Acalog ACMS™ Online Help
   

This document contains help on the following topics:

  1. Selecting a Different Bulletin
  2. Searching the Bulletin
    1. Search Options
  3. Browsing the Bulletin
    1. Printing Pages of the Bulletin
  4. Using the Personal Catalog Feature
    1. Create a Personal Catalog Account
    2. Login and Logout of Personal Catalog Feature
    3. Edit Your Personal Catalog Profile

For additional help, please contact Support.

 

 1. Selecting a Different Bulletin

There may be more than one bulletin available from the Hofstra University system e-catalog Gateway at a time. If there is more than one, you will see a dropdown box toward the top of the page with the name of the current bulletin. Clicking the dropdown box provides access to other available bulletins. Selecting an alternate bulletin will load it into the Gateway. If you do not see the dropdown box, then only a single bulletin is currently published.

You may add information from any of the available bulletins to your own personal Personal Catalog. See below to learn more about Using the Personal Catalog Feature.

 

 2. Searching the Bulletin

The Bulletin Search (shown at the top of the navigation) allows quick retrieval of bulletin content that matches your interests.

To use the Bulletin Search, simply enter a search keyword or phrase and press ENTER. The search will find any matching content in the bulletin including courses, programs, school/colleges, departments or other narrative content.

 2.1. Search Options

Search options are available by clicking on the Advanced Search link below the regular search form or by clicking the Modify Search Options link after performing a search. The search options offer more precise searching of the bulletin content.

To limit your search to only specific types of bulletin content, check only the checkboxes for content categories you wish to include in your search.

Check the "Whole Word/Phrase" check box to search for an exact match for a keyword or phrase. For instance, entering "bio" will only return hits in which the term "bio" stands alone; it will not return any instances of the term "biology". The same is true if you enter a phrase.

Click "Show Prefix List" to display a list of all course prefixes available in the bulletin. You may enter a keyword phrase that includes a course prefix and code (like "ENG 101") to better locate a specific course. The closest available matches will be returned first.

Click the Search button to perform the search.

 

 3. Browsing the Bulletin

Overview

You may easily browse through the bulletins by using the different navigation links on the left side of the page. Each bulletin may have its own distinct set of navigation links.

Some links may display pages about the bulletin or other related information. Other links may display listings of courses or programs within the bulletin. These navigation links may display other information that is broken down by various methods such as by school/colleges, by departments, or by program, or course types.

Some pages may show "Go to Information..." links following a school/college or department which, when clicked, will display more information about that school/college or department.

Course and program titles are almost always shown as links. Clicking on a course title will display course information below the course title about the course and a link to Add to Personal Catalog (course information may be shown in a pop up window if you have an older browser). Clicking on a program title will display all the related information for the program as well as the Add program to Personal Catalog link.

Clicking on the Add to Personal Catalog link will add information to your Personal Catalog for later retrieval. See below to learn more about Using the Personal Catalog Feature.

FlashPoint™ Links

Some school/colleges, departments, programs, and courses may have FlashPoint Links associated with them that may be a text link or a click-able graphic. These FlashPoint Links are links to an additional digital resource. The digital resource may be another web page, a text document, audio, video, or many other types of media and may require a special browser plug-in.

To view a FlashPoint Link, simply click on it. All FlashPoint Links will be displayed in a new pop up window.

 3.1. Printing Pages of the Bulletin

To print a page click the print link. The "Print Friendly" version will open up with just the content of the page in it (no navigation or header). If you click the print link on a "Print Friendly" page the browser will popup with the print dialog allowing you to print that page.

Problems with Gateway Print Links

If your browser does not support the print link you may need to use the operating system or web browser's built in print functions instead.

 

 4. Using the Personal Catalog Feature

You may add items to your own personal Personal Catalog as you browse through the online bulletins. The Personal Catalog feature will retain a list of courses, programs, pages, divisions and saved searches that you have found interesting and wish to save for future visits to the online Hofstra University bulletins.

To add items click the Add to Personal Catalog link next to the item in which you are interested.  This will open a new popup window that displays all items currently in your Personal Catalog.

You may remove items from your Personal Catalog by selecting the checkboxes next to them and clicking the Remove button.

Note: Items suffixed with the text [From Previous Bulletin] are from older, outdated bulletins that are no longer available. You will need to search within newer bulletins to find alternative information to replace them.

The Personal Catalog feature is based on an account system. You must sign up in order to permanently store items in the Personal Catalog feature.

The Personal Catalog feature will store your favorite items using a combination of temporary and permanent storage in a database. This method requires that you register an account and login to permanently save information in the Personal Catalog. Items are still stored temporarily in the database until you login to your Personal Catalog. Once you login, any temporary information will be saved into your account for permanent storage.

 4.1. Create a Personal Catalog Account

To create a Personal Catalog account, simply choose My Personal Catalog from the left hand navigation and click on the create an account link. Now enter a valid e-mail address and a password.

If you wish to have an admissions advisor contact you, select the contact checkbox. An advisor will contact you via e-mail.

When done, click the Create Account button to create the account.

Note: it is important to use a valid e-mail address in case you ever forget your password.

The account will be created and you will be logged in automatically. Any items you had already added to your Personal Catalog will now be stored permanently in your account.

 4.2. Login and Logout of the Personal Catalog Feature

To login to your Personal Catalog account, simply choose My Personal Catalog from the left hand navigation, enter your e-mail address and password and click the Login button.

If you have forgotten your password, just enter your e-mail address and click the Reset Password button. An email will be sent to the email address you used to sign up for your My Personal Catalog account with a link that will enable you to reset your password.

To logout, simply view your Personal Catalog and click the Logout link at top right.

 4.3. Edit Your Personal Catalog Profile

To edit your Personal Catalog account information, login to your Personal Catalog account and click on the Edit Profile link at the top right of the Personal Catalog feature.

You may change your account login by entering a new e-mail address and clicking the Send button.

To change your password, click on the Change Password link. A pop up window will prompt you for a new password. Enter a new password and confirmation and click the Reset button. When you are finished, you may close the pop up window.