WorldCat Discovery adds citations, improves temporary lists and more

WorldCat Discovery Services now includes APA, MLA and Chicago citations to help students and faculty cite their sources and format them automatically. Improvements to the temporary list feature supports information-gathering for larger research projects. Many libraries also now have more time to transition to WorldCat Discovery, with the extension of unlimited access to FirstSearch.

New features added in July

New features added in July 2015:

  • Automated citations for APA, MLA and Chicago
    Users can now cite their sources from WorldCat Discovery automatically, in addition to using EndNote or RefWorks. The service supports APA, MLA and Chicago citation styles to help users quickly format their citations correctly.
  • Improvements to temporary lists
    Now users who make a session-based list can add up to 100 items to their temporary list, and email or print the list to include local call numbers and locations. These enhancements make it easier for researchers with larger projects to follow up on all their sources—or for reference staff or faculty members to print lists for use by others.
  • More time to transition
    Based on member feedback, OCLC will extend unlimited access to FirstSearch beyond the previously announced date of December 31, 2015 to a to-be-determined date in late 2016. Access to per-search searching on FirstSearch will end on December 31, 2015.

New historical, general reference and fashion industry content added to WorldCat Discovery

New content added to WorldCat Discovery this month includes a focus on American history, women’s suffrage and slavery from Accessible Archives, Inc. and Adam Matthew Digital, fashion resources and original documents in the Churchill Archive from Bloomsbury Publishing, general reference from Credo Reference and Britannica Online Japan, agricultural studies, metals and South African-accredited journals from Sabinet.

Start your transition to WorldCat Discovery

WorldCat Discovery will replace FirstSearch on December 31, 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 at Then use the WorldCat Discovery support and training resources to configure your new site and learn about searching.

Learn more at an upcoming webinar

Register for the upcoming webinar on July 30, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. EDT US [UTC -4] to learn how to start your transition to WorldCat Discovery.

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.