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New Library Search Engine WorldCat Local

by Megan Bernal 8/29/2012 2:04:00 PM
 The Library is pleased to announce release of a new Google-like search engine that lessens the need to go to different databases or web sites to find publications separately. Developed by the not-for-profit library cooperative OCLC, DePaul WorldCat Local is built on top of OCLC’s vast union catalog of research resources from thousands of participating libraries around the world as well as the local Illinois cooperative I-Share and our own DePaul Library Catalog to create one giant single search solution.

In addition to searching library catalogs at the DePaul, I-Share, and OCLC levels, WorldCat Local also queries data from major aggregators of eBooks, including NetLibrary, Safari Techbooks, and Springer, article and journal content from publishers such as Wiley, Elsevier, Taylor & Francis, Oxford University Press, and large mass digitization collections like JSTOR, Google Books, and HathiTrust, among others.

When an item is not immediately available to you via WorldCat Local in fulltext electronic form or physically in a local library collection, the system allows you to place holds on checked out items or to request an item from another library quickly and easily via interlibrary loan. Users can also take advantage of common social networking tools like creating booklists, adding tags, or writing reviews when using WorldCat Local.

Look for the new DePaul WorldCat Local Search box on our new, streamlined Library webpage found at You will also see links to WorldCat Local search available on other Web pages and platforms regularly used by DePaul students, faculty, and staff such as D2L, Campus Connect, and Library subject and course guides.

We welcome your feedback regarding this new and exciting service. Visit to share your opinions and recommendations with us. Additionally, more information on using WorldCat Local for your own research or in the classroom can be found at the following Information for Faculty Library Web page:

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