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WorldCat Discovery Services

WorldCat Discovery helps you:

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Deliver a consolidated discovery experience

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Provide access to WorldCat

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Connect to more than 1.6 billion content items in WorldCat and a central index  

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Support users where they are with mobile-ready views

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Integrate with other library services

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Gain local control to customize the user experience


Deliver a consolidated discovery experience

WorldCat Discovery provides single search box access to your electronic, physical and digital collections. Facets and objective, non-biased relevancy rankings retrieve the most relevant content from WorldCat and your local collections. Command-line search functionality and the ability to limit to individual databases support the needs of library staff and other expert searchers. Specialized staff views show a MARC record display, ILL request integration, OCLC numbers and holdings by symbol.  

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Provide access to WorldCat

WorldCat is the world's most comprehensive library database and represents a global network of data about library collections and services. With more than 328 million records—more than half of which are for non-English content—WorldCat represents the collections of libraries worldwide and has particular strength in print materials.

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Connect to more than 1.6 billion content items in WorldCat and a central index

Using WorldCat Discovery ensures comprehensive resource coverage and content access for your users. The central index provides access to more than 2,000 collections, representing 285 of the world's top publishers, such as ProQuest, Gale and Elsevier. Full text for more than 8+ million open-access content items from HathiTrust, OAIster and GoogleBooks are available, along with 15 million e-books from Overdrive, eBrary, MyiLibrary and others to provide the broadest e-book coverage available to libraries.

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Support users where they are with mobile-ready views

Users benefit from a responsive design interface that automatically adjusts for desktops, tablets and mobile. Data enhancements, such as clustering similar editions and formats of a single work together, along with user-friendly features, such as cover art and the ability to export to RefWorks and EndNote, mark and share items through temporary lists and email, help keep results sets manageable but still provide comprehensive views of what's available.

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Integrate with other library services

WorldCat Discovery integrates with interlibrary loan services such as WorldShare Interlibrary Loan, virtual reference services such as QuestionPoint, digital collection management software, campus research portals—even with alternate discovery services via WorldCat APIs. CONTENTdm® "quick start" software is included in your subscription. This way, you can create digital collections, integrate them into local search results via the WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway and make them visible for searchers worldwide to discover.

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Gain local control to customize the user experience

Your library receives a unique URL for WorldCat Discovery with a customized interface you control to add local branding, colors and logos. Or you can build your own interface, using the WorldCat Discovery API. Fifteen interface languages support searches in Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Maori, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Swedish, Spanish and Thai. You configure the search interface to meet your needs knowing the IP-based system is stable and secure to protect sensitive patron records. Materials usage reports and statistics help provide insight into your users' evolving needs.

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Tailor the service with fee-based options

For a small additional investment, you can add a large amount of additional functionality to your WorldCat Discovery experience:

  • Item location and availability. Show users what's available in your local library collections (branches, departments, etc.) plus availability status from a local OPAC by adding the item location and real-time availability option.
  • Group views. Maximize and reinforce the value of your library's group affiliations by adding group views.
  • Course reserves/reading lists. Build temporary collections of resources organized by course, subject or readers' advisory list with course reserves.
  • Remote database search. Include your collections that are not available in the central index through remote database search.
  • Custom reporting. Gain insight into user behavior through customized reports from Adobe® Analytics®.

Other than the remote database search option, all of the WorldCat Discovery Services options require up-to-date holdings in WorldCat.

Future functionality for WorldCat Discovery

WorldCat Discovery has additional features planned, as suggested by the WorldCat Local community and the more than 650 beta participants who helped shape the service. We look for member feedback and will announce new functionality as it is available.

Recently added

Feature Date Added  
Temporary session-based lists of records * Added in March 2014
Type-ahead search suggestions * Added in April 2014
Permalinks Added in April 2014
Downloadable search box Added in April 2014
Email Export to EndNote Added in May 2014
E-books added to full text facet * Added in May 2014
Thai interface language * Added in May 2014
Staff-specific features, to include MARC views and holdings by symbol * Added in June 2014
Item location and availability option Added in June 2014
Group- or consortium-view of available resources option Added in June 2014
Customized traffic and usage reports with Adobe Analytics option Added in June 2014
Email export to RefWorks Added in June 2014
WorldShare ILL integration for placing requests Added in August 2014
Customizable patron request form Added in August 2014
Remote database search option Added in August 2014
Ability to search and display local holdings records (for libraries with the availability service) Added in August 2014
Item location and availability on brief results for WorldShare Management Services libraries Added in early September 2014
Article-level holdings derived from the WorldCat knowledge base * Added in early September 2014
Local bibliographic data display Added in early September 2014
Chat widget for virtual reference Added in late September 2014
WorldCat Discovery API *
Added in late September 2014

* Indicates features in WorldCat Discovery that were not available in OCLC FirstSearch®.

User experience

Feature Target Availability Date
Course reserves option To be determined
Editions display on brief results enhancements To be determined
Additional relevance sorting options * To be determined
Known title search and sort enhancements To be determined
"Did You Mean?" enhancements To be determined
Show citation "impact factor" To be determined

* Indicates features in WorldCat Discovery that were not available in FirstSearch.

Content

Feature Target Availability Date
E-book availability and checkout * To be determined
Additional content for the central index Monthly

* Indicates features in WorldCat Discovery that were not available in FirstSearch.

Interface

Feature Target Availability Date
Citations in MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago and Harvard formats To be determined
Initial knowledge card display * To be determined
Call number index browse * To be determined
Ability to share on social media To be determined
Permanent user lists To be determined

* Indicates features in WorldCat Discovery that were not available in FirstSearch.

Integration

Feature Target Availability Date
Linked data exposure * By December 2014
Google Preview integration * To be determined

* Indicates features in WorldCat Discovery that were not available in FirstSearch.

Administration and localization

Feature Target Availability Date
Support for Google Analytics * By November 2014
Ability to customize facets * To be determined

* Indicates features in WorldCat Discovery that were not available in FirstSearch.

 

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Upcoming events

19 November 2014

Putting the WorldCat in WorldCat Discovery

WorldCat Discovery Services enable people to discover more than 1.5 billion electronic, digital and physical resources in your library and libraries around the world through a single search.

11 December 2014

Putting the WorldCat in WorldCat Discovery

WorldCat Discovery Services enable people to discover more than 1.5 billion electronic, digital and physical resources in your library and libraries around the world through a single search.

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