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What is Worldcat Discovery: Worldcat Discovery

An informational guide about Worldcat Discovery.

Worldcat Discovery

When should I use Worldcat Discovery?

Worldcat Discovery is a great place to start your research. It will assist you in quickly locating relevant resources on your subject without having to decide which database(s) to search. The Library Catalog is included in the search. When using the Worldcat Discovery, you are capable of limiting your search results  in a variety of ways whic include date range. source type, subject, and scholarly designation. 

When should I NOT use Worldcat Discovery

To take advantage of the richest features of a database, including the subject thesaurus or specialized limiters, you may choose to search a specific subject relevant database.  For example, Business Source Complete, PsycINFO, and Medline have powerful features only available in their unique interfaces. 

What is Worldcat Discovery?

Worldcat Discovery is a cloud-based application that helps people easily find resources available at their library and in libraries worldwide through a single search.   Features of the service include:

  • Single, simple entry point for searching many databases at once, including the TAMUT Library catalog
  • Pre-indexing of a vast quantity of metadata ensures immediate search results
  • Detailed metadata (e.g., author-supplied abstracts,keywords, subjects)
  • Indexing for thousands of journals from publishers
  • Complete library catalog loaded directly into Worldcat, with real-time availability checks and daily updates
  • Ability to limit searches by date, source type, subject, content provider, full text availability, scholarly designation and mor

  For full options in Worldcat use this link.