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WorldCat Discovery Services

Connect your users to the information they need.
Connect your library to the world.

Search WorldCat, the world’s most comprehensive library database

Identify resources at your library and in the collections of the world’s libraries. Library users and staff use WorldCat Discovery to search the WorldCat database of electronic, digital and physical resources; to identify materials they need and to find out where they are available.

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Expand your collection

People can discover more than 1.5 billion electronic, digital and physical resources with access to WorldCat and a central index of more than 2,000 e-content collections from providers such as Gale, ProQuest, Elsevier, Springer and others.

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Simplify your search

A new, mobile-ready discovery interface provides consolidated access to your electronic, physical and digital collections through a single search.

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Borrow, buy or connect to full text

Staff and users can choose from integrated delivery options: link directly to full text, link to your OPAC, borrow from another library or buy items directly from content sellers. Connect to full text through built-in link resolution and an A to Z list when you have holdings in the WorldCat knowledge base.

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Be visible where users start their search

WorldCat Discovery connects users back to your library from and more than 50 popular consumer websites such as Google, Goodreads and Wikipedia when your library uses an OCLC cataloging subscription to represent its collections in WorldCat.

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Customize your discovery experience

Options like real-time availability status, group views, remote database search, course reserves and more let you add functionality based on what's best for your library and its users.

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You choose your implementation

WorldCat Discovery is available to all current FirstSearch subscribers as part of existing subscriptions. You choose how you want it implemented:

  • Access to WorldCat
  • As a secondary discovery service
  • As your primary discovery service

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What's new for OCLC FirstSearch® users

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See what's new and next for FirstSearch users, and get a preview of WorldCat Discovery in this 3-minute video.

"WorldCat Discovery is the most effective platform for managing and accessing health sciences e-resources. We transitioned the entire LSHSL collection from print to electronic using WorldCat Discovery."

Sean Varner
ant Director of Systems, Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library, Howard University

"I use WorldCat 10 - 15 times a day at least, sometimes more. I couldn't do my job without WorldCat. The breadth of collections is unparalleled."

Tommy Nixon
MLIS Subject Librarian for Classics, Dramatic Art, & English/Comparative Literature, Davis Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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