Available collections and databases
Available collections and databases - See which subscription databases you can add to your metasearch content.
Select Databases that a user can search in WorldCat Local/Discovery
Users will be able to search any of the selected databases by using Advanced Search in xxx.worldcat.org. If no databases are selected, WorldCat Local/Discovery will automatically be the database a user can search. A message appears with a link to add databases.
Searchable databases on xxx.worldcat.org: Selected databases appear in the list.
Change your settings
- Click add/remove databases to see a list of available databases.
Click the check box next to each database to be included.
If your institution does not have an unlimited subscription to a database, a warning message will appear. If you would like to continue and make this database searchable, enter your authorization and password and click Continue. If you click Cancel, the database will not be added.
If you wish to select non-OCLC licensed databases, you may select those but may be asked to provide a username and password for each. Databases with a double asterisk (**) require credentials.
When you select a database, it appears with an icon. The default icon () means that the database uses holdings in WorldCat to determine if your library holds an item.
If the database can be treated as held, you can switch the icon to elevate your holdings in search results. Mouse over the icon to see if it can be switched. The icon will turn gray and change to if it can be switched.
Click Done. A Warning message appears: This message does not currently apply to WorldCat Local customers. This message reflects our development efforts to begin allowing API access to the central index and data available for search through an API. We continue to work on this type of access to improve your ability to use WorldCat Local data in your library. We will inform you when this functionality is available to you.
Click Continue, or click Cancel to start over.
Choose the default database or group of databases to search from the drop-down list.
Organize your databases (optional)
You can create, name, and modify custom groups of databases to assist users in selecting the appropriate resources to search.
A database may appear in more than one group. In order for a database to appear in a group, you must have selected it to appear on xxx.worldcat.org in the Select Databases that a user can search in WorldCat Local/Discovery section.
You must have at least two databases selected to create a group. If no groups have been created, a message will display.
If you have two or more databases selected, you may create a new group.
Create a group
- Click Create a new database group. The Group Name and Databases in this group fields appear. All selected databases appear in the drop-down menu.
- Type a Group Name in the space provided. A confirmation message appears to tell you if the name is available.
- Click the check box next to each database to be included.
- Click save group.
If you have created groups, you may edit a group from this screen.
Edit a group
- Click edit group. The Group Name and Databases in this group fields become editable.
- Change the Group Name, if desired.
- Click the check box next to each database to be included or excluded.
- Click save group or cancel changes to start over.
Group display order
If you have two or more groups, you can define a display order. Highlight a group name from the list and use the arrows to order the custom groups based on how you would like them displayed to the user. Users will be able to see all databases ordered alphabetically below the groups.