New Library Catalog Launched!

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Try our new WorldCat Local system

Information Services is proud to announce that our new library catalog system WorldCat Local is now available! You can start searching WorldCat Local, and bookmark it at https://southwestern.worldcat.org/. Voyager will continue to be available through the end of the semester, but we think that once you try WorldCat Local, you will find its enhancements a great help as you search for last minute sources for your end-of-semester research.

 

The biggest difference you’ll find in WorldCat Local versus the Voyager catalog is the ability to search our most popular databases (including Academic Search Complete, JSTOR, and Project Muse) alongside our physical and eBook holdings.  

 

Getting Started in WorldCat Local:

  • Basic Search: Search all of our holdings, along with a variety of our most searched databases.

  • Advanced Search: Add or remove databases to be searched, limit search by title, keyword, year, or format.

  • Filtering search results: Along the left side of search results pages, WorldCat Local features a filtering system that includes format, full-text, peer-reviewed, year, author, and topic.

  • Multiple options for article retrieval: Instead of having to visit various databases in search of a specific article, WorldCat Local will provide links to articles from any database that it has access to.

  • Easy Interlibrary Loan Requests: If an item is returned by your search, but the Smith Library Center doesn’t own or have access to it, WorldCat Local will provide a “Request Item through Interlibrary Loan” button, which will take you directly to ILLiad and will pre-fill the request form with the item information.

  • Convenient Sign-in Process: Whether you need to renew items you’ve checked out or create a list of items for a project, you can now use your SUeID and Password to log into WorldCat Local.

 

As we go through the remainder of the spring and summer, we will continue to make adjustments and corrections throughout the WorldCat Local system in order to help make the system easier to use and include more of the resources you need. This will include adding databases to those that are already searchable in WorldCat Local, cleaning up records so you can quickly find the most relevant sources, and working with OCLC to bring enhancements to the system that will make it even better.  

 

Please give WorldCat Local a try, and let us know what you think. If you have questions or want to give us feedback, you can email me directly, or use our quick and easy feedback form (which can be submitted anonymously). We’re happy to take all suggestions as to how we can make WorldCat Local fit into your research workflow.

 

Have a great rest of the semester!

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