OCLC/WorldCat online for free

Allen W Thrasher athr at LOC.GOV
Mon Aug 14 18:42:07 UTC 2006

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The gigantic online database OCLC's search interface WorldCat is now available online free at < http://www.worldcat.org >.  It is an online union catalog of thousands of research libraries in North America, Europe, Japan, Australia, and elsewhere.  Academics probably have access to it through their institution, but this version is available to everyone. This version allows a limit command to find the copies nearest to oneself.  See also a news release about it at < http://www.oclc.org/news/releases/200632.htm >.   Another pertinent news release is at < http://www.oclc.org/news/releases/200625.htm >, which tells of the agreement between OCLC and RLG/RLIN, the other great online union catalog, to merge with each other.

Allen Thrasher

Allen W. Thrasher, Ph.D., Senior Reference Librarian
South Asia Team, Asian Division
Library of Congress, Jefferson Building 150
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Washington, DC 20540-4810
tel. 202-707-3732; fax 202-707-1724; athr at loc.gov
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