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WorldCat Discovery search fundamentals

Course description

This course provides instruction on performing searches through WorldCat Discovery.

Upon completion of this session, learners will be able to execute basic and expert searches, select indexes and enter terms for guided searching on the advanced search screen and identify specific databases to search from a presented list. In addition, learners will be able to use filters and limits to refine results, perform searches for known items and identify searching differences from FirstSearch service.    

This module does not cover information about how to get started with WorldCat Discovery Services.

This course is for library staff members who want to enhance their abilities and develop new approaches to searching WorldCat and other databases that are part of WorldCat Discovery.

Register to obtain your library's custom Web address (URL) for WorldCat Discovery.

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Course handouts

WorldCat Discovery search fundamentals


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