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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

Coming in 2018: An updated interface for FirstSearch

In response to user input, we will update the FirstSearch interface later in 2018. The interface changes will not affect existing precision search functionality in the service.  Watch this space for details about the release of the updated interface.

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

UC Davis library staff helping student

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.

Students in Syracuse University Libraries' Learning Commons

Locate hard-to-find resources with a quick, precise search

Discover how Syracuse University supports researchers’ needs for unique resources in a variety of languages.

“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