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Thursday, October 18th, 2007 by | Filed Under: Cool Sites


I love discovering new ways to search the Internet. Not only is it entirely helpful in finding cool Web sites to share with all of you, but I just love the developments that are being made to make searching more fun! Today, I found a search engine that allows you to search libraries near you for books, media, etc.

You just type a title, subject or person into the search field and click the Search button. Want more options? Then click the Advanced Search link underneath the search field. In the advanced search, you have more options, such as looking by author, keyword, ISBN, ISSN or OCLC number. You can also limit your searches by language, format and publication date.

If you register for a free account, which took no time at all for me to do, you can make your own list of items the library has that you want to check out over time. You can also share these lists with friends or keep them all to yourself.

To register, click the link at the top of the page and then fill out the following information: username, password, e-mail address, agree to the terms of use and then click “I Agree.” Next, confirm that you requested the account in the verification e-mail that comes to the e-mail address you provided. Once you’re logged in, you can use the sections under the My WorldCat tab, which will give you access to edit your profile, change your password, etc.

You also have the option to put WorldCat on your own Web site so that others can discover it from your page. Or, you can add it to your browser’s toolbar with an easy and quick download.

What other features do I love? Well, Ask a Librarian is a very nifty option. It allows you to get help from a librarian in your search results. You can also review materials and rate them. Or, you can get information on the Details section of an item in a Wiki type of style.

I hope you’ll get a lot of use out of this search engine. I mean, how else can you stay in touch with libraries all around you with the simple use of a search field? Enjoy it!

~ Amanda

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