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Search Strategies: WorldCat

Search tips for using DiscoverE, Google, WorldCat, and Databases

WorldCat and FirstSearch

Worldcat includes most of the private and public libraries in the U.S. and, increasingly, libraries from around the world as well.  Note that you have many more search options when you enter WorldCat through the Emory library sites.  The search interface in the box below takes you to the public version of WorldCat, as does the LibX option for WorldCat. 

The Emory library sites link you to WorldCat's "premium" interface FirstSearch. To get to FirstSearch, use the link on the Other Library Catalogs page or the Databases@Emory entry for WorldCat or bookmark this url:

Off campus, use this url:

Here is a guide to FirstSearch produced by OCLC (Online Computer Library Center), the non-profit organization behind WorldCat.

Among the options available in FirstSearch not available in are the following:

  • Selection of Databases to search other than WorldCat, e.g., OAIster, a collection of digitized archives.
  • Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT)
  • Search other fields in the bibliographic records besides keyword, title, author, subject.
  • Limit results to holdings in Emory
  • Email, print, export results
  • Save and combine searches

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Emory borrowers can check out books from many local colleges. Ask the Reference desk for more information.

Using Interlibrary Loan (ILL), you can also:

  • borrow books, videos and other items from outside libraries
  • get copies of articles that Emory doesn't own.

You will be notified when your materials arrive (most materials are obtained within 2 weeks).

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