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WorldCat general information: WorldCat


Database Description and Information

Link:  WorldCat Search

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Description: Most comprehensive single index to books  (and other materials cataloged by libraries)

What's Covered: Books, names of journals & periodicals, videos, audio recordings, archival documents, maps, dissertations/theses  (lists cataloged holdings of most U.S.  libraries and selected foreign libraries).

Subjects Covered:  All disciplines

Access to the full-text: WorldCat provides citations to books and other materials.  Use the Find it button to locate a book.  (Find It! will identify books available in the University Library and/or help you borrow a book via Interlibrary Loan).

Dates Covered: All time periods.

Help: WorldCat Video Tutorials (database producer)

Access: Library Website > Find Books and More > WorldCat Search

Alternate Interface: WorldCat via FirstSearch

Database Details

Number of Records: 200+ million

Titles covered: 100+ million books,  50 million periodicals, 16 million articles, 7.5 million dissertations, 5 million videos, 5 million archival documents, 4.5 million music recordings, 2.5 million musical scores, 2 million maps

Availability: Available freely.

Platform:  OpenWorldCat

Publisher: OCLC

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