Answered By: Dena ten Pas Last Updated: Jan 20, 2017 Views: 10
WorldCat is a website that allows you to search for books, articles, e-books, and other items and see what libraries have access to those materials. It can be helpful for if there is a print book you'd like to access, but you're not near the Jerry Falwell Library or if we don't have the book. You can also use it to access in-depth bibliographic information. You can access WorldCat a couple of ways:
- By going to the website: http://www.worldcat.org/
- From the Databases by Name page on the Jerry Falwell Library. Once there, select "W" under Browse by Letter on the left. Use the "WorldCat" link to access the website.
When searching WorldCat, follow the steps below:
- Begin at WorldCat. Type in the title or subject you're researching. Then search.
- Use the options on the left side of the page if you need to narrow down your search.
- Click on the title of an item to view more information about it.
- On the next page, you'll see bibliographic information at the top, including a "Cite" link at the top of the page. Below this is a section that says "Find a copy in the library."
- To see if a library near you has the item, type in your zip code and search.
WorldCat First Search is another way to search WorldCat, but it is linked to the Jerry Falwell Library so that you can see which items the library has and request items through Interlibrary Loan.
To use WorldCat First Search:
- Begin at the Databases by Name page on the Jerry Falwell Library. Once there, select "W" under Browse by Letter on the left.
- Click on "WorldCat (First Search)."
- Now you can search for your topic. If you want to limit the search to items available from the JFL, look to the right of "Limit availability to" and select "Items in my library."
- You can click on an item to see more information about it. After you click on the title of an item, you will see a section on the left that says "External Resources." Here you will have a "Get it @ Liberty" link you can use to access the item from the JFL and an Interlibrary Loan link you can use to request items not available from Liberty.