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About FirstSearch

Uniquely valued by member libraries, FirstSearch will continue to be offered as a separate service from WorldCat Discovery. A FirstSearch/WorldCat Discovery subscription provides access to the FirstSearch and WorldCat Discovery interfaces.

For more information about the future of FirstSearch and WorldCat Discovery, see Frequently Asked Questions, Next steps for WorldCat Discovery and FirstSearch.

Additional details about plans for FirstSearch will be shared as they are confirmed. To receive ongoing updates about FirstSearch enhancements, register for Discovery and Reference email updates.

View the FirstSearch interface with July 2018 enhancements

Click a file format below to view and download images of the new FirstSearch interface to update your library's instructional materials.

Advanced Search screen

New FirstSearch Advanced Search screen









Results screen

New FirstSearch results screen












Detailed record screen

New FirstSearch detailed record






Access the new FirstSearch Community Center

We're excited to announce a new FirstSearch Community Center, an online environment that provides an opportunity for FirstSearch users to connect through discussion boards, collaborate by sharing ideas and resources, and receive news directly from the FirstSearch product team.

You can access the Community Center at

Use your existing credentials for other OCLC Community Centers—such as WorldCat Discovery or WorldShare Interlibrary Loan—to access the new FirstSearch Community Center. If you do not have credentials, you can request them by submitting this form. Within 5-7 business days, you will receive an email with instructions for how to update your OCLC Services account password and log in to the FirstSearch Community Center. Please contact OCLC Support for your region with questions about your credentials.

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