Contact

Alumnae Library
Matthew Sheridan
Head of Digital Special Collections & Technical Services

413-265-2285
sheridanm@elms.edu

Contact

Alumnae Library
Lynn Gamble
Acquisitions/Cataloger

413-265-2286
gamblel@elms.edu

 

My Account

Information at Your Fingertips

A Guide for Survival in the Information Jungle

 

To Access "My Account" | Change Password| Add InterLibrary Loan | Check Items | Available Databases

 

"My Account" in OCLC FirstSearch

By logging into OCLC's "My Account" while searching the databases you may:

  1. Track InterLibrary Loans that you have requested (see when an item has arrived at either the lending library or the Elms)
  2. Renew books you have on InterLibrary Loan
  3. Save search strategies

 

To Access "My Account"

  1. At Library Website
  2. Click "Electronic Databases"
  3. Log in
  4. Click on "WorldCat" or whichever FirstSearch Dabatase you wish to use
  5. At main database screen -
  6. Click "My Account" (located upper right-hand side of screen)
  7. If you have not already registered for an account
  8. Click "New User Registration" (located next to username & password)
  9. At Registration Form
  10. Fill out all fields with an asterisk. Filling in optional fields like phone and address are strongly suggested. The staff will use these fields as an alternative way of contacting you.
  11. Usernames and passwords must be at least 8 characters/numbers
  12. When finished filling out the form, click "Register"
  13. You should see a message that says "You have been registered successfully" in green next to a white checkmark 
  14. You should also see your name in the upper right hand corner of the screen (hello Jane Doe)

 

To Change Your Password

  1. At Library Website
  2. Click "Electronic Databases"
  3. Log in
  4. Click on "WorldCat" or whichever FirstSearch Dabatase you wish to use
  5. At main database screen -
  6. Click "My Account" (located upper right-hand side of screen)
  7. Log in 
  8. Click "My Account" again
  9. At the "My Account" screen -
  10. Scroll own to the section that starts "Change Your Password"
  11. Type in your old password
  12. Type in your new password
  13. Retype your new password 
  14. Click "Change Password"
  15. You should see a message that says "Your password has been updated successfully" in green next to a white checkmark

 

To Add InterLibrary Loan to "My Account"

  1. At Library Website
  2. Click "Electronic Databases"
  3. Log in
  4. Click on "WorldCat" or whichever FirstSearch Dabatase you wish to use
  5. At main database screen -
  6. Click "My Account" (located upper right-hand side of screen)
  7. Log in
  8. Click "Searching" tab, if not already highlighted by default
  9. Perform a search
  10. Click on item record you want (if not owned by the Elms)
  11. At individual item record -
  12. Click "ILL" icon (upper left-hand corner)
  13. ILL Form will appear - most of the fields should already be filled in using the information you inputted when you registered for "My Account"
  14. You may add a comment or fill in other fields if you wish
  15. Click "Submit"
  16. Screen will go back to item record

 

To Check Items in "My Account"

  1. At Library Website
  2. Click "Electronic Databases"
  3. Log in
  4. Click on "WorldCat" or whichever FirstSearch Dabatase you wish to use
  5. At main database screen -
  6. Click "My Account" (located upper right-hand side of screen)
  7. Log in
  8. Click "Resource Sharing" tab button
  9. You should see a list of items requested with the following listed:
    a. Description - including title, author, and publication information
    b. Pick-up location
    c. Status
    d. Cancel/Renew option
  10. You may cancel or renew an item if a grey button is shown under this column

Note: When you have completed your transactions make sure to "Sign out." The link is located on the top right of the screen.

 

Available Databases

  1. ArticleFirst
  2. Clase and Periodica
  3. Electronic Books (Ebooks)
  4. Electronic Collections OnLine (ECO)
  5. ERIC
  6. GPO (Government Publication Office)
  7. Medline
  8. OAIster
  9. PapersFirst
  10. ProceedingsFirst
  11. WorldCat
  12. WorldCat Dissertations