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Several college libraries in the Boston area now have on-line catalogs which

the public can access. Each one uses a different system, though, so to help

you out, here is a guide to systems we know work and how to get into them. All

accept 8-1-N settings (except UMass-Boston) and an 80-character screen is

recommended. All have fairly easy to understand on-line help sections. Some

may require a specific baud rate. If you have questions, all have voice

numbers, or you can leave a message for the sysop on Fred the Middlesex News

Computer, (508) 872-8461. Happy hunting!

BOSTON UNIVERSITY: TOMUS. Data for 710,000 books and publications.

ACCESS: (617) 353-9601 (either 300 or 1200 baud). Hit enter a couple of times,

then type ``connect bux and hit enter. When you get the ``bux prompt, type

``telnet library (no ``e after the ``l in telnet). Hit enter. Keyword search supports Boolean searches. To log off, type ``end, hit enter,

``quit, enter and then ``off and enter. Voice help: (617) 353-3704.

BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY: LOUIS (Library On-line User Information System). Catalogs

roughly 90 percent of the university's two main libraries and most current

periodicals. Older periodicals, government documents and most books and

periodicals in Hebrew or Yiddish are NOT cataloged.

ACCESS: (617) 736-4690 (1200 baud). Hit enter a couple of times, and you're in

the system. To log off, type ``end. Voice help: (617) 736-4670. MIT: BARTON. Includes all material acquired since 1974 except for periodical articles, maps, pamphlets and non-MIT technical reports. Some pre-1974 publications are included. ACCESS: (617) 258-6700 (1200 baud). Hit enter a couple of times. Uses same software as LOUIS at Brandeis. To log off, type ``end. Voice help: call

(617) 253-7018 or 253-1617 for connection problems, (617) 253-5683 for other


TUFTS UNIVERSITY: TULIPS. Catalogs 300,000 books, 25,000 serials. Older

publications and most government documents not included.

ACCESS: (617) 381-3812 (1200 baud); 381-3824 (2400 baud). At ``enter

selection prompt, hit L and then enter. For ``username, type ``TULIPS and hit enter. It takes a few moments for the system to connect. If you use communications software that does not support VT100 or VT220 emulation directly (such as Telix), your screen will begin to flash and seem to go berserk. Wait until it stops, then type ``?? (yes, two of them) and you will

get a help screen. Uses more complicated search system than other catalogs, so

read directions carefully. Voice help: (617) 381-3345.

WELLESLEY COLLEGE: INNOPAC. Covers 350,000 books, 8,000 magazines. Does not

include government documents.

ACCESS: VT100 emulation required. (617) 237-9010 (1200 baud). At ``username prompt, type ``library and hit enter. At ``local prompt, type ``connect lib-cat. In addition to standard searches, lets you see what books are

shelved near the one you originally requested. Voice help: (617) 235-0320,

ext. 2104.


books and periodicals and some government documents and maps.

ACCESS: 7-1-E. (617) 265-3598 or 265-0393 (300 or 1200 baud); (617) 265-0883

or 265-9882 (2400 baud). At ``enter service prompt, type ``server and hit

enter three or four times. At ``server prompt, type ``connect libra and

hit enter. At ``username, type ``catalog, hit enter. You'll then be asked for your terminal type. Make a choice and hit enter. Uses a more complicated search system than other libraries, so read on-line help screens carefully. Voice help: (617) 929-7622 or 929-7635. ——————————— BOSTON LIBRARY CONSORTIUM/ UNION LIST OF SERIALS. Catalogs all periodicals and serials held by a number of libraries in the Boston area, including the ones above, the State Library and some others. Located in Colorado, because the consortium is using an existing system there to help develop its own. ACCESS: (303) 830-1546, 1547, or 1548. Hit enter a couple of times, then enter terminal type. Hit enter for main menu. Boston material is located in area 17. Supports the Boolean AND function when you add words together. Type "quicksearch for other search commands.

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