WorldCat

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Alternate title

FirstSearch

Description

WorldCat is a composite catalog of library collections, primarily in North America but increasingly also in Europe, that enables users to search for books, journals, archival materials, dissertations, government publications, maps, music, musical scores, videos, and other resources. Rutgers holdings are identified and record-level links to the Rutgers Library Catalog allow users to check availability and access request options. For items not owned by Rutgers, information on other holding libraries is provided along with a “Place ILL Request” link. 

Use Advanced Search for many more index options and for filter by date, language, audience, content, and format.  More than 175 million records.

Help

A “Help” button is provided on every page.

User tools and features

  • Save records and searches (Registration required).
  • Export records to EndNote, RefWorks, or as a text file.

Updating frequency

Daily.

Sources

Books, journals, archival materials, dissertations, government publications, maps, music, musical scores, videos, and other resources.

Type of coverage

Catalog.

Print counterpart or
related resources

The National union catalog, pre-1956 imprints (754 volumes, Alexander Library Reference and Dana Library Folio, Z 881) is far less current, but identifies many older books not in WorldCat.  The Karlsruhe Virtual Catalog is more current than WorldCat for European publications.

Producer/content provider

OCLC (Online Computer Library Center)

Vendor/electronic presentation provider

OCLC (Online Computer Library Center)