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FirstSearch®

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Promoting FirstSearch

Expand awareness of FirstSearch in your library with material such as customizable posters, bookmarks, and table tents, as well as electronic logos and icons.

Promotional materials

Next steps for FirstSearch

Now available - A restyled FirstSearch interface!

In response to user input, we have updated the FirstSearch interface. The interface changes do not affect existing precision search functionality in the service.

Meet the staff behind these changes and learn more about the new screens were developed in a video introduction to the new look for FirstSearch.

Examples of the new screens are provided to help you update instructional or promotional materials.  

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Learn more about our plans for FirstSearch and WorldCat Discovery with responses to frequently asked questions.

Frequently asked questions

Databases available through FirstSearch

FirstSearch provides access to databases that help to expand your library’s collection.

FirstSearch databases

Genealogical research aids

FirstSearch serves as an excellent way to delve into WorldCat® for genealogical history. There’s no deeper catalog than WorldCat to find historic newspapers, church histories, wills, manuscripts, maps, and other important documents in libraries.

WorldCat focus on genealogy

Member stories

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Locate and request exactly what you need from near or far

Discover how the Massachusetts Library System efficiently finds and delivers the right items to library users across the state.

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Find precisely what you’re looking for without distraction

See how the University of California, Davis empowers researchers with quick and efficient access to the resources they need worldwide.

“I use WorldCat on FirstSearch 10–15 times a day at least, sometimes more. I couldn't do my job without WorldCat on FirstSearch. The breadth of collections is unparalleled.”

Tommy Nixon
MLIS Subject Librarian for Classics, Dramatic Art, & English/Comparative Literature
Davis Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States

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.

Service availability

  • FirstSearch reference service

    Available everywhere

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