Monday, March 31, 2008

New Element to Sidebar: WorldCat

I've added a WorldCat search feature to the sidebar of BlogJoy, under Books in My Library. WorldCat lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world. When you type in the title of a book in the search feature, you will be taken to a page with a list of all libraries in your local area that has the book in their collection. It's like one stop shopping! I use several local libraries and now, rather than searching for a book on each library's website, I can use WorldCat to find which library has the book. But, that's not all you can do at WorldCat! Here's a list of resources available:

  • Search many libraries at once for an item and then locate it in a library nearby

  • Find books, music, and videos to check out

  • Find research articles and digital items (like audiobooks) that can be directly viewed or downloaded

  • Link to "Ask a Librarian" and other services at your library

  • Post your review of an item, or contribute factual information about it

You can also make lists, search for other peoples' lists, or create a bibliography. Enjoy!

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