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OCLC LIS Education Program services

Reference Services

OCLC FirstSearch Service.—LIS schools receive a free FirstSearch authorization and access to FirstSearch through the Internet with no additional telecommunications charges.

FirstSearch offers seamless electronic access to many databases and full-text and full-image articles, including:

  • WorldCat—the world’s largest database of bibliographic and holdings information.
  • OCLC ArticleFirst database. Contains bibliographic citations and tables of contents from journals in a variety of disciplines, including those from OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online. Includes links from citations to full-text articles in Periodical Abstracts and other full-text databases available to LIS schools. (Note: LIS schools have access to selected databases only.)

View a complete list of databases available in FirstSearch

QuestionPoint. QuestionPoint access at your school will expose your students to a virtual reference service that keeps librarians in the center of the reference process. Students will gain first-hand knowledge of issues related to establishing and using virtual reference services as they use the live service through a library school group.

Resource Sharing Services

WorldCat Resource Sharing. Students experience actual ILL activity by:

  • Borrowing and lending materials with other LIS schools, or their OCLC-affiliated regional networks or their OCLC Regional Service Providers
  • Accessing bibliographic and holdings information easily using WorldCat
  • Creating custom holdings groups of other LIS schools to expedite interlibrary loan

Cataloging and Metadata Services

OCLC Connexion Service. Access to high-quality records for students to catalog any type of material. Includes access to the WorldCat database, and provides choice of interface:

  • An easy-to-master Web interface makes the service available anywhere via a standard browser, or,
  • The Windows-based client interface gives catalogers additional options and control.

Your LIS school receives free profiling preparation, authorizations, searching and exporting.

CatExpress Service. An easy-to-use Web-based copy-cataloging service for new OCLC users. Designed for smaller libraries--both individually and in groups—OCLC CatExpress lets you:

  • Search WorldCat
  • Set and delete holdings in WorldCat
  • For more information, see CatExpress and visit the OCLC CatExpress Tutorial.

Dewey Decimal Classification. Your school receives:

  • Complimentary access to WebDewey. An education licensing agreement is required.
  • 20 percent off the purchase of 1-20 sets of the Dewey Decimal Classification�, Edition 22 and 40 percent off the purchase of 21 or more sets
  • 10 percent off all other Dewey Decimal Classification publications and products.


  • OCLC Cataloging Label Program. Allows students to process labels from a label file.
  • OCLC Dewey Cutter Macro. Provides an automatic cuttering function for Dewey Decimal Classification numbers.
  • Searching WorldCat: An OCLC Tutorial. Offers strategies for searching WorldCat through OCLC services.
  • OCLC WorldCat Resource Sharing tutorials allow students to learn the main functions of the OCLC borrowing and lending cycles as well as general ILL concepts.

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