold request, you will see the screen below.

confirmation screen

-NOTE:
If your Broward County Patron Record does not have an "e-mail address" on file, you can add your
e-mail address by selecting the "Click here" link to edit your record.

-IMPORTANT:
Without an e-mail address, you cannot be notified of when a book is ready for pick-up.

Step 3 - EDIT YOUR ACCOUNT:

To access your account, select the "Edit Account Details" button.

account screen

-NOTE:
If you do not have an e-mail address on file, you will see suggestions of "free account" providers (above) where you can easily create an email account:

In English: AOL | Gmail | Hotmail | YahooMail | more

In Spanish: GmailHotmail | YahooMail | more

 

Add / Edit Your E-mail Address

Update your account by adding / editing your e-mail address then select the "Submit" button.

patron email screen

PROBLEM PLACING A HOLD REQUEST

  • You already have a hold or checkout on this item.
    (Reasons: The patron has already placed a hold on said item)


  • You may have reached your hold limit or there is an issue with your library record that is preventing you from placing the hold. Please contact the library for more information.
    Reasons: reached hold limit, record expired, money owed, etc,)


  • You are not permitted to put a hold on this item.
    (Reason: due to a loan rule)
 
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Additional Features

Users can check to see what books they have checked out from the NSU libraries and renew their books online if they are not overdue or on hold for another user. Go to Renew your Items and log on.

Local users can place an interlibrary loan journal article or book request from the NovaCat main page. This feature is NOT available for distance users. Instead, please use the online Document Delivery request forms found at: http://www.nova.edu/library/serv/docdel/ .

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