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WorldCat.org

With WorldCat.org you can:

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Provide easy access to your collections

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Refine searches with facets

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Provide information to guide user selection

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Search the most popular items in the collective collection

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Quickly generate citations

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Integrate with key web search sites


Provide easy access to your collections

The most prominent link within the listing—your library’s name—leads the user directly to the item’s record in your online catalog. Depending on your catalog’s capabilities, a user may be able to view the item's availability and, after authenticating as a library member, perform any number of circulation activities, including the placement of a hold, remote checkout, or direct viewing of electronic content.

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Refine searches with facets

A left-hand “faceted browse” panel allows users to refine their results by categories. These “facets” include author, content (subject), format, language, year of publication, and a new Open Access filter that limits searches to a subset of source databases known for providing open content. This dynamic navigation mines WorldCat's structured metadata and helps users narrow a large result set by presenting easy-to-understand refinement options.

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Provide information to guide user selection

The top of a WorldCat.org detailed record shows basic evaluative information about the discovered item, such as author(s), format, language, publisher, a quick summary, ratings, and cover art. Previews are included, when available. Items with multiple editions or formats available in WorldCat® (such as large-print, audiobook, or translations) include a prompt to see a FRBR-ized view of additional editions and formats.

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Search the most popular items in the collective collection

Anyone can search the combined collections of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide, making WorldCat.org the single biggest place to find library materials on the web. WorldCat.org also includes more than 200 million article citations from many popular databases, including:

  • OAIster
  • JSTOR Archive
  • Elsevier metadata
  • MEDLINE
  • ERIC
  • British Library Inside Serials
  • ArticleFirst

View a list of content collections searched through WorldCat.org on the “Application-level view” tab of the WorldCat Discovery central index list.

Users recognized as being on your library network through IP authentication also see linked fulfillment options you may offer for a particular article, such as full text, OpenURL resolver, or article delivery service.

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Quickly generate citations

A WorldCat.org record display includes the ability to generate bibliographic citations for the displayed work. A “Cite/Export” link in the horizontal menu bar launches a pop-up window with citations for the five most common citation styles (APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA, and Turabian) that users can copy and paste into a document or email. A citation can also be exported, either in a file formatted for EndNote bibliographic software or directly to the RefWorks online bibliography service.

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Integrate with search engines and popular websites

WorldCat.org is central to our web visibility program that gives libraries the opportunity to be visible where the search for information begins. In partnership with OCLC, Google Books, Goodreads, and many other sites index or link to WorldCat records for millions of popular items as well as unique items held by individual institutions. Among their search results for regular web content, web users find links to WorldCat.org information about library materials based on keywords in their originating searches.

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Personalize your experience

WorldCat.org offers useful tools to make the search-and-discovery experience more informative and appealing.

  • Profiles: On the “My Profile” page, users can add a photograph, adjust their privacy settings, provide contact information (name, address, email, occupation), write a personal description, provide favorite websites, and write about “What I like.”
  • List creation and maintenance: Users who are signed into their WorldCat account can save personalized lists of library items right from search results. The user checks a box next to the item and saves it either to a new list, one of several default lists, or a previously created list.
  • Favorite libraries: Users can create lists of their favorite libraries with links to the library's own website. Then, as search results are returned, favorite library results are always prioritized at the top.
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WorldCat.org makes your library’s resources visible to information seekers on a freely available website and from search engines and websites where most people begin their research. This broad visibility promotes libraries as a vital information source and allows anyone to quickly and easily access resources in libraries near or far.

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