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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 sundog.usask.ca/airpac into your mobile device internet browser and then select the search of your choice from the drop down menu. To move up and down, use the standard navigation buttons on the mobile device itself or the arrows at the bottom of the mobile device's screen if available.

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 Internet ready connection path.


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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: Title, Author, Word, Subject, Call Number

Advanced Search: Keyword Searching, Limit by Language, Material Type, Location, Year, Sorting by Date, Title, Relevance

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?

Mobility, of course, is the main advantage. You can search the catalogue from the classroom, while browsing the stacks, or from an Internet cafe.

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.

Why in the Mobile Catalogue are some fields like Summary and Contents repeated in a record?

This is a 'known' issue that has been reported to the software vendor responsible for the Mobile Catalogue. They are investigating a solution to this problem.

Why can't I use my NSID to login to my Library account?

Currently, logging into your Library account using your NSID and password is not available with this version of the Mobile Catalogue software. This feature will be available in the next release of the software expected later in the year.


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