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WorldCat Discovery release notes, 10 July 2024


Release Date: 10 July 2024


This release of WorldCat Discovery includes the following enhancements as well as bug fixes:

  • Deep link into WorldCat Entities for authors from the item details page
  • Find more popular works in search results

New features and enhancements

Deep link into WorldCat Entities for authors from the item details page 

With this release, users can now view a WorldCat Entity field within the descriptive bibliographic data of the item details page for records that have author entities URI data available. 


Within the field, the text “View on WorldCat Entities” is displayed above the authors’ names.  Each author’s name is a link that uses the WorldCat Entities URI from subfield $1 of MARC fields 100/110/700/710. When clicked, this opens a new browser tab and takes the user to the corresponding WorldCat Entities page for that author.


Staff users may sign in to OCLC Meridian® from the WorldCat Entities sign in prompt. 

You may configure the position of the WorldCat Entity field within the descriptive bibliographic data on your item details page via OCLC Service Configuration > WorldCat Discovery and WorldCat Local > Item Detail Settings > Reorder data fields. By default, the WorldCat Entity field is included in the ’Demote from View’ category for all libraries, meaning that users must choose to expand the ‘More Item Details’ section of the item details page to view it. You may choose to move the field to ‘Promote to View’ as well as to configure its position in the order of fields.    


Find more popular works in search results

With this release, users can more easily find classic and popular works.  When Search Results Display is set to Group editions and formats, WorldCat Discovery now measures the popularity of a work using the total number of worldwide library holdings for all editions and formats of the work. This boosts the relevance score of popular works when users rank their search results using the Best Match, Library, or Recency algorithms. Previously only the worldwide library holdings of the individual representative record for a group of editions and formats were used. 

This improved popularity boost is particularly beneficial when users have scoped their search to libraries worldwide and are looking for a popular work that your library or group does not hold. It is also effective when your library or group holds a relatively unpopular edition of a popular work.

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 OCLC Service Configuration. Please remember that your library must have a valid subscription to these databases in order to enable them.

Below is a list of new database names and providers for reference. The complete list of databases is available at

From Bloomsbury Publishing 

Bloomsbury History: Theory and Method - An educational resource dedicated to historiography and the examination of historical theory and methods using a global approach.

From IEEE 

IEEE Xplore Manning eBooks  - Technical books in all fields served by IEEE.

IEEE Explore Packt eBooks - Technical books in all fields served by IEEE.

From Mediengruppe Deutscher Apotheker Verlag 

BiblioScout - BiblioScout is an elibrary hosting scholarly content from various publishers, most of whom belong to the publishing group Mediengruppe Deutscher Apotheker Verlag. Content ranges from the humanities and social sciences to pharmacy, medicine and law, with a particular focus on classics and ancient history and pharmaceutical textbooks. The eLibrary hosts ebooks as well as journals.


Important links

Product website 

More product information can be found here.

Support website(s) 

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

If you have additional questions, please contact OCLC Customer Service by calling 1-800-848-5800 or 1-614-793-8682 Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. ET, or email For support enquiries in the UK and Ireland, please contact the Support Desk by calling +44-(0)114-281 60 42 or emailing Support is available between the hours of 09:00 and 17:30 (UK Time).

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.

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