Your library staff have been VERY hard at work over the last year reworking some of the back-end systems that bring you access to books, databases, and other high-quality content.  We’re excited to announce that, as of January 1, 2014, a big part of that work is now LIVE and ready for you to use -it’s called WorldCat. Watch the video here, and be sure to stop by the fully redesigned library website to see our streamlined portal to college-level resources.

logoSo what is WorldCat? It’s like Google for Library resources!

WorldCat provides a single search box to access huge amounts of  information, much of it full-text academic work that may not be free online. It includes Kirkwood Library book and video holdings, books and videos held by other libraries around the world, full-text ebooks and full-text articles from familiar Library subscription databases such as EBSCOhost, CINAHL, Opposing Viewpoints, and ProQuest Newsstand. All with one search!


Does WorldCat replace the old book catalog?

Does WorldCat replace all the subscription databases, like EBSCOhost?
No, it gives you a quick way to search many databases at once. But if you want to thoroughly search a database such as EBSCOhost’s Academic Search Elite or CINAHL, or ProQuest’s Newsstand, we suggest you go directly to the databases and search from their own interface.

Are there any databases that aren’t searched through WorldCat?
Yes. The following are either not indexed in WorldCat or aren’t efficiently searched through WorldCat: DSM Library, Gale Virtual Reference Library, Learning Express Library, New York Times Historical (1851-2007), Ovid Nursing Journals, PsycArticles, Salem Health and Salem History.

Need more information? Contact a librarian today in person or by phone, email, or the instant message chat at our website.