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Mobile Catalogue FAQ

Accessing the Mobile Catalogue

Technical issues

Using the Mobile Catalogue



How do I access the Mobile Catalogue?

If you are able to access the internet on your mobile device, type mcat.usask.ca into your mobile device internet browser and then select the collection you would like to search from the drop down menu. 

The Mobile Catalogue is also available through the University of Saskatchewan's iUsask iPhone application.


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Why does the Mobile Catalogue look so different?

The look of the catalogue screens viewed via the Mobile Catalogue will vary depending upon your device.

What mobile devices can the Mobile Catalogue support?

The Mobile Catalogue software supports any handheld devices, PDAs or mobile phones, which provide access to the internet.

How can I use the Mobile Catalogue service via mobile devices?

Two components are required: Internet ready mobile device and an Internet connection using wifi or mobile data.


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What can I do once I get into the Mobile Catalogue?

The Mobile Catalogue offers many of the same functions as the standard library catalogue:

Searching: Search the entire library collection or limit your search to electronic resources, journal titles, music recordings and scores, theses, government publications, data & GIS files or the audio visual collection.

Patron Information: View items checked out, renew checked out items, view fines, view and cancel requests.

What can't the Mobile Catalogue do?

The Mobile Catalogue does not have the ability to save or export records, search course reserve lists, or links to Encyclopaedia Britannica or other Library catalogues.

When is the Mobile Catalogue more useful than the catalogue in the library?

Convenience, of course, is the main advantage. You can search the catalogue from the classroom, while browsing the stacks, or anywhere you have a wireless or data connection on your mobile device.

How accessible is the the Mobile Catalogue for those with a disability?

The Mobile Catalogue is compliant with the U.S. government's Section 508 standards for web site accessibility, as well as the W3 Consortium's Priority 1 checklist of guidelines for accessibility. This compliance is essential for library patrons with disabilities because it makes sites more accessible in screen reading software.


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