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Access WorldCat and additional databases

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Get to the right resources fast

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Precision searching yields accurate results


Access WorldCat and additional databases

Give your users the power to quickly find the exact resources they need in thousands of library collections around the world, through precision searching of WorldCat, the largest database of library bibliographic information.

Users can expand their searches to include a number of additional databases, including ArticleFirst, and WorldCat Dissertations and Theses.

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Get to the right resources fast

WorldCat makes it simple. Users can easily see which libraries own needed items, and a convenient quick link connects them to local library catalogs for availability information.

FirstSearch also integrates with your existing OpenURL resolver, so users can link directly to the full text you provide. And if your library subscribes to OCLC Resource Sharing, your users can initiate ILL requests directly from search results.

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Precision searching yields accurate results

Librarians and expert researchers appreciate the full-featured interface that will move into a more contemporary look and feel in the new version of the service.

Popular search features—such as index-specific searching, use of Boolean operators, and limit by date, language, owning library, audience and more—make FirstSearch a go-to for precision searching. Also, all results display rich descriptive information to help identify the most appropriate resources.

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FirstSearch is the most powerful interface for searching WorldCat. Researchers and library staff can find and select resources in thousands of library collections with rich information from WorldCat records. FirstSearch libraries are also more visible on the popular websites where people often begin their research.

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