Assignment 2 (Due February 17, 2004)

For each of the following questions please write out the search keys you used, whether
successful or not, as well as the answer to the question.

OCLC Searching

Remember you can log on from:

Userid:  100-090-789
Password:  student

1.        Retrieve the bibliographic record with the following LCCN: 91-39734

Search key(s):

What is this item’s ISBN (look in field 020)?

2.        Retrieve the library of Congress’ bibliographic record with the following ISBN:

Search key(s):

What is this item’s LCCN (look in field 010)?

3.        Perform a title search for The Best of the Joy of Painting with Bob Ross, America’s
Favorite Art Instructor.

Search key(s):

How many locations in New York State report holdings? (alternately, you can type dh and
Ctrl-C and look for symbols next to NY)

RLIN Searching

RLIN ( can be searched via two methods – the ‘classic’ interface, or the
newer web interface.  Please try to use the classic interface, via the Telnet client, for at
least one exercise, and then compare it searching for the same item in the newer
interface.  Both can be accessed from the labs at Brentwood.


Click Start, the run, then type “Telnet” in the dialogue box.  

In the black telnet box type “open” and press “enter”

NOTE:  If you cannot see what you are typing it means the simple telnet program you are
working with is not “echoing” your commands.  They are still being entered.  If you
download the telnet software you should avoid that problem.  With this software you will
have to click on the file menu and select Connection to get the dialog box into which to
type the hostname.

When it asks you to please log on, type “call rlin(cat)” and press “enter”

When you are asked for an account type “y6.h28” and “enter”

Your password is “27juliet” and “enter.”

To enter any search key, type the key and press enter.  At any time, type “sho ind” to
get a screen full of search key prompts.

Search keys:

Author—fin pn smith, john#

Title—fin tp organizing information#

Author-title—fin pn smith, john# and tp organizing information#

To browse through a “MUL” display (whenever you see a “+” at the bottom of the
screen) just keep hitting enter.

To see the full bibliographic record for one of the items retrieved, type “dis # ful” (for a
marc record) or “dis # lon” for a lengthy eye-legible record.

When you are finished type “logoff” and hit enter.


Perform an author search for David H. Thomas in the “books” file.  

Search key(s): (Begin by selecting the books file; this eliminates all other formats)

sel fil bks<enter>

fin pn Thomas, david h#<enter>

RLIN responds: MUL?<enter>

dis 3 lon <enter>

What was the subject of his 1992 work?

Archival information processing for sound recordings

To use the web-enabled version, you can log on and connect from http://eureka.rlg.

UserID: y6.h28

Password: 27juliet

4.        Find the recording titled Best of the Roger Wagner Chorale.

Search key(s): (First select the recordings file to search in, then issue the search

Why are there two bibliographic records?

5.        Find the book titled A Thousand Miles Up the Nile.

Search key(s): (Now you must go back to the books file)

Why are there so many clusters?

6.        Search for the title words “literature” and “petroleum”.

Search key(s):

Find a work on petroleum in China.  Who is the author of this digest?

7.        Find Lawrence Block’s burglar books (Hint: you should locate 88 clusters).

Search key(s):

How is CRPG’s edition in cluster 28 different from UKBP’s in cluster 29?

CONCLUSION: Write no more than one page, double-spaced, about your experience
searching in OCLC and RLIN.

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