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Acalog ACMS™ Online Help   [Archived Catalog]

This document contains help on the following topics:

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

For additional help, please contact support.


 1. Selecting a Different Publication

There may be more than one publication available from the Northwest Vista College 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 publication. Clicking the dropdown box provides access to other available publications. Selecting an alternate publication will load it into the Gateway. If you do not see the dropdown box, then only a single publication is currently published.

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


 2. Searching the Publication

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

To use the Publication Search, simply enter a search keyword or phrase and press ENTER. The search will find any matching content in the publication including courses, programs, schools/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 publication content.

To limit your search to only specific types of publication 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 publication. 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 Publication


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

Some links may display pages about the publication or other related information. Other links may display listings of courses or programs within the publication. These navigation links may display other information that is broken down by various methods such as by schools/colleges, by departments, 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 Publication (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 Publication link.

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

FlashPoint™ Links

Some schools/colleges, departments, programs, and courses may have FlashPoint Links associated with them that may be a text may have FlashPoint Links associated with them that may be a text 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 link or a click-able graphic. These FlashPoint Links are links to Links will be displayed in a new pop up window.

 3.1. Printing Pages of the Publication

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 Publication Feature

You may add items to your own personal Publication as you browse through the online publications. The Publication 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 Northwest Vista College publications.

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

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

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

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

The Publication 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 Publication. Items are still stored temporarily in the database until you login to your Publication. Once you login, any temporary information will be saved into your account for permanent storage.


 4.1. Create a Publication Account

To create a Publication account, simply choose My Publication 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 Publication will now be stored permanently in your account.


 4.2. Login and Logout of the Publication Feature

To login to your Publication account, simply choose My Publication 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 Publication account with a link that will enable you to reset your password.

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


 4.3. Edit Your Publication Profile

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