WorldCat Discovery includes
A new discovery experience that consolidates access to your electronic, physical and digital collections
Access to a central index that represents more than 1.5 billion articles, e-books and other e-content
An interface that automatically adjusts for desktops, tablets and mobile
A unique URL and custom branding
The ability to tailor your discovery service through fee-based options
If you also maintain holdings in WorldCat, you get:
- Your library's resources listed first in search results
- Built-in link resolution to full-text resources to which your library subscribes, using the WorldCat knowledge base
- A built-in A to Z list, when your library's data is in the WorldCat knowledge base
- Visibility on WorldCat.org™ and other partner sites
The service will be enhanced regularly, based on input from the library community. See plans for WorldCat Discovery enhancements.
Download a list of selected features.
- Real-time availability status
- A group- or consortium-view of available resources
- Management of course reserves or reading lists
- Remote database search of all library subscriptions
- Customized traffic and usage reports with Adobe® Analytics
All of these options are already included with WorldCat Local and WorldShare Management Services subscriptions, and are individually available for an add-on fee.
Add only the options you need to your WorldCat Discovery subscription, request a quote now.
WorldCat Discovery will be enhanced regularly in response to input from users of the service. Planned enhancements include suggestions from more than 650 beta participants who helped shape the service and existing users of the WorldCat Local service. This table is a summary of some planned enhancements. Availability dates will be added once they are confirmed.
We encourage member feedback on WorldCat Discovery to help us deliver the best possible service to member libraries and their users.
|Feature||Target Availability Date|
|Temporary session-based lists of records *||Available now|
|E-mail Export to Refworks and EndNote||April 2014|
|Type-ahead search suggestions||April 2014|
|Local Holdings Records search and display||By August 2014|
|Support for Google Analytics *||By August 2014|
|Availability on brief results||By August 2014|
|"View Now" enhancements||Ongoing|
|Staff-specific features, to include MARC views and holdings by symbol||To be determined|
|Article-level holdings derived from the WorldCat knowledge base||To be determined|
|Editions display on brief results enhancements||To be determined|
|Citations in MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, Harvard formats||To be determined|
|Customizable form for user-initatied ILL||To be determined|
|Additional relevance sorting options *||To be determined|
|Known title search and sort enhancements||To be determined|
|E-book availability and checkout *||To be determined|
|Display of local bibliographic data||To be determined|
|QuestionPoint reference widget enhancement||To be determined|
|Initial knowledge card display *||To be determined|
|Call number index browse *||To be determined|
|"Did You Mean?" enhancements||To be determined|
|Google Preview integration||To be determined|
|Ability to share on social media||To be determined|
|Ability to customize facets *||To be determined|
|Permanent user lists||To be determined|
* Indicates features in WorldCat Discovery that are not available in FirstSearch.
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07 October 2014
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