WorldCat Discovery adds availability, editions and formats on brief results, more full text fulfillment and more

The brief results display in WorldCat Discovery Services now shows optional availability, editions and formats information in the initial search results—saving users multiple clicks. WorldCat Discovery now also provides access to articles for Get It Now subscribers using WorldCat Discovery’s integrated link resolution. This means faster access to full text content not available in your local collections.

New features added in August

New features added in August 2015:

  • Availability on brief results
    All libraries that have added the availability option to their WorldCat Discovery subscription now see real-time availability and item location information on brief results. This means users know immediately whether an item is available locally and where they can find it on library shelves.
  • Editions and formats on brief results
    WorldCat Discovery brief results now show a prominent “Other editions and formats” link on relevant titles. This new link gives users an immediate visual prompt to know other editions exist and could potentially meet their needs, without needing to click the title for more details.
  • Get It Now functionality
    Now libraries that subscribe to the Get It Now service can provide access to full-text articles in journals not available in their local collections through WorldCat Discovery. This gives users fast, easy access to articles not available to them locally, through the integrated link resolver functionality in WorldCat Discovery.

New peer-reviewed journals, ebooks and research content added to WorldCat Discovery

New content added to WorldCat Discovery this month includes includes topics as diverse as archaeology to concrete, turn-of-the-century Japanese magazines to optics and photonics engineering. Content providers include Equinox Publishing, NetAdvance, Sabinet, SAGE, SPIE and Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.

Learn more at the upcoming webinars

Register for one of the upcoming WorldCat Discovery webinars:

  • WorldCat Discovery Best Practices on 23 September 2015 at 11:30 a.m. EDT US [UTC -4]
    Join Sean Varner, the Assistant Director of Systems for Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library at Howard University and Robyn Gleasner and Jacob Louis Nash from the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center as they share how they implemented WorldCat Discovery to meet the needs of their students, faculty and staff.

  • Ready, Set, GO: Making the move from FirstSearch to WorldCat Discovery on 24 September at 1:00 p.m. EDT US [UTC -4]
    Come see what WorldCat Discovery Services are, how they work and how you can begin your library’s transition to WorldCat Discovery.

New OCLC community center for WorldCat Discovery

Libraries that have transitioned to WorldCat Discovery can begin using the OCLC Community Center to connect to and collaborate with peers, ask questions and gain insight about products, see and contribute enhancement ideas. Libraries can sign in with their OCLC Services account and symbol to gain access to the OCLC Community Center.

Start your transition to WorldCat Discovery

WorldCat Discovery will replace FirstSearch on 31 December 2015 for per-search access and in late 2016 for unlimited searching. WorldCat Discovery is available to all current FirstSearch, WorldCat Local and WorldShare Management Services subscribers as part of existing subscriptions at no additional cost.

Let OCLC know you are ready to get started by requesting your library’s unique WorldCat Discovery URL. Then use the WorldCat Discovery support and training resources to configure your new site and learn about searching.

About WorldCat Discovery

WorldCat Discovery Services helps your users easily find and get resources from your library and libraries worldwide through a single search of WorldCat and familiar, authoritative e-content collections. It makes your collections visible on popular websites, such as Google, Goodreads and Wikipedia, where people typically start their research.