OCLC FirstSearch Service Databases in Brief

Connecting to a World of Information

The OCLC FirstSearch service supports research in a wide range of subject areas. At the heart of FirstSearch is WorldCat®, containing more than 271 million records representing over 1.8 billion holding locations in libraries worldwide. WorldCat adds value to databases in FirstSearch by linking citations to holdings that helps users find these materials in their own libraries and through the WorldCat Resource Sharing service. You can also limit your searches to the collections of your own library or library group.

OCLC and EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) have signed an agreement for EBSCO to host, distribute and support ten databases now available through the OCLC FirstSearch service.  Learn more at the Frequently asked questions: transition of FirstSearch databases to EBSCO Publishing.

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Summary of FirstSearch Database Features

FirstSearch Database

Suggested Audience by Library Type (may include users, librarians, faculty, or staff)

Ordering Options

Links to Libraries that Own Item

Links to Local OPACs

Z39.50 Links to Holdings

Full Text Availability

Via Other Databases

Via OCLC ILL Link

Via OpenURL Linking

Online Full Text

OCLC ArticleFirst®

Academic, Public

Subscription and Per-Search

X

X

X

X

X

Outbound only

JSTOR links

Clase and Periódica Academic, Public Subscription and Per-Search X X X X X Outbound only  

Electronic Books

Academic, Public, School

Subscription and Per-Search

X

X

X

 

 

Outbound only

Links to public domain and licensed e-books

Electronic Collections Online

Academic

Archive only subscription

X

X

X

X

 X

Inbound

Outbound

Articles (PDF), JSTOR links

ERIC--includes thesaurus

Academic, School

Subscription and Per-Search

X

X

X

Link to ERIC, X

X

Outbound only

ERIC Digest documents, JSTOR links

Facts on File Encyclopedia

Academic, Public, School

Subscription and Per-Search

 

 

 

 

 

 

Full entries with images (Hot links to some free full text)

GPO Monthly Catalog

Academic

Subscription and Per-Search

X

X

X

 

X

Outbound only

 

MEDLINE--includes thesaurus

Academic, Public

Subscription and Per-Search

X

X

X

X

X

Outbound only

JSTOR links

OAIster

Academic, Public

Subscription only

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hot links to some free full text and images

OCLC PapersFirst®

Academic, Public

Subscription and Per-Search

 

 

 

 

X

Outbound only

 

OCLC ProceedingsFirst®

Academic, Public, School

Subscription and Per-Search

 

 

 

 

 

Outbound only

 

SCIPIO

Academic, Public

Subscription only

X

X

 

 

X

Outbound only

 

WorldCat® (the OCLC Online Union Catalog)--includes thesaurus

Academic, Public, School

Subscription and Per-Search

X

X

X

 

X

Outbound only

 

WorldCat® Dissertations and Theses

Academic, Public, School

In U.S.: Subscription only, as part of OCLC Collection or OCLC Base Package. For regions outside the U.S., contact your regional service provider.

X

X

 

 

X

Outbound only

Links to public domain and licensed dissertations and theses

FirstSearch Database Descriptions and Producers (Indicating Full-text, Holdings and OCLC ILL Link Options)

OCLC ArticleFirst ® OCLC  Links to library holdings Links to full-text/full-image articles in other databases Includes OCLC ILL link

Coverage: Jan. 1990-present

Update Frequency: Daily

No. of records and sources: 31 million+ records; 16,000+ journals

Offers searching and browsing of articles and tables of contents from thousands of journals. Contains bibliographic citations that describe items listed on the table of contents pages of journals in science, technology, medicine, social science, business, the humanities, and popular culture. Each record describes one article, news story, letter, or other item.

Clase and Periódica Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) Systems  Links to library holdings Links to full-text/full-image articles in other databases Includes OCLC ILL link

Coverage: Clase 1975-present; Periódica 1978-present

Update Frequency: Quarterly

No. of records and sources: 660,000+ records; 2,700 journals

CLASE indexes documents published in Latin American and Caribbean journals specializing in social sciences and humanities. PERIÓDICA covers journals specializing in science and technology. CLASE and PERIÓDICA offer access to more than 550,000 citations from documents published in 2,700 selected scholarly journals in Spanish, Portugese, French, and English. They have become significant reference resources for those interested in what is published in or about Latin America.

Electronic Books (Ebooks)—OCLC  Links to library holdings Contains online full text Includes OCLC ILL link

Coverage: All cataloged Ebooks to the present

Update Frequency: Daily

No. of records and sources: 15 million + books

Contains records on all subjects cataloged by OCLC member libraries. Citations link to full text licensed from e-publishers as well as to free electronic books available from educational, government and other websites. It also includes eTheses that are available online.

OCLC FirstSearch® Electronic Collections Online™—OCLC  Links to library holdings Contains online full text plus graphics Links to full-text/full-image articles in other databases Includes OCLC ILL link

Coverage: Varies by journal

Update Frequency: Archive only

No. of records and sources: 5.9 million+ records; 8,000+ journals

Access to journals in a variety of subject areas, all with full-image articles online. Articles from Electronic Collections Online journals are linked to corresponding citations in databases throughout the FirstSearch service. Archive only database.

ERIC U. S. Department of Education  Links to library holdings Contains online full text Links to full-text/full-image articles in other databases Includes OCLC ILL link

Coverage: 1966-present

Update Frequency: Monthly

No. of records and sources: 1.4 million+ records; 1,000+ journals and other materials

A guide to published and unpublished sources on thousands of educational topics. ERIC records include over 150,000 full-text documents at no extra charge. The database includes the ERIC thesaurus, a complete list of descriptive terms used by ERIC to index and search the database. From ERIC, users can link to the ERIC full-text content free-of-charge.

Facts on File Encyclopedia—Infobase Learning  Contains online full text plus graphics

Coverage: Current file

Update Frequency: Annually (encyclopedia updated quarterly)

No. of records and sources: 32,000+ records; complete work

Includes full text of Facts on File Encyclopedia, a comprehensive general encyclopedia; The World Almanac and Book of Facts, providing key facts on a wide variety of subjects internationally and The World Almanac for Kids, covering information and facts of interest to middle-school children and teachers.

GPO Monthly Catalog U. S. Government Printing Office  Links to library holdings Includes OCLC ILL link

Coverage: July 1976-present

Update Frequency: Monthly

No. of records: 600,000+ records

Consists of records published by the GPO since July 1976. Includes references for documents to congressional committee reports and hearings, debates, documents from executive departments, and more.

MEDLINE U. S. National Library of Medicine  Links to library holdings Links to full-text/full-image articles in other databases Includes OCLC ILL link

Coverage: 1950-present

Update Frequency: Daily

No. of records and sources: 20 million+ records; 19,000 sources

Covers all areas of medicine, including clinical medicine, experimental medicine, dentistry, nursing, health services administration, nutrition, and much more. Includes the MeSH thesaurus.

OAIster OCLC  Links to library holdings Includes OCLC ILL link

Update Frequency: Quarterly

No. of records and sources: 16 million+ records; 1,100+ data contributors

OAIster is a multidisciplinary database of records that represent digital resources from more than 1100 contributors worldwide. Typical collections include: theses, technical reports, research papers and image collections. Digital resources in OAIster include items such as digitized (i.e., scanned) books and articles, born-digital texts, audio files (e.g., wav, mp3), images (e.g., tiff, gif), movies (e.g., mp4, quicktime) and datasets (e.g., downloadable statistics files).

OCLC PapersFirst ®—OCLC   Includes OCLC ILL link

Coverage: 1993-present

Update Frequency: Biweekly

No. of records and sources: 8 million+ records; any conference, meeting or proceedings received by The British Library

Covers every congress, symposium, exposition, workshop, and meeting added to The British Library Document Supply Centre's (BLDSC) vast proceedings collection since October 1993. The BLDSC is a document supplier for the OCLC Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service.

OCLC ProceedingsFirst ®—OCLC

Coverage: 1993-present

Update Frequency: Biweekly

No. of records and sources: 450,000+ records; any conference, meeting or proceedings received by The British Library

Provides tables of contents of papers presented at conferences worldwide. Each record contains a list of the papers presented at each conference. Like its companion, PapersFirst, ProceedingsFirst provides access to The British Library Document Supply Centre's vast collection of conference proceedings.

SCIPIO—OCLC  Links to library holdings  Includes OCLC ILL link

Coverage: Catalogs from the late 16th century to scheduled auctions not yet held

Update Frequency: Daily

No. of records and sources: 431,000+ records

SCIPIO is a joint project of 25 different fine arts organizations, combining their art catalog collections in the only online list of auction catalogs in existence. It provides information to auction sales catalogs from all major North American and European auction houses as well as many private sales, giving valuable information on art objects, rare books, history of collecting, as well as contemporary and historical market trends. The records include the dates and places of sales, the auction houses, and sellers.

WorldCat ® (the OCLC Online Union Catalog)—OCLC   Links to library holdings Includes OCLC ILL link

Coverage: Approximately 2100 B.C. - present

Update Frequency: Daily

No. of records: 254 million+ records

The world's most comprehensive bibliography, representing over 400 languages on materials ranging from stone tables to electronic books. WorldCat includes information from 2100 BC to the present with thousands of records containing evaluative content such as tables of contents, cover art, book summaries and notes about the authors. It uses the Library of Congress Subject Headings as its thesaurus. Users can also directly browse issues of periodicals in the ArticleFirst database from bibliographic records for these titles in WorldCat. WorldCat adds value to other databases in FirstSearch by linking citations to interlibrary loans and to materials in users' own libraries. Most databases in FirstSearch are enriched with over 1.7 billion holdings from WorldCat.

WorldCat® Dissertations and Theses—OCLC  Links to library holdings Includes OCLC ILL link

Coverage: All cataloged dissertations and theses to the present

Update Frequency: Daily

No. of records: 17 million+ records

Contains records of dissertations, theses, and published materials based on all subjects cataloged by OCLC member libraries. Many citations link to full text licensed from NetLibrary and other electronic providers as well as to free electronic materials available from educational, government and other websites. All show library locations for all types of material.

Links to library holdings Links to library holdings Contains online full text plus graphics Contains online full text plus graphics Includes OCLC ILL link Includes OCLC ILL link
Contains online full text Contains online full text Contains online full text plus graphics Links to full-text/full-image articles in other databases  

OCLC Databases and FirstSearch Databases by Topic

OCLC Databases

WorldCat

OCLC ArticleFirst

Electronic Books

OAIster

OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online

OCLC PapersFirst
OCLC ProceedingsFirst

SCIPIO

WorldCat Dissertations and Theses

 

Databases by Topic

Arts & Humanities

WorldCat

Clase and Periódica
Electronic Collections Online SCIPIO

 

Business & Economics

WorldCat

Electronic Collections Online

 

 

Conferences & Proceedings

WorldCat OCLC PapersFirst OCLC ProceedingsFirst

 

Consumer Affairs & People

WorldCat Electronic Collections Online  

 

Education

WorldCat

Electronic Collections Online

ERIC

 

Engineering & Technology

WorldCat

OCLC PapersFirst

OCLC Proceedings First

Clase and Periódica

Electronic Collections Online

 

General

WorldCat

OCLC ArticleFirst
Electronic Books

Electronic Collections Online

OAIster

WorldCat Dissertations and Theses

 

General Science

WorldCat

Clase and Periódica Electronic Collections Online

Life Sciences

WorldCat

Clase and Periódica

Electronic Collections Online

 

Medicine/Health, Consumer

WorldCat Electronic Collections Online MEDLINE

 

Medicine/Health, Professional

WorldCat

Electronic Collections Online MEDLINE

 

Public Affairs & Law

WorldCat Electronic Collections Online GPO Monthly Catalog

 

Quick Reference

WorldCat

Electronic Books

Facts on File Encyclopedia WorldCat Dissertations and Theses

 

Social Sciences

WorldCat Clase and Periódica Electronic Collections Online

Customizing FirstSearch Databases

Use the FirstSearch administrative module to customize FirstSearch for yours users and integrate FirstSearch with other information products and services that your library offers. You can:

  • Enhance visibility of and access to your library collections
  • Link to your library's catalog
  • Activate links to full-text
  • Specify a list of libraries to which your users can limit their search results
  • Create 'virtual catalogs' of up to 3 databases to set up persistent cross database searching
  • Customize the FirstSearch interlibrary loan request form for your users
  • more...

For details on setting up these administrative features, see the FirstSearch Administrative Module Reference Guide.

FirstSearch Documentation

OCLC provides extensive documentation for FirstSearch, such as:

About OCLC

Founded in 1967, OCLC Online Computer Library Center is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world's information and reducing information costs. More than 69,000 libraries in 112 countries and territories around the world use OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend and preserve library materials.

Researchers, students, faculty, scholars, professional librarians and other information seekers use OCLC services such as FirstSearch to obtain bibliographic, abstract and full-text information when and where they need it.

OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the OCLC Online Union Catalog.

OCLC Contacts

Contact information for OCLC offices is available on the web at http://www.oclc.org/contacts/offices/.