LINUS July 2000 : Electronic Resources
Tips on using LINC
Lim-Yeo Pin Pin, Central Library RIS Dept
LINC is the NUS Library INtegrated Catalogue which is the key to the rich resources available in NUS Library. As a new student just joining NUS, you may not be familiar with using LINC. Here are some basic tips on using LINC.
LINC is accessible at all times through the Internet. Point your Web browser to http://linc.nus.edu.sg/. It is available on the campus network and from home.
How to use LINC
To check if NUS Library has a book you want, ask yourself what you know about the book.
If you know the author's name, click on AUTHOR and type the surname, comma, personal name or initial, e.g. Tischler, H and press ENTER.
If there more than one matching entry, a summary list is shown.
Browse the list. If you click on the Extended Display button, you will get the call number of the item but not the full location. You need the call number AND location of the item to find it in the Library. Click on the title you want to view the full record of the book, which gives you location, call number and status.
If you know the title of the book, click on TITLE and type the title, e.g. Introduction to sociology.
If you are not sure of the exact title and the exact order of the words, click on KEYWORD and type some words in the title, e.g. modern intermediate microeconomics.
If you want to check if the Library has a particular magazine, click on TITLE and type in its title, e.g. Asiaweek. If the electronic version is available, click on the link to view it on your desktop provided you are logged in to NUSNET.
How many books do I have on loan?
In LINC, you can use View your own library record to view the books you have checked out, the items you requested and any fines incurred. You can also renew your checked out items once and cancel your request for an item here.
After clicking on View your own library record, you will be asked to enter your name as it appears on your matriculation card, your matriculation number and a personal identification number (PIN).
This PIN is defined by you. The first time you see this screen, whatever you type into the box for PIN will become your PIN. You may use up to 8 characters made up of numbers or alphabets. Click on the Display information on the person above button to see this screen.
To see your checked out books, click on the Items currently checked out button. If you still need the book, renew it only when it is near the due date, as the loan is extended from the day you renew and not from the due date.
To check on the status of your outstanding holds, click on the request outstanding button. You can cancel the request if you do not need the item.
When you do not have items checked out or requests outstanding, the buttons do not appear and you will see only your name with the option to modify your PIN on the screen. Please remember to click on the Start Over button to clear the screen after you are finished viewing your library record to protect your own privacy.
How to make a reservation?
When a book is checked out, LINC shows the book status as DUE. To ensure that you will be the next person to get hold of the book, you should:
When the book is returned to the library, it will be held for you for 5 days at the loan counter of that library where it is held. You will be notified by e-mail that it is ready for pickup. For NUS staff and students, the default e-mail is one assigned by Computer Centre with the . You can also check on the status using View your own library record.
How to get help on LINC
When in LINC, at the main search screen click on help at the bottom left hand side to get step-by-step instructions on how to use LINC.
Alternatively, you can point your Web browser to http://www.lib.nus.edu.sg/lion/l/.
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