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Web‐based OPACs in Indian academic libraries: a functional comparison

Kanta Kapoor (Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi, India)
O.P. Goyal (Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi, India)

Program: electronic library and information systems

ISSN: 0033-0337

Article publication date: 31 July 2007

Abstract

Purpose

The paper seeks to provide a comparative analysis of the functionality of five web‐based OPACs available in Indian academic libraries.

Design/methodology/approach

Same‐topic searches were carried out by three researchers on the web‐based OPACs of Libsys, VTLS's iPortal, NewGenLib, Troodon, and Alice for Windows, implemented in five academic libraries in India. Their functionality was compared using criteria selected from the literature on OPAC searching.

Findings

The web‐based OPACs investigated offered a range of facilities for searching by author, title, control number and by keywords. Federated searching across several e‐collections was limited.

Originality/value

This paper should be a useful source of information to librarians who are planning to introduce web‐based OPACs and also for software vendors who wish to improve the functionality of their products.

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Citation

Kapoor, K. and Goyal, O.P. (2007), "Web‐based OPACs in Indian academic libraries: a functional comparison", Program: electronic library and information systems, Vol. 41 No. 3, pp. 291-309. https://doi.org/10.1108/00330330710774165

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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