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FirstSearch at a glance

FirstSearch is an online reference search tool that delivers quality content from WorldCat and other quality, respected databases.


  • Highlights your library's collection within search results
  • Saves money and time when borrowing from other libraries
  • Leverages your investment in electronic and physical collections with linking capabilities


  • Access to more than 361 million records via WorldCat
  • Library ownership information in WorldCat linked to most FirstSearch databases
  • Intuitive Web interface is designed for new and expert users
  • Control of local customization options, including full text and interlibrary loan at the database level
  • Link to your library's Web-based catalog
  • Choice of seven interface languages: English, French, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese (traditional and simplified)
  • WorldCat record display in Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Arabic vernacular for items cataloged in those languages

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