The World of On-Line Libraries
Library Catalogues and Databases
NOTE TO USERS: Most connections to on-line library catalogues are made
via telnet. (You must have a telnet client program configured to
work with your Web browser for telnet links to work.) When you are connected
to a remote system through a telnet session, you are off the Web and your
computer becomes a terminal for the remote computer, giving commands to
the software on the remote system. If you encounter problems in establishing
a telnet connection, check to see if your Web client and telnet client
are working together properly.
USING TELNET CONNECTIONS: For most library telnet connections, you will
be prompted for a public-access login name by the library's computer. Enter
the login name supplied below for each library. Each system, alas, has
a different way to exit; note the instructions for exiting the system you
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Direct Connections to Some Major Research Libraries
Library of Congress (telnet)
Type 1 (menu item 1) for catalogue. To exit the catalogue, type exit;
to exit the system, type 12 (menu item 12, for logoff).
University of California Melvyl Library
When prompted for terminal, type in vt100. To exit, type end.
At -->, login as ul. Press CR/ENTER when asked about terminal type
if you are using VT100 emulation. To exit the database, type end.
Select 3 for library catalogues; type x to exit a menu level, q to
Press CR/ENTER at first screen if terminal info is correct for you.
Type hollis on the Harvard Univ./Office for Information Technology screen.
To exit HOLLIS, hit ESCAPE xx (escape key followed by xx).
Enter terminal type as VT100. Follow on-screen instructions, then choose
library. Type e to end or choose menu item to logoff.
ENTER TERMINAL TYPE: vt100 (plus two CR/ENTERs); to exit (quit) type
University of London, Consortium
Enter username library. Choose menu iten 1 for VT100 terminal emulation.
To exit, type quit or exit.
University of Michigan
At the HOST? prompt, enter MIRLYN; At the terminal type prompt, type
VT100 (or CR/ENTER if system tells you are a VT100 terminal). On the UofM
screen, press CR/ENTER. To exit, type stop.
Washington University's World Window
A public access server to libraries worldwide.
Type CR/ENTER to connect to public access server; type q to quit at
At TERMINAL TYPE enter VT100. For database selection, type in OPAC.
To exit, type in stop.
All the Libraries in the World: Hytelnet
Hytelnet was developed by Peter Scott, University of Saskatchewan Libraries,
Saskatoon, Sask., Canada.
There are several Web sites for Hytelnet directories of Library Catalogues.
Choose one close to you for best results.
Help Files for Using Hytelnet and Telnet Connections
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