WorldCat Discovery helps you:
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.
WorldCat is the world's most comprehensive library database and represents a global network of data about library collections and services. With more than 381 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.
Using WorldCat Discovery ensures comprehensive resource coverage and content access for your users. The central index provides access to 2,420 collections, representing 285 of the world's top publishers, such as ProQuest, EBSCO *, Gale and Elsevier. Full text for more than 8+ million open-access content items from HathiTrust, OAIster and GoogleBooks are available, along with 20 million e-books from Overdrive, eBrary, MyiLibrary and others to provide the broadest e-book coverage available to libraries.
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, Google Books previews, citations and the ability to export to RefWorks, EndNote and Zotero, mark and share items through temporary lists and email, help keep results sets manageable but still provide comprehensive views of what's available.
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. 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.
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 available through Google Analytics help provide insight into your users' evolving needs.
Your primary discovery service
As your primary discovery service WorldCat Discovery includes the following additional features:
- Item location and availability. Show users what's available in your local library collections (branches, departments, etc.) plus real-time availability status from a local OPAC.
- 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.
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27 October 2016
Join OCLC Senior Product Manager Cathy King, who will share background about the analysis and testing behind the recent relevance improvements in WorldCat Discovery. She will discuss typical WorldCat Discovery search patterns, industry norms for search, our program for testing changes with member libraries and plans for ongoing relevance improvements.
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