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WorldCat Discovery: Basic Search

Learn how to find books, electronic resources, and other material using WorldCat Discovery

Search commands

Quotation marks - Use to enclose multiple words in a word or title search to retrieve the exact sequence of the words.  Great if you know the exact title of a resource. Example: "How to publish high-quality research"

AND will search for results that include both terms. Must capitalize or use the shortcut + Example: publishing AND joireman

OR will search for either term. Must capitalize.  Example: (joireman OR van lange) AND publishing

NOT will eliminate the following term.  Must capitalize or use -.  Example: transcultural nursing NOT joireman


Search Guides

Search for a particular book in our library

To find out whether our library owns a specific title that you have in mind, follow these steps:

1. Click on the WorldCat tab of the search box (or use this direct link) to search books, articles, journal titles, etc. 

2. Type the title that you want in quotes: "The human body in health & disease"

Main search page with text box and WorldCat tab selected.

3. If your results list seems too long, you may limit to HSLIC and then the material format you are interested in on the sidebar.

Filters present on left side of results page. Library and Format filters in image.

4. Is this the title and year that you want? Does it say "available"?  If so, note the location and call number.  You can also click on the title for more information.

One item as shown on the results screen with availability information at the bottom center of the record.

5. WorldCat Discovery only shows a "representative example" of all editions that we own.  Do you want to find out if we own a more recent edition of this book? Click on the Title and then Editions and Formats.  The titles that HSLIC owns will appear at the top of the list. Click on the title to find out more.

Results page for one item with the Editions and Formats section opened - listing all the other editions available at our library and others.

6. To find out if HSLIC owns a new edition, click on the first link. 


Result list

Library filter on left side of results page, allows one to filter by library, for example HSLIC.

Results page with availability, location, and call number for each result listed below result.

Detailed view of a result

Result page for title "The human body in health & disease". Shows how one can cite, export a link, email a link, or save this item record using the buttons on the top right of the page. Also, shows holdings statements of libraries around the world found in "Availability/Holdings" section below title information.