WorldCat Discovery adds course reserves, topic facet, database groupings and more

Course reserves are now available in WorldCat Discovery Services. WorldCat Discovery—the new service that is scheduled to replace FirstSearch in December 2015—has added many new features this month, including the ability to refine searches by topic, group databases by topic and find additional materials from a given author. These enhancements help users find the specific materials they’re looking for, without needing to know specific search strategies. Additional enhancements this month expand linking for electronic materials, add scoping capabilities to the embedded search box and improve performance time.

New features added in May

New features added in May 2015:

  • Course Resources
    Libraries can now create courses and place library materials on reserve, from the specialized staff view of WorldCat Discovery—even if the course is not currently being taught. Students benefit because they can now search by course name, instructor name, department or prefix from within the discovery experience to find specific course materials available through the library. Public libraries can also use course reserves to create readers’ advisory lists and to support book clubs.

    Course reserves is available as an option in WorldCat Discovery Services. WorldShare Management Services (WMS) libraries, who receive the optional functionality as part of their current subscriptions, can use course reserves now. Course reserves will be available for use by WorldCat Local libraries and any WorldCat Discovery libraries that purchase the additional for-fee option in the coming months. The May release notes have additional information about how to configure course reserves.
  • Topic facet
    WorldCat Discovery users can now narrow their results by subject, based on the top levels of Conspectus, the widely-regarded collection development methodology developed by RLG (now OCLC) for topical categorization of library materials by academic discipline.
  • Database groupings
    Libraries can now organize their databases into customized categories, so that users can search specific databases without having to know specific database names. Examples include category labels such as “newspapers,” “business” or “medicine and health.”
  • Links on author names
    Now when an author’s name appears in search results or lists, WorldCat Discovery users can click it to see additional works by that same author. It makes the search process more intuitive for the user and provides another way to refine or expand existing searches.

New music and medical content added to WorldCat Discovery

New content added to WorldCat Discovery this month includes 13 music and song databases, content from JSTOR about the Ibero-American world and the MA Healthcare database from Mark Allen Group. 

Start your transition to WorldCat Discovery

WorldCat Discovery will replace FirstSearch on December 31, 2015. Many libraries plan to transition in the June-July-August timeframe. Join us at tomorrow’s webinar on 12 May 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern to learn how to start your 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 your users easily find and get resources from libraries worldwide in WorldCat, starting with your collection. It makes your collections visible on the websites where people start their search for information.