The latest enhancements for WorldCat Local includes A-Z lists, facet persistence, anchored phrases and more.
Additions to the popular discovery and delivery service include the following new member-requested features:
A-Z list completes the integrated OpenURL resolution functionality
A new A-Z journal list feature now available in WorldCat Local gives library users even more ways to find the journal or journal article that they’re looking for. Users can now browse a library’s collections with an integrated A-Z listing of available e-journals, made possible by the WorldCat knowledge base. The A-Z list completes the OpenURL resolver functionality available for WorldCat Local libraries: inbound and outbound linking and the A-Z list are included at no additional charge to subscribers.
The new A-Z list functionality includes tabs to find articles, eJournals and eBooks. With this enhancement,
WorldCat Local now includes complete OpenURL resolution at no additional charge.
Full-text searching coming soon
Full-text searching functionality is coming soon to WorldCat Local. This new feature will evolve as new full-text databases are loaded into the central index.
Persistent facet selection
Now as you browse through results pages, the facets you initially select will stay selected until you do a new search or manually change them. This will save time for searchers who navigate from records to a results list using their browser's “back” button.
Thanks to member feedback, Boolean operators now work only when used in all caps (AND, OR, NOT). Lowercase versions of these words have been added to the Common Word Exclusion list:
English: a an and (lowercase) are as at be but by for from had have he her his how in is it not (lowercase) of on or (lowercase) that the this to was which with you
French: de la le les des un une
German: der das dass du er sie es wer wie mit am im in aus auf ist sein wird ihr ihre ihres als von mit dich dir mich mir mein sein kein wird
Anchored phrase searches
If you want to search for an exact phrase in a specific index, you can now use an equals sign (=) in combination with an index label. For example, the query ti=gone with the wind now searches for the anchored phrase “gone with the wind” in the title (ti) index. This will retrieve records containing exactly this phrase and only this phrase in the fields/subfields that are indexed for title search.
For regular phrase searching, you may also continue to enclose search terms in double quotes when using an index label in combination with a colon (:). For example, the query ti:"gone with the wind” searches for the phrase “gone with the wind” occurring anywhere within the fields/subfields that are indexed for title search and will therefore match on records containing, for example, “gone with the wind revisited” or “Margaret Mitchell’s gone with the wind letters.”
New content is added to WorldCat Local on a regular basis. The central index now includes three new databases:
- Oxford Handbooks Online from Oxford University Press
- Oxford Scholarship Online from Oxford University Press
- National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Abstracts Database from the U.S. Department of Justice (publicly available)
Six additional databases from EBSCO are now available for searching via remote access:
- Criminal Justice Abstracts
- Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text
- Educational Administration Abstracts
- Family Studies Abstracts
- Historical Abstracts with Full Text
- SocINDEX with Full Text