Look at the checklist of features below and comment on which of these features are in evidence and how successful has been the design of each OPAC. You should include in your evaluation: the name of the library, the URL since you are accessing the module via the Internet and suggestions for improvement in regards to the following checklist.

1-Overall Picture The way the page looks, fonts, color, background, text space, banners, photos…

2-Database characteristics – for example what information is displayed (call number, author, title, subject heading(s), location, loan status, and so on)

3-Operational control – for instance the ability to place holds or reserves, viewing of items on loan to a user, downloading of records to own PC, and e-mailing of results

4-Searching facilities offered – for example does the system provide: keyword searching and of what fields,

5-Boolean operations, adjacency operator, word proximity operator, limiting of search by dates and other characteristics, hypertext links from one record to a related record, and saving of search results

6-Subject search aids – that is what is available: searching an online dictionary, browsing of classification, subject headings, and display of cross-references

7-Screen display options – for example which of the following are available: choice of brief and full record display, and circulation status displayed with copy number and/or call number?

8-Output control options – examples include user selection of specific fields to display, ability to display the results of several searches, user-specified sort keys, and display of retrieved records in different orders of probable relevance

9-User assistance functions – which of the following are available: online tutorial, general help messages, error messages (are they clear?), and spell checking software,

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