Introduction

WSU WorldCat is an online search service made available by the WSU Libraries. You can search WSU WorldCat from the WSU WorldCat site (URL http://washingtonstate.worldcat.org/ or by going to the Libraries’ home page (URL http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/).

From WSU WorldCat, you can search for books, journal articles from a strong and growing array of research indexes, digital collections, and other materials. For books and media items like DVDs and CDs, you can search and request for delivery items that are held by any WSU library, along with items held by the libraries of the 35 other institutions in the regional Summit alliance. Taken together, WSU and the Summit institutions hold 9.2 million unique titles and 28.7 million items; for the first time, WSU WorldCat makes them requestable to you from a single search system.

WSU WorldCat also indexes over journal articles from sources like ArticleFirst and JSTOR (which have interdisciplinary coverage), PubMed (with health sciences coverage), and other indexes. Content from EBSCOhost and Elsevier ScienceDirect databases is also included.

From article records in WSU WorldCat, you can use the Find it! button to access, in many cases, full-text articles in electronic format. For items not owned by WSU, you can place requests for electronic article delivery using the ArticleReach service. With the recent elimination of interlibrary loan fees for WSU faculty, staff, and students, WSU WorldCat will enable you to efficiently find and obtain the materials that you need for your research.

A significant portion of Washington State University's online digital collections (digitized copies of unique items held locally) is also accessible through WSU WorldCat.

Getting started

To get started with WSU WorldCat searching, you can use this information:

Databases included in WSU WorldCat

WSU WorldCat provides access to a wide array of current article and information indexes.

An overview: Searching information databases in WSU WorldCat (URL http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/wcl/databasesearching.html)

Below are the databases that are currently included in WSU WorldCat searching:


WSU WorldCat's social networking tools

The following documents provide information on the social networking features of WSU WorldCat:

Managing requests for items found in WSU WorldCat

Your library accounts (documentation at URL http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/wcl/libraryaccounts.htm)

Detailed information on WSU WorldCat searching


Questions on WSU WorldCat?

Contact Al Cornish of the WSU Libraries (voice: 509-335-1895).