Using WorldCat to find Genealogy Books

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WorldCat may be a genealogist's best friend! This presentation describes the methods of finding genealogy books that reside in libraries around the world. …

WorldCat may be a genealogist's best friend! This presentation describes the methods of finding genealogy books that reside in libraries around the world.

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  • 1. Using WorldCat to Find Genealogy Books April 19, 2014
  • 2. Today’s slides may be found at: http://www.eogn.com/handouts/worldcat
  • 3. WorldCat WorldCat is the world's largest catalog of library content and services.
  • 4. WorldCat • WorldCat is an online library catalog that lets you look up items in libraries around the world. • The items available include books, electronic documents, journals, microform, and audio and video recordings.
  • 5. WorldCat • WorldCat is available to everyone free of charge on the Web. • By using the WorldCat.org catalog, you can search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world.
  • 6. WorldCat • WorldCat is a catalog of available books, not the text of the books. • WorldCat is useful in at least three situations:
  • 7. WorldCat 1 You know which item you want, but you don't know which libraries have it 2 You want to know what items exist on a particular subject (or by a particular author) 3 You need more information about an item (for instance, to get a proper source citation)
  • 8. WorldCat • WorldCat also will let you search for books available at your local library, assuming that the library participates in WorldCat. • WorldCat identifies the book's title, author, publisher, and more and then shows the participating libraries where the book is available.
  • 9. WorldCat • Many libraries allow remote patrons to borrow a book via Inter Library Loan
  • 10. WorldCat
  • 11. WorldCat • In addition to searching distant libraries, WorldCat also will let you search for books available at your local library, assuming that the library participates in WorldCat.
  • 12. WorldCat .
  • 13. Participating libraries include: Family History Library in Salt Lake City Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana Clayton Library, Center for Genealogical Research in Houston, Texas Newberry Library in Chicago
  • 14. Participating libraries include: New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston, Massachusetts Albany Regional Family History Society Inc. in Albany, Western Australia Australind Family History Society Inc. Library in Australind, Western Australia
  • 15. Participating libraries include: Tacoma Public Library Seattle Public Library …and thousands more local libraries. The above list is a sample extracted from the “Find A Library” link on WorldCat.
  • 16. WorldCat Mobile • iPad, iPhone and Android • No software to install – Simply open a web browser and go to http://www.worldcat.org/m/
  • 17. WorldCat Mobile
  • 18. WorldCat • You don't even need a user name or password to search WorldCat. • However, there are advantages to creating an optional account that I will describe shortly.
  • 19. WorldCat • Some libraries may offer “Ask a Librarian." This is a help feature of a library's Web site. • Not all libraries offer this feature. In most cases, librarians will answer questions about the book but cannot look for specific information inside the book. That remains as your task.
  • 20. WorldCat • Basic Search
  • 21. WorldCat • Advanced Search provides a search screen that asks for keywords, title, author, year of publication, language, and more.
  • 22. WorldCat
  • 23. WorldCat • A free user account provides even more functionality. • Registered users can provide ratings and even write reviews of the books. • Users may contribute factual notes or a book's table of contents under the "Details" tab.
  • 24. WorldCat • WorldCat doesn't have everything, but it is the largest available online catalog of books from libraries around the world. • As you become more and more experienced with WorldCat, you will find many new resources that perhaps you never knew existed.
  • 25. WorldCat • WorldCat grows every day, thanks to the efforts of librarians and other information professionals.
  • 26. WorldCat • WorldCat grows every day, thanks to the efforts of librarians and other information professionals.
  • 27. WorldCat WorldCat may be found at: http://www.worldcat.org
  • 28. WorldCat Live Demo
  • 29. Today’s slides may be found at: http://www.eogn.com/handouts/worldcat