What is WorldCat Local?
WorldCat Local is a service that allows you to search for books, articles, videos, sound recordings, and other materials from the SXU Library and many other libraries, all at the same time. The great time-saving feature of WorldCat Local is its ability to search across almost all the Library's databases at once to find articles.
By default, WorldCat Local searches libraries worldwide. Items owned by the SXU Library will appear at the top of the results list. WorldCat Local is most useful when you're looking for a general overview of potential sources.
WorldCat Local does not search everything, so you should use additional databases if you are doing extensive research or if you are seeking certain materials. Databases not connected to WorldCat Local include JBI Connect, Mergent, Valueline, and most online-video collections.
WorldCat Local features a Quick Search which is similar to a Google search. Enter keywords (topic, author, title, etc.) in any combination. Use quotation marks to search an exact phrase. Advanced Search provides more options for creating precise searches.
Problems with Linking to Full-Text Articles?
WorldCat Local accesses millions of articles in dozens of databases from many publishers. On occasion, you may an encounter a problem with broken links to full text, especially from Ebsco databases.
If you cannot access the article's full text, you have three options:
- Click on the article's title in WorldCat Local, and then click the maroon button that says "View Full-Text Below or Request Item." You will then order the article through our Borrow from Other Libraries system. There is no charge, and you will receive an email notification when the article arrives.
- You can try accessing the article directly from the publisher's database. Directly under the maroon button will be the name of one or more databases. From the Library's homepage, click on the Databases tab, go to the specific database, and search for the article.
- Call 773.298.3353 or 773.298.3363 for help in obtaining the article.