The University of Delaware Library announces access to WorldCat Local, the world’s largest network of library-based content and services. The University of Delaware Library is one of the first libraries in the nation to offer this new, innovative service.
WorldCat Local encompasses the holdings of over 10,000 libraries across the world, including the University of Delaware Library. It includes records for over 100,000,000 books, CDs, DVDs, maps, and Internet resources as well as archival materials. The database is continually updated, with a new record added, on average every 10 seconds.
WorldCat Local also contains over 57,000,000 article-level records from over 36,000 journals and 100,000 conference proceedings extracted from the ArticleFirst, British Library Inside Serials, ERIC, GPO (Government Printing Office), H.W. Wilson, and PubMed databases.
Now, in a single search, users can easily identify a broad array of high-quality research materials. Users can browse their search results by author, format, or year of publication.
Records for items often include cover art, links to book reviews, and electronic versions when they are available. Other electronic resources will be immediately accessible through the Article Express service of the University of Delaware Library, and items not physically held by the University of Delaware Library can also be requested in this manner. With a simple click, users can change the default interface to German, Spanish, French, Dutch or Chinese.
The electronic library of the University of Delaware Library, which is available 24/7 at [www.udel.edu/library], provides access for faculty, students, and staff of the University of Delaware to a rich array of online library resources including WorldCat Local, DELCAT, databases, full-text information, electronic journals and newspapers, Subject Guides to the Internet, the Institutional Repository, and much more.
WorldCat Local Workshops
The University of Delaware Library will present workshops on WorldCat Local in fall 2008. WorldCat Local offers a new and unique method for performing research at the University of Delaware. In addition to searching materials that are contained in DELCAT, WorldCat Local allows the user to search for journal articles as well as materials located at other libraries throughout the United States in one simple search. This workshop will be an overview of how to use this new system and its features including linking directly to articles, accessing information on titles through Google Books, ordering materials via Interlibrary Loan, and creating a personal account that can contain book reviews and lists of your favorite titles.
The workshops are scheduled for:
“WorldCat Local: Search The University of Delaware Library and Beyond” is now a featured search box on the Library home page (http://www.udel.edu/library). You can also go directly to WorldCat Local at http://udel.worldcat.org/. For more information about WorldCat Local, go to [http://www2.lib.udel.edu/database/worldcatlocal.html].
The workshops will be held in the in the Library Instruction Room (Room 116A), Morris Library, First Floor.
Workshops are open to University of Delaware students, faculty, and staff. Seating is limited and registration is required. For more information about the workshop and to register online, go to [http://www2.lib.udel.edu/usered/workshops/current.htm]. For questions, e-mail  or call 302-831-2432.