Answered By: Timothy Grasso
Last Updated: Aug 23, 2018     Views: 7

Yes, it is possible to create custom searches of select databases directly in WorldCat! This can save researchers considerable time by allowing them to search multiple databases simultaneously, rather than having to conduct multiple searches on each individual database page. In most cases, results for full text resources will include a direct link to the desired database.

This is accomplished through the advanced search page. On the right side of advanced search you will see a series of database filters:

You will notice that the default setting on this page is the "WorldCat.org" database. This is the standard catalog search of books, journals, articles, etc. that are in the OCLC union catalog including Fuller's print holdings and many eBook records, along with records from thousands of libraries around the world. 

The basic returns from a "worldcat.org" search can be increased by the addition of supplemental databases to generate more comprehensive results, or the results can be restricted by the select searching of particular subject databases.

Database "groups" were created to make comprehensive searching easier for particular subjects and formats. For instance, clicking "select all in group" under theology or psychology will select all of the databases pertaining to those subjects. The same holds true for the 'articles' and 'book' groups for those interested in expanding results in those formats. 

If you wish to browse all available databases (or those in any group) you can expand the database list by clicking the arrow next to the title. You can then use the boxes to select individual databases to search (or deselect particular databases from a group search). 

Regardless of which databases you select, you must click "Save Changes" before conducting your search, or your new database selections will not apply. The results of your search can be further filtered using the search tools on the left of the result screen (including the filtering of selected databases). 

Please Note: the linking of database records with WorldCat, while useful, is usually not perfect. If you want the most comprehensive search possible it is still best practice to search a particular database directly through the library's database page