Discover the long and the short of libraries



Whether you're looking for a novel to keep you busy for a long while or a quick read, check out this month's "What in the WorldCat?" feature, the long and the short of libraries, for some of the longest novels ever published and a selection of short stories.

These lists were inspired by the WorldCat Genres short stories profile and the list of longest novels Wikipedia page and constructed on 19 May 2014.

WorldCat Genres is a joint experiment from OCLC Research and the team. Genre profiles allow users to browse genre terms for hundreds of titles, authors, subjects, characters, places, and more, ranked by popularity in WorldCat.

WorldCat is the world's largest and most comprehensive catalog of library resources from around the world, with more than 314 million bibliographic records that represent more than 2 billion items held by participating libraries, including books, movies, music, e-books, licensed databases, online periodicals, digital collections and more. Because of its scale, WorldCat can be used to represent a large part of the scholarly and cultural record.

At OCLC Research, we're exploring records and mining data from WorldCat to highlight interesting and different views of the world's library collections each month. Be sure to check out our "What in the WorldCat?" page often to see what we come up with next. If you've got a suggestion for something you'd like us to feature, let us know!

For more information:

Patrick Confer
Web Projects Manager
OCLC Research

Melissa Renspie
Senior Communications Officer
OCLC Research


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