Jul 18, 2024  
2021-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Online Catalog User Guide


1.  Selecting a Different Catalog

2.  Searching the Catalog

2.1  Search Options

3.  Browsing the Catalog

3.1  Printing Pages of the Catalog

4.  Using the My Portfolio

4.1  Create a My Portfolio Account

4.2  Login and Logout of the My Portfolio

4.3  Edit Your My Portfolio Profile


  For additional help, please contact Support.

 1. Selecting a Different Catalog


There may be more than one catalog available in the Oakland University system at a time. You may easily select a different catalog to browse at any time.

To select a new catalog, simply make your choice from the drop down list at the top right of the page and click the GO button.

Some catalogs in the drop down list may have the word [ARCHIVED] after them. Generally, these are older catalogs that are no longer up to date but are still available for browsing.

You may add information from any of the available catalogs to your own personal My Portfolio. See below to learn more about Using the My Portfolio.


 2. Searching the Catalog


The Catalog Search (shown at the top of the navigation) allows quick retrieval of catalog data that matches your interests.

To use the Catalog Search, simply enter a search keyword or phrase and click the GO button. The search will attempt to find any matching data in the catalog including courses, programs and departments or other data.

To navigate among the different pages of search results, simply click on the page number to view. If there are more than ten pages of results, you can jump ten pages at a time backward or forward within the result lists by clicking the Back 10 and Forward 10 links. You can always jump to the first or last page of results by clicking on the first and last page numbers. The page of results you are currently viewing will always be highlighted.

If no results are found, you may need to expand your search by using the search options.


 2.1. Search Options


Search options are available by clicking on the Search Options 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 catalog content.

To limit your search to only specific types of catalog content, check only the checkboxes for data which you wish to search.

Check the Find Whole Word or Phrase Only check box to search for an exact match for a keyword of 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 the Search button to perform the search.


 3. Browsing the Catalog



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

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

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

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

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

FlashPoint™ Links

Some schools, 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 Catalog


You may easily print every page of any catalog (or this help document) by using a variety of different methods.

To print a page, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the “ Print this page.” link. A new pop up window will open up with just the body of the page in it (no navigation or header). This page will then automatically attempt to print. If the page with the “ Print this page.” link on it is already a popped up window, it will just attempt to print the current window.

Problems with Gateway Print Links

If you attempt to print a page of the Gateway and you are redirected here, your browser does not support printing from a link. For instance, most Macintosh based web browsers do not support this feature.

In order to print pages of the Gateway, you may need to use the operating system or web browser’s built in print functions instead.

To print on a PC, use one of the following methods:

  • Press CTRL-P on your keyboard.
  • Select the “File” -> “Print” menu option.
  • Right click the web page and choose the “Print” option.

To print on a Macintosh, use one of the following methods:

  • Press CMD-P on your keyboard.
  • Select the “File” -> “Print” menu option.


 4. Using the My Portfolio


You may add items to your own personal My Portfolio as you browse through the online catalogs. The My Portfolio 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 Oakland University catalogs.

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

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

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

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

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

 4.1. Create a My Portfolio Account


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


 4.2. Login and Logout of the My Portfolio


To login to your My Portfolio account, simply choose My Portfolio 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 Retrieve Password button and your password will be e-mailed to you.

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


 4.3. Edit Your My Portfolio Profile


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

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.