WorldCat and Google Books

February 21, 2013

I don’t actually spend that much time on Google Books, which is kind of silly since it’s a great resource, but there you go — deep, dark secret #?. Since I don’t use it that often, I have no idea how long this has been the case, but it was a revelation for me.

In any case, I was playing the other day, and I discovered that it links to WorldCat. Can we all just agree that that is the bomb-diggity? You know I only break out my 90s slang when I’m excited and I’m really excited about this.

If you aren’t familiar with WorldCat, just think about your regular library catalog — you can search for a book and if your library has it, you’ll see the records for everything that matches your search in the library’s collection. When you search WorldCat it searches all the libraries.

So maybe your library doesn’t have that book. That’s a bummer. But hey, a quick search in WorldCat shows that the University library right down the street has it, and they’ll let you use it! And if their copy is out, the library the next town over has two copies! This is the magic of WorldCat.

So the fact that Google Books now links to WorldCat is amazing. Now, people can look at a book they’re interested in on Google Books and click on the WorldCat link to see which libraries near them have copies.


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