WorldCat Discovery improves editions and formats displays, printing

WorldCat Discovery Services users see three user-requested improvements this month: it’s now easier to see additional editions or formats, print search results and get more descriptive information about a particular item. For library users, these changes mean you can now explore the richness of WorldCat in a more intuitive way, and save search results for a longer term follow up. For library reference desk staffers, you can now more easily find the exact edition users might be looking for, so you can hand them a print-out of relevant results.

New features added in March

New features added in March 2015:

  • Improved editions and formats displays
    WorldCat Discovery now displays additional editions and formats of a representative work in a more intuitive sort order and layout. This change makes it easier for users to see alternate editions or formats available at your library, and in libraries worldwide.
  • Enhanced printing capabilities
    Now users can print from their browser or from a temporary list and see results sets specifically formatted for print.
  •  Additional description fields shown
    Searchers will now see three additional fields in the “description” pane within WorldCat Discovery results, when available:
    • Ownership and custodial history notes
    • Use and reproduction notes
    • Publication information such as location, start and stop dates

New documentation available for WorldCat Discovery matches up the bibliographic fields and what is displayed in WorldCat Discovery.

The new Searching WorldCat Indexes guide also provides comprehensive coverage about the additional fields shown and many, many more. The guide shows MARC fields and subfields indexed for each WorldCat index, gives examples and provides information about how each index works to help construct searches that retrieve the records you need.

New scientific content added to WorldCat Discovery

New centrally-indexed content added to WorldCat Discovery this month includes scientific and technical content from IEEE, Project Euclid, SAGE, SciELO among others. New remote databases available include CINAHL Complete from EBSCO and ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global from ProQuest.

Start your transition to WorldCat Discovery

Access to FirstSearch will end on December 31, 2015. Join us at an upcoming webinar on March 19, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern to learn how and why to transition to WorldCat Discovery.

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.