FirstSearch helps libraries connect users to the information they need, whether it's available in your library's collection or in the collections of other libraries around the world.
WorldCat anchors FirstSearch with its millions of online records built from the bibliographic and ownership information of contributing libraries. Your users can connect to the materials in your library and in other libraries—both print and electronic—from WorldCat records and article citations in other FirstSearch databases. WorldCat records in FirstSearch provide the fastest access to library ownership information.
When you subscribe to the WorldCat database on FirstSearch, your library’s resources become visible in Web sites of popular search engines and other partner Web sites. This means your users will find the resources you provide for them from sites they visit regularly.
Seamlessly linking your users to articles, electronic books and journals, digitized special collections and more, FirstSearch provides an affordable way to give your users access to the world’s information.
Designed for all of your users
FirstSearch offers flexible search options and built-in assistance to point library users to what they need quickly and easily. It helps users identify items (both print and electronic) available in your library and in other libraries. FirstSearch users have a choice of eight interface languages: Arabic, Chinese (traditional and simplified), English, French, Japanese, Korean and Spanish. Users can also search and display WorldCat records in seven non-Latin scripts: Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Greek, Hebrew, Japanese and Korean.
Flexible purchase options
Choose from three ordering options to suit your budget: annual subscriptions to databases you select; per-search (in blocks of 500 searches) for access to many databases; or a combination of both. Ordering FirstSearch as a group or through your consortium can save you money—your OCLC representative can help you decide which option is best for you. In addition, through OCLC's Online Service Center, individual libraries may quickly order either blocks of searches or database subscriptions—and manage their authorizations.
Linking integrates your resources
FirstSearch's linking features let you fully integrate both your collections and other services.
Outbound links. From within FirstSearch, your users can link to your library's online catalog or OpenURL resolver, other libraries' Z39.50 catalogs and subscription services such as JSTOR archives. Setting up OPAC links in FirstSearch automatically enables links to your catalog from the WorldCat Web interface, exposing your collection to users on the Web.
Inbound links. If you subscribe to other information services like EBSCOhost, booksinprint.com, InfoTrac or ProQuest, your users can link from these to library ownership information in WorldCat as well as fulfillment options that include WorldCat Resource Sharing and document delivery from CISTI and Infotrieve.
Integrated Resource Sharing
Library users can initiate full OCLC resource sharing requests directly in FirstSearch, saving time and improving workflow. While in the FirstSearch staff view, your staff can enter shipping and billing information, lender strings, borrowing notes and other details.
Greater visibility for your collections
Since its introduction in 1991, FirstSearch has helped library users identify and locate resources in library collections. More recently, OCLC programs and services have made it considerably easier to enhance the visibility of library collections to much broader audiences, specifically those who begin their searches on the Web through popular search engines, popular bookseller sites, and Web sites that display the WorldCat search box.
By maintaining a subscription to the WorldCat database on FirstSearch and contributing library holdings information to WorldCat, you enhance the visibility of your library holdings to Web users through WorldCat on the Web. Information seekers who begin searching on selected search engines like Yahoo! Search and Google, as well as bookseller sites like Amazon.com, ABAA and others, can link to library holdings through "Find in a Library" entries they uncover in search results. The WorldCat search box—available from WorldCat.org for free download to public and personal Web sites—leads searchers to a public view of ALL WorldCat holdings and links to items in library online catalogs.