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Online reference

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 will replace FirstSearch in late 2016. WorldCat Discovery helps your users easily find and get resources from your library and libraries worldwide through a single search of WorldCat® and familiar, authoritative e-content collections. It makes your collections visible on popular websites, such as Google, Goodreads and Wikipedia, where people typically start their research

WorldCat Discovery is available to all current FirstSearch, WorldCat Local and WorldShare Management Services subscribers as part of existing and renewed subscriptions. Libraries are encouraged to start their transition to WorldCat Discovery now, before access to the FirstSearch interface ends.

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.

“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