WorldCat Discovery now supports print book selection and displays electronic resource notes

February changes to WorldCat Discovery Services help users more easily distinguish between print and electronic books and identify electronic resources available through the service. Users can now refine their searches to show only print books through a new “print book” facet. Collection- or title-level notes for electronic content now display to help users determine coverage details and location information for the collections/titles to which their library subscribes.  

New features added in January/February

New features added in January/February:

  • Print book facet
    Now users can separate e-books from print books in their results sets. The new “print book” facet introduces new functionality unique to discovery services, helping users limit to their desired format from the more than 300 million print books and 16 million e-books currently available through WorldCat Discovery. The new facet is available now, but the underlying data in WorldCat Discovery must be re-indexed to have this facet display results properly. This re-indexing is in process and is expected to be complete by the end of the month.
  • Electronic resource notes
    WorldCat Discovery now displays collection and title level notes entered into the WorldCat knowledge base about electronic resources. This way, users can locate electronic items easier and see coverage details within the discovery interface.

Support for library group transitions to WorldCat Discovery

OCLC provides group-specific implementation support for library groups that share a subscription to WorldCat Discovery. To request assistance with your group’s transition from FirstSearch to WorldCat Discovery, please contact OCLC.

Start your transition to WorldCat Discovery

Access to FirstSearch will end on December 31, 2015. Join us at an upcoming webinar on February 19, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern to learn more about WorldCat Discovery and how to get started.

WorldCat Discovery is available to all current FirstSearch, WorldCat Local and WorldShare Management Services subscribers as part of existing, current subscriptions. Libraries are encouraged to start their transition to WorldCat Discovery at

Training and documentation resources are available at

About WorldCat Discovery

WorldCat Discovery Services helps people find and get the electronic, digital and physical resources they need in their local library and in the collections of thousands of other libraries around the world. It puts library collections on the Web, where users start their research.