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WorldCat Quick Start: Quick Start

How to use the WorldCat database to find articles, books, and more

What is WorldCat?

A search system that helps you discover items in collections at MCLA and other libraries worldwide.

What does WorldCat Discovery search?

  • Books, ebooks, articles, media, and more.
  • All items physically located within the library.
  • Content from many of our most popular databases - journal articles, ebooks, and media.
  • Items from other libraries worldwide that you can request through interlibrary loan.

How do I start using WorldCat?

Searching in WorldCat

  • Enter your search terms.
  • When you see a list of results, use the options on the left to limit your search by format, author, date, and more.
  • The search defaults to search libraries worldwide. If you want to just search MCLA, change that setting.
  • Look at the example of a "anthropology of food" search below.

worldcat search result screenshot