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FirstSearch provides access to a core collection of reference databases. The FirstSearch Base Package includes WorldCat as well as other databases such as CAMIO, Electronic Books and OAIster. Users of and WorldCat Local can access these FirstSearch databases through a user-friendly single-search box.

The Future of FirstSearch

WorldCat® Discovery Services is a new suite of cloud-based applications that brings the FirstSearch® and WorldCat® Local services together. The new suite enables people to discover more than 1.8 billion electronic, digital and physical resources in libraries around the world through a single search of both WorldCat® and a central index that represents more than 2,100 e-content collections. This will make it possible for 18,000+ FirstSearch libraries to offer a richer discovery experience.

Learn more about WorldCat Discovery Services

Underlying FirstSearch is the WorldCat database, the most comprehensive and up-to-date bibliographic resource available. Your users will find relevant records quickly and the location of resources—in your collection or at other libraries—with the click of a button. Users can start and refine searches at one of three different skill levels. And you have the ability to customize many aspects of the experience.

FirstSearch easily integrates into your current library resources. Your subscription includes everything you need to start using FirstSearch and promote it to your users. And a variety of support options make it easy to find answers. FirstSearch's purchase options help you stay within budget, and its functionality can be extended to include other OCLC services such as Interlibrary Loan.

The Future of FirstSearch and WorldCat Local

(streaming video, 48 minutes)
25 January 2014

John McCullough, OCLC Product Manager for Discovery Services, discusses WorldCat Discovery during a presentation at ALA Midwinter in January 2014, Philadelphia, PA.

“We value the FirstSearch interface, since it has numerous bells and whistles. Context-sensitive help is readily available for each search mode, function and feature.”

Two Library Journal reviewers, October 2006

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