Research Tip: Making lists in the WorldCat Library Catalog

The WorldCat Library Catalog has a new and useful feature. If you create a personal WorldCat account, you can generate lists of items from your search results. These lists now include call numbers. It may seem like a small change, but for students generating a list of books to go and find on the shelves, it means no more writing down call numbers. For our staff working at the Reference Desk, such a list will make it much easier for them to help you find the books you are looking for.

Faculty can generate a list of recommended readings, and share this list with their class. Anyone with a WorldCat account can create a customized list, and share it with the World. To set up your WorldCat account, enter the Library Catalog, and look for the “WorldCat” link at the far right top corner of the screen. Follow the links to “sign in” to enter an existing account or to “create an account now.”

Creating a list is simple. Do a catalog search, and put a check mark in the box next to each item you wish to include. Center screen, right above your search results, is a box with a drop-down menu to “Save” the selected items to a list.

It is even possible to search for lists shared by other WorldCat users. Try this: in the top menu bar, where you found “WorldCat,” pull down the menu for “Search.” Search for lists, and type in Susquehanna, to see a list called Stories of the Susquehanna Valley Collection.

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