WorldCat Transition

August 21, 2015 - UW WorldCat and FirstSearch will transition into a new interface called WorldCat

Two of our search tools, UW WorldCat and FirstSearch, have been replaced with a new interface called WorldCat. WorldCat is a database for researchers to search for materials worldwide beyond what is available at UW and through our Summit network.


How is the new WorldCat different from UW WorldCat?
The new WorldCat does not include articles, show call numbers, or display real-time availability. You can still request materials starting in WorldCat.


How can I find the new WorldCat?
You will find links to WorldCat in a number of places: in the A-Z list of databases, in the top right corner of UW Libraries Search, and by clicking on "Not finding what you are looking for" at the bottom of your UW Libraries Search results.


What about my lists?
UW WorldCat allowed you to create your own customized lists of materials and save them in your personal WorldCat account. These will not migrate automatically, but you will have the option of initiating this migration yourself later in the fall. In the meantime, you will still be able to log into your personal account on to view your lists.


Why the change?
OCLC, our vendor that created WorldCat, is implementing this new interface in response to extensive user testing. We have also been maintaining two discovery systems during our migration to UW Libraries Search. It is no longer necessary, nor feasible, to maintain these two different systems. To find materials at UW and through our Summit network, use UW Libraries Search.


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