Electronic Databases

WorldCat

Electronic Library for Minnesota

WorldCat is OCLC’s World Catalog containing records for over 40 million items held by libraries around the world. Each record contains information about which libraries own the material. This database is updated daily. It is extremely useful for verifying exact author, title, and holdings for making Interlibrary Loan requests.

Searching

Once you have selected WorldCat, you will be at the search screen for that database. Type the word or phrase you wish to find in the Search for: box (put a phrase in quotes). Select an index by clicking in either the Keyword, Author or Title circle below the box. Click the Search button when your search terms are entered. At any point in your search where you need help, click on the ? icon at the top of the screen.

Advanced searching

For more index options, click on Advanced or Expert on the left side of the screen. There are a total of 54 different indexes that can be searched, including author, title, publisher, and even notes. Browse the selected index if you would like to verify the correct spelling and format for any of your search terms. You can do that by clicking on the Index icon to the right of the index pull-down menu. Your results can be ranked by relevance or date by using the pull down menu by the Rank by: box.

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This page was written by Mark Ranum in February, 2003.
This page was last updated on September 22, 2003.