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What is WorldCat?
WorldCat is the world’s largest network of library content and
services. WorldCat libraries are dedicated to providing access to their
resources on the Web, where most people start their search for

What am I searching? lets you search the collections of libraries in your
community and thousands more around the world. WorldCat grows every day
thanks to the efforts of librarians and other information professionals. lets you:
* Search many libraries at once for an item and then locate it in a
library nearby
* Find books, music, and videos to check out
* Find research articles and digital items (like audiobooks) that can
be directly viewed or downloaded
* Link to “Ask a Librarian” and other services at your library
* Post your review of an item, or contribute factual information about

You may need to have an active offline membership with a WorldCat
library to view/download content or check out materials through its Web

What will I find?
Illustration: Some of the media icons you’ll see in WorldCat resultsYou
can search for popular books, music CDs and videos—all of the physical
items you’re used to getting from libraries. You can also discover many
new kinds of digital content, such as downloadable audiobooks.

You may also find article citations with links to their full text;
authoritative research materials, such as documents and photos of local
or historic significance; and digital versions of rare items that
aren’t available to the public. Because WorldCat libraries serve
diverse communities in dozens of countries, resources are available in
many languages.

Can I check something out?
It depends on whether you have an active membership with a library that
owns the item, and whether that library’s Web site permits remote
checkout of an item. lets you find an item of interest and
then locate a library near you that owns it. Usually you will link
directly to the item record on the library’s Web site. The actions
available to you on that page will vary from one library to another.
You may be able to join a waiting list, reserve the item, check it out
or even have it shipped or delivered.

Can I get into electronic databases?
Some WorldCat libraries make their specialized reference databases
available on their Web sites, but only to library members. Your search
on may produce direct links to articles and other
resources in these databases. To access these resources, though, you
may first be required to log in with a valid library membership.

Can I ask for help from a librarian?
Yes! WorldCat results often include a link to the “Ask a Librarian”
help feature of a library’s Web site.

Can I add information to WorldCat?
Yes! On the WorldCat page for a particular item, you can enter a rating
and review under the “Reviews” tab, and contribute factual notes or a
book’s table of contents under the “Details” tab. Note that only you
can modify or delete your own review, but other users can edit
information that has been contributed under Details (similar to

Can I search WorldCat at my local library?
Your library may let you search WorldCat from the online catalog on its
Web site. (Again, you may have to log in with a valid library
membership.) When you are physically at the library, you can search
WorldCat using the FirstSearch reference service. Although the basic
identifying information you’ll find on this Web site can fulfill most
needs, WorldCat at your library includes extra features such as:
* Advanced search
* “Find similar items”
* Links to published reviews and excerpts

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