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Improved WorldCat Discovery Interface: coming July 12, 2021

June 16, 2021

Photo with sign that says Improvements Coming soon and book with apple on it

On July 12, 2021 our catalog and discovery system, Library Search, powered by WorldCat Discovery, will be getting a new “modernized” look along with some new features. These updates include:

  • Redesigned Results
    Search results will have a new layout and a bit more information (most notably the publisher information): 
    Screenshots of new and current Worldcat Discovery records
  • Highlighted Search Terms
    The search terms you enter will be underlined in yellow (you can see this in both images above), both in the list of results and in item records. This will make it much more apparent why you got the results you did and then help you determine if they are relevant.
  • Item Details More Visible
    Item details (physical description, language, subject headings, table of contents, etc.) are now more easily found in each item record. You currently have to click “View Description” after you open up a record to see these details.
  • Access Options Box
    When you open up an item record, a new box will appear on the top right side of the screen to show you how you can get access to the item. The box  will let you know if an item is available online, located in the Library, and if not available from our Library you’ll see the “Get this Item” button which will take you to Resource Sharing to request it from another library.screenshot of Worldcat discovery interface
  • Access Online “Drawer”
    If an item has multiple online access options, a “drawer” will slide open after you click on the view online button, which will allow you to select which link you want to use (will list the platforms, for instance JSTOR vs. ProQuest vs. HathiTrust).
    Screenshot of WorldCat Discovery Access Options drawer

In addition to the above new features and changes to the layout, we will also be updating the color scheme used on the platform. The color options are all from within our organization’s branding (namely purple and grey). We want to know which colors you all would prefer! Please use this form to rate your preferences

If you have questions about any of these changes or just generally about Library Search, please let us know: