WorldCat Discovery Reference Tool (FirstSearch)

Expiry Date: 
Friday, April 30, 2021
Vendor: 
Subscribers: 
Acadia University
Dalhousie University
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Mount Allison University
Mount Saint Vincent University
Nova Scotia Community College
NSCAD University
Saint Mary’s University
St. Francis Xavier University
Université de Moncton
Université Sainte-Anne
University of King’s College
University of New Brunswick
Currency: 
Fiscal Year: 
2020-2021
Description: 

FirstSearch provides access to a core collection of reference databases. The FirstSearch Base Package includes WorldCat as well as other databases such as CAMIO, Electronic Books and OAIster.

Underlying FirstSearch is the WorldCat database, the most comprehensive and up-to-date bibliographic resource available. Your users will find relevant records quickly and the location of resources—in your collection or at other libraries—with the click of a button. Users can start and refine searches at one of three different skill levels. And you have the ability to customize many aspects of the experience.

OCLC continues to enhance WorldCat Discovery with features from WorldCat Local and features requested by the WorldCat Discovery community.

In addition to ongoing WorldCat Discovery enhancements, OCLC will continue the full-featured WorldCat searching valued in FirstSearch in a new version of FirstSearch.  WorldCat Discovery and the new version of FirstSearch will continue as separate services, and FirstSearch search features will also be available to WorldCat Discovery users.  WorldCat Discovery remains the user-facing interface to WorldShare Management Services.

As OCLC works to deliver critical functionality to both WorldCat Discovery and the new version of FirstSearch, access to the current version of FirstSearch will extend beyond the 2016 calendar year into 2017.

Record Updated: 
Friday, June 12, 2020