What Is WorldCat, Anyway?
"No other catalog is quite like it: WorldCat holds tens of millions of bibliographic records that represent more than one billion items. It encompasses hundreds of languages and all formats, including rapidly growing numbers of electronic resources and digital objects. " OCLC is the company that produces WorldCat. Libraries worldwide contribute to the records found in WorldCat.
The Default Search
The default search for searching WorldCat and/or our library catalog is to search everything--all formats. DVDs, CDs, eBooks and books in our collection, plus some miscellany that OCLC tossed in. On the left side of the screen you can limit results to specific formats. If you want just printed books, you may need to click on Books, then unclick all the specific types of books listed below Books. You'll see what I mean, if you try it.
If you use OCLC QuickStart Local to search our collection, you are more than likely to find eBooks in your search results along with print books in our collection. Go down the result list far enough and you'll find items in OTHER libraries. If you need a book from another library, ask the library staff about Interlibrary Loan service.
Say You're Looking for a Book--Print or eBook
When you search for items using the OCLC WorldCat Quick Start Local widget on the Library Catalog tab of the library's website, you are searching OCLC's WorldCat. If UCC Library owns an item, we let WorldCat know.
If UCC Library owns an item which matches the search terms you typed, those items will appear at the top of the search result list. When a search is executed by WorldCat Quickstart, it is retrieving items that are "relevant" to the search. Search results could include a perfect match of a title you typed or it could be a list of items that match one or more of the search words you entered.
Here's a typical search:
Now Look Carefully At The Search Results
Thousands of titles in our eBook subscription databases appear in WorldCat with our library's holding code attached--just like all of the print books in our collection back on the bookshelves. eBooks and print books are interfiled in your search results.
When you search our collection using the WorldCat widget, you are searching our 30,000+ item print collection AND you are also searching the 80,000 eBooks included in our subscription to the EBSCO eBook Academic Collection and our subscription to Credo Reference. Other eBook databases or titles to which we subscribe may appear, also.
Here is the top of the list of the search results for our search. Note that item 1 is an "ebook" and item 2 is a "Book". Note also that Umpqua Community College Library is featured as a library that owns both of these items. (Further down your result list you'll find items NOT in our collection.)
If You Want That eBook. . .
If you click on an eBook title from the result list, you'll see a full record for the book followed by "Links to this item" followed by "Umpqua Community College Library" followed by "No Links Were Found." Not so helpful.
In this same "Find a copy online" box you'll also see "Other Libraries" and under that "Show all links from other libraries", which is clickable. Click it. A list of eBook providers should appear. Sometimes only EBSCOHost will be on the list; other times you'll see a bunch of other vendors listed.
Click the EBSCOHost link (seen above) and the eBook should appear in the EBSCOHost eBook database. Here it is, ready to read (the real thing will actually be bigger--and readable):
But What If You're Not On Campus?!
If you find an eBook using WorldCat and you are not on the UCC Campus, you can access it with the following:
- You follow the instructions above. Instead of seeing the eBook appear in a database, you'll first be prompted for your student ID number (the number that starts with 800...) to access the database with the eBook.
Zero In On Those eBooks
If you want to search the EBSCO eBook Academic Collection exclusively, here you go:
This approach provides a superior interface to browse the collection by subject category and stumble upon titles. You can also search the collection by keyword, as you would from the Academic Search + eBooks combined database.
Other eBooks At UCC Library
- Credo Reference
The complete text and images of hundreds of reference books can be searched simultaneously for all kinds of topics. Browse individual books or subjects.
- Oxford Reference Online Premium
200 fully-indexed, cross-searchable dictionaries, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press.
- Gale Virtual Reference Library (Gale Cengage)
This collection provides a selection of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.
TEST AND SKILL BUILDING EBOOKS:
Create your own login to track which tests you've taken. This database provides a comprehensive, interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial course series.
DATABASES THAT COMBINE EBOOKS, JOURNAL ARTICLES, AND MORE:
- Opposing Viewpoints In Context (Gale Cengage)
This database draws from several informative series: At Issue, Contemporary Issues Companions, Current Controversies, and more. The complete text of essays on contemporary social issues are supplemented with reference content from Gale and MacMillan Reference sources, full text articles from 30 major newspapers and newsmagazines, and statistics and tables from Information Plus reference books.
- Literary Reference Center (EBSCOHost)
EBSCO's Literary Reference Center (LRC) assists with research assignments of a literary nature. Both journals and reference books are available in full text. Find literary criticism, biographies, reviews, and more.
- Academic Search + eBook Collection (EBSCOHost)
This link is the same link you'll find on the Library Home Page. This provides a way to search both the journal database, Academic Search Premier, AND the EBSCO eBook collection at the same time. Thousands of articles, thousands of books! You can limit your search results in various ways, including limiting the search to eBooks only.