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WorldCat Discovery release notes, January 2020


Release Date: January 29, 2020


This release of WorldCat Discovery provides two new features and enhancements in addition to numerous bug fixes. These features will help you manage more complex workflows, including:

  • Integration of LibKey Discovery (BrowZine) with the OCLC Incoming Link Resolver
  • Updated citation styles
  • Correct display of custom translations

Many of these enhancements are the direct result of your feedback.

Recommended actions

For this release, we recommend that you review the following checklists and complete the relevant tasks so that you can adjust your policies and workflows and train your staff. These checklists identify updates that we have determined as significant for most institutions. We encourage you to review all of the items in the release notes to determine whether there are other items that might require additional action or follow up by your institution.

Administrative actions

These items require immediate action or decisions.


New features and enhancements

LibKey Discovery integrated with incoming OCLC Link Resolver

When users navigate to your WorldCat Discovery A to Z list from Google Scholar or any third-party database using OCLC's link resolver, they will now see their LibKey Discovery integration display when the integration returns links to View PDF and "Explore articles..." from the issue containing the article or the most recent issue of the journal.

Prior to this release only searches that began on the A to Z platform would correctly display the LibKey Discovery integration. For more information on how to configure this integration please refer to documentation found here.


Updated citation styles

This release will include updated style manuals to ensure users are creating the best citations possible. The table below lists the style manual updates:

Old Updated
ASA 5th ed. ASA 6th ed.
Chicago (author-date) 16th ed. Chicago (author-date) 17th  ed.
Chicago (notes-bibliography) 16th ed. Chicago (notes-bibliography) 17th ed.
Harvard (Cite Them Right) 9th ed. Harvard (Cite Them Right) 10th ed.
Turabian (author-date) 8th ed. Turabian (author-date) 9th ed.
Turabian (notes-bibliography) 8th ed. Turabian (notes-bibliography) 9th ed.

Bug fixes

Custom translations will display properly

After this release the following custom translations available within Service Configuration for WorldCat Discovery will display properly in the WorldCat Discovery user interfaces. Prior to this release, custom translations could be configured in Service Configuration , but would not display in the WorldCat Discovery interface.

 Note: If your institution is not configured to have a Level 2 or Level 3 Group, you will not see this section in your Place Hold/Request section.

Service Configuration > WorldCat Local and WorldCat Discovery Selection within Specific setting
User Interface Options Branding & Customization Navigation bar descriptive text
Custom Links Display Text for all links
Authentication Prompt for Restricted Content Display Text for all fields
Full Text OpenURL Resolvers (outgoing requests) Full Text OpenURL Resolver (optional) Link Label
Place Hold/Request Buttons <Your library name> Place Hold/Request Button (Level 1) Level 1 Button Label
<Your library name> Recall Button (Level 1) Level 1 Tool Tip Text
<Your Level 2 Group name> Place Hold/Request Button (Level 2) Level 2 Button Label
<Your Level 3 Group name> Place Hold/Request Button (Level 3) Level 3 Button Label
ILS Support and Maintenance User Support Custom privacy policy header and message
Customized broken link report confirmation message
A - Z List and OCLC Link Resolver Display Options "Fulfillment is not available" Text
Online Catalog Text
Customized broken link report confirmation message

Check Holdings functionality for Libraries Worldwide display corrected

When a user has configured local holdings to display without availability in the Libraries Worldwide section of WorldCat Discovery item detail views, they should now see the shelving location and call number display properly. To enable or disable this functionality users can navigate to OCLC Service Configuration > WorldCat Discovery and WorldCat Local > Local and Enhanced Content> Enable display of LHR Location and Call Number (without availability). Users will see the Check Holdings button display when a bibliographic level hold is present.

 Note: When there is no local holding record associated with the bibliographic holding nothing will display upon click of Check Holdings. We are working on a future enhancement to improve this experience.


New content

This is a list of new databases added to WorldCat Discovery and since our last update.

You can enable these databases as search options in the Licensed Content and Databases module of the OCLC Service Configuration site. Please remember that your library must have a valid subscription to these databases in order to enable them.

Available in WorldCat Discovery and

From Accessible Archives Inc
The National Standard A Women’s Suffrage and Temperance Journal began publication in 1870, supporting two of the major social movements in the late 19th Century – the Women’s Suffrage Movement and the Temperance Movement. It provided an outlet and forum for women’s viewpoints on social and political reform, literary culture, and highlighted efforts to ban the scourge of alcohol.
From Alexander Street
Counseling: John Whiteley Collection A collection of interviews with distinguished counselors and therapists including Rogers, Ellis, Skinner, and more.
Women and Social Movements, International (Video) Videos of major events and activists in the history of women’s international social movements.
Youth and Popular Culture Magazine Archive  Unique periodicals from 1940-present, highlighting topics and trends of youth culture such as fashion, rock and roll, sports, sexuality, dating, as well as youth portrayal in the media.
From Massachusetts Medical Society
New England Journal of Medicine The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) is the world’s leading medical journal and website. Published continuously for over 200 years, NEJM delivers high-quality, peer-reviewed research and interactive clinical content to physicians, educators, and the global medical community.
From Narr Francke Attempto Verlag
Narr Francke Attempto Verlag Narr Francke Attempto Verlag is an academic German publisher in the areas of humanities, economy, and theology.
From National Library of Medicine
PubMed Central PubMed Central® (PMC) is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM).

Important links

Support website(s)

Support information for this product and related products can be found at:

Include Request ID with problem reports

When reporting an issue with WorldCat Discovery, it is extremely helpful to include the Request ID. The Request ID is found at the bottom of the screen on which the issue occurred. Including this information allows us to directly trace what happened on the request we are troubleshooting.

Request ID