Answered By: Dena ten Pas
Last Updated: May 13, 2020     Views: 79

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 by going to the website: .

When searching WorldCat, follow the steps below:

  1. Begin at WorldCat. Type in the title or subject you're researching. Then search.
  2. Use the options on the left side of the page if you need to narrow down your search.
  3. Click on the title of an item to view more information about it.
  4. On the next page, you'll see bibliographic information at the top, including a Cite/Export link at the top of the page. Below this is a section that says Find a copy in the library.
  5. To see if a library near you has the item, type in your zip code and click Find libraries.

For additional information about using WorldCat, the JFL has created a short video tutorial.

Click here to view:  

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