Answered By: Harry L. Whitlock II
Last Updated: Jun 28, 2017     Views: 28

Yes, the "My Lists" option in a library account is a very frustrating interface. These issues have been reported to those who manage it. Until these issues have been fixed we suggest using an option that should save you from being frustrated with the library catalog (which is also called the OPAC - Online Public Access Catalog).

If you aren't already familiar with the "Citation Management Systems" available for UW students, faculty, and staff, this library guide explains these different systems. Of these, RefWorks interfaces with the OPAC. This interface allows you to save the bibliographic information about the book in the same way the My Lists option works with your library account.

Authorized UW library users have access to this free software. The information on the library guide will tell you more information. Click on the "RefWorks" tab and read the information. While on that page click on the "If you don't have a RefWorks account, sign up now!" link and set up your account. Now you will be able to save the information you want into a web-based application that will allow you to view titles that you have saved, as well as manage bibliographic lists. This application also allows you to save information from database searches for articles.

Let's use this book as an example: Interrogating Popular Culture: Key Questions by Stacy Takacs. Click this link to view the book in the OPAC.

Underneath the title, author, and publication information for this book is a yellow band. Under this band is the call number, location, and availability. Directly under this information is a row of buttons. Look for the one labeled "RefWorks." It is grey and red in color. By clicking this button the interface with RefWorks will be activated and will import the bibliographic information. Simply sign on using the username and password you established when setting up your account when prompted. You will see that this application works a lot smoother and simpler than the OPAC interface.

If you have any problems setting up your account, please contact us.

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