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Work with lists

Overview

Lists are a way for you to group library-owned items you have found while using WorldCat. Lists let you keep track of items of interest and refer back to them whenever you want to. You can also share your lists with friends and colleagues. List invitations can be sent to anyone with an e-mail address regardless of whether they maintain a WorldCat account. For more information, see To share a list

You can have up to 500 library items on a list. Keep in mind that you can create as many lists as you need. After you have added 500 items to a list, any additional items you try to add will not appear on the list. You can delete items to make room, move some items to another list you've created, or start a new list.

Access lists

Lists are saved to your My WorldCat profile. You must be signed in to your WorldCat account to save a list.

You can also access your saved lists by selecting My Lists from the My WorldCat drop-down menu.

Default lists

These lists are automatically available to all users:

  • Things I Recommend
  • Things I Own
  • Things to Check Out

You can save directly to these lists without actually creating them.

Save items to a default or existing list

  1. Select the checkbox next to one or more items in your results list.
    • To save all items in the result set, click Select All.
    • To remove any checks you have made, click Clear All.

     Note: Dependent on your library's subscription, not all results can be saved to a list.

  2. Select a default or existing list from the Save to drop-down list.
  3. Click Save. A confirmation message appears and any checked boxes are cleared.

Save items to a new list

  1. Select the checkbox next to one or more items in your results list.

     Note: Dependent on your library's subscription, not all results can be saved to a list.

    • To save all items in the result set, click Select All.
    • To remove any checks you have made, click Clear All.
  2. Select [New list] from the Save to drop-down list.
  3. Click Save. The Create New List screen appears.
  4. Enter a name for your list in the List Name field. List names cannot exceed 75 characters.
  5. Select a privacy setting for your list.
    • Viewable by Anyone (Public)
    • Viewable Only by Me (Private)
  6. Click Create New List. You return to your search results, a confirmation message appears, and any checked boxes are cleared.

Rename a list

  1. From My Lists, click list name > Settings.
  2. Change the List Name.
  3. Click Save List Settings.

Share a list

 Note: You can only share public lists.

  1. From My Lists, click list name > Share.
  2. Under First, Enter Your Friends' Info, enter the name and email address for up to five friends.
  3. Under Then, Customize Your Invitation and Send It:
    1. (Optional) Enter or edit your name in the Your Name field.
    2. (Optional) Edit the suggested message.
  4. Click Send Invitation. A confirmation page confirms the message was sent. The invitation will be sent from the email address you have provided in your profile.

Save a list to your computer

  1. From My Lists, click list name > Export to CSV.
  2. From the dialog box launched by your PC, select the destination folder for the CSV file, and adjust the file name if desired. The resulting CSV file includes basic information about each library item on your list (such as title, author, and publisher) as well as the date you added the item to your list and any notes you have entered.

 Note: You may also export your list as bibliographic citations under the Citation View.

Delete a list

  1. From My Lists, click list name > Delete. The Delete List screen opens.
  2. From the Delete List screen, click Yes. Permanently delete my entire list. Your list is automatically deleted and you return to the My Lists page.

Print a list

  1. From My Lists, click the list name.
  2. On the Details and Notes View tab, make sure the desired sort method is currently applied to your list.
  3. Click Print. A new pop-up window will appear displaying your complete list in simplified form. If the window does not open, make sure it is not being blocked by your browser or toolbar software. Any notes you have added for list items, as well as the date each item was added to your list, will also be displayed. Depending on where you are using WorldCat.org, a print dialog for your PC or workstation may also appear simultaneously.
  4. From the dialog box launched by your PC, select the printer and click Print.
     Note: You can also print your list as bibliographic citations by clicking Citations View, selecting the desired citation style and sort method, and then clicking Print.

Copy/move items from one list to another

  1. From My Lists, click the list name that contains the item.
  2. On the Details and Notes View tab, select the checkbox next to the item(s) you want to copy or move to another list.
  3. Click Copy or Move.
  4. On the resulting screen, choose a destination list from the drop-down list.
  5. Click Copy or Move. The list receiving the item is displayed as a confirmation.

Delete items from a list

  1. From My Lists, click the list name that contains the item.
  2. On the Details and Notes View tab, select the checkbox next to the item(s) you want to delete.
  3. Click Delete.
  4. From the Delete Item(s) screen, click Yes, Delete. The list the item was deleted from is displayed as confirmation.

Watch lists

You can watch lists and save any lists you are watching to your My WorldCat profile.

You can also access lists you are watching by selecting Lists I am Watching from the My WorldCat drop-down menu.

To watch a list:

  1. Search for a list.
  2. Click the check box next to a list you would like to watch.

     Note: Dependent on your library's subscription, not all lists can be watched.

  3. Click Watch Selected. The following confirmation message appears: The selected lists have been added to your Watch List on your My WorldCat page.
  4. To stop watching a list, navigate to your lists page and click Stop watching.

Notes

You can add a brief (up to 255 characters) note about an item by using the My Note feature. You can use this note for many purposes:

  • On a private list, you might use it to help you remember why you've included the item in your list.
  • On a public list, you might use it to briefly describe why another person should read, view or listen to that item. Remember that notes you save on your public list can be read by anyone who views the list.

To add or edit a note:

  1. On the Details and Notes View tab, click Edit Note for the associated item.
  2. Type or edit your note.
  3. Click Save Note. Your note appears under My Note.

RSS feed

The RSS Feed button lets you subscribe to any public WorldCat list as an RSS feed and monitor changes to it using any RSS-capable Web site or software application. The button is supplied by AddThis.com.

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is an information format used by news-media sites, blogs and other Web services that are frequently updated. RSS feeds typically carry brief summaries of the information currently available at a specific Web location, so you can see what's new without having to view the site in a browser.

To subscribe to a WorldCat list as RSS:

  1. On the Details and Notes View tab, click RSS FEED. The AddThis "Subscribe to Feed" page appears, which links you to a variety of free Web services that can monitor RSS feeds, including personalized home pages at Google and Yahoo!.
  2. Select one of the displayed services, then either sign in to the service or create a new user account.

If you are using a Web browser with built-in RSS capabilities (such as Internet Explorer 7, Firefox, Opera or Safari), click the View XML link on the AddThis subscribe page to monitor the feed from your browser. If you use other RSS-capable software, simply right-click View XML and copy the link location into the program's facility for adding feeds.

 Note: Private WorldCat lists cannot be monitored as RSS feeds. Although the RSS Feed button is displayed when you view your private list, other WorldCat users cannot see your list and no information can be obtained through the feed.

 

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