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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

WorldCat: Search Results

A guide to using the WorldCat database.

Refine and Sort Results

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Sort results by best match, date, holding library, or alphabetically by author or title using the drop-down menu to the left of the search results. Refine your search by library, format, content type, publication year, author/creator, subject, database, language, and audience using the expanding menus to the left of the search results.

Find Full Text

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To find full text, open the item record by clicking on its title in the search results. Select "Discover UIUC Full Text" to find the item in Illinois' online library catalog or I-Share catalog. If full text is unavailable, you may request a copy of the book from InterLibrary Loan directly from the item record in WorldCat. 

Other Features

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At the top-right of each item record are options for citation and document management:

  • Export or copy a citation to a citation manager such as RefWorks or EndNote
  • Copy the URL for the item record
  • Email the item record to yourself or others
  • Save the item to you "My Items" list