WorldCat.org allows you to search for a particular resource--be it a book, video, audio CD, full-text article or another format--and then locate a library near you that owns the item. If Arcadia Public Library has it, our name will appear as a link to our Web site and the online record for the item. There, you can find out if the item is available, on order, or place a hold.
WorldCat is on the Web search sites you use every day.
You can also perform WorldCat searches on Google, Yahoo! and Windows Live Search. Simply include the phrase "Find in a Library" (including quote marks), or alternately "site:worldcat.org" (leaving out the quotes) with your search terms.
Your search results should include one or more links with the prefix "WorldCat" and the name of a library-owned item that matches your terms.
It's easy to find what you're looking for.
Once you're at WorldCat.org, you'll find you can search library materials using simple keywords, just like you do at your favorite Web search site. An advanced search helps you limit results to specific authors, subjects, formats, and dates. From WorldCat search results, you can also narrow as you go using a "Refine Your Search" panel. This dynamic navigation lets you move easily between browsing and searching: Drill down into results with increasing levels of specificity, and move back up the chain if needed.
Tools that let you quickly find and participate:
WorldCat.org lets you install one of several browser and Web-page plug-ins that keeps WorldCat searching close at hand. The site also helps you put a special version of the WorldCat search box on your own Web site or blog, or learn how to create links to the WorldCat Web page for a specific item.
The record page for a particular item on WorldCat.org also lets you share what you know with users around the world: You can add your own rating and review of a work, or contribute factual notes about its contents or its historical or cultural context. Do you maintain social bookmarks on Web sites such as Digg, Del.icio.us or Facebook? A special "AddThis" bookmarking button lets you add a link to the WorldCat record to your bookmarks without leaving WorldCat.org.
Build lists of library items and create bibliographies:
When you create a free user account at WorldCat.org, you can immediately begin to build lists of library-owned items. Add any book, video, article or other item to a list right from its WorldCat record, or use the checkboxes and "Save to" button in WorldCat search results. Your lists can be public--which lets you share them with friends and colleagues--or private so only you can see them. You can build as many lists as you like on any subject, add personal notes about specific items, and move or copy items between lists!
Students can also view their lists as bibliographic citations in one of five common styles, and export them for use in research-oriented software and Web sites.
Learn more about the people associated with your favorite works:
Want to know much more "about the author"? WorldCat.org shows you through unique profiles called WorldCat Identities. Each identity uses interactive timelines, "tag clouds," cover art and other features to let you explore connections between the people who who write, create or act in books, movies and music you like and the subject matter of those works.
New site features are added all the time:
Be sure to visit http://www.worldcat.org/, where you always "find in a library"!