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Booking It on the Net, Part II

February 6th, 2004 by jimm wetherbee in Databases

By now everyone knows that the Ethel K. Smith Library has over 110,000 book titles and access to another 20,000 through netLibrary on NC-LIVE. However–through the magic of Inter-library Loan and another NC-LIVE database–students, faculty, and staff have access to millions of book titles from across the country and around the globe and more. That other NCLIVE database is WorldCat.

If one looks at the EKSplorer Online Catalog of the Wingate Library, one doesn’t see the full text of the books displayed. What one does see is the record of where the books may be found. This is the bibliographic record. With an online bibliographic record, one is able to search by author, title, subject, table of contents, and so on. Libraries have been creating these online bibliographic records for over thirty-five years and have been storing them in a central location. That central location is called OCLC, the producers of WorldCat. Just like the Online Catalog of the Library, one can search through millions of online bibliographic records on an incredible array of topics.

The easiest way to find WorldCat is to go to NC-LIVE’s Alphabetical Database List ( and look for WorldCat. Just like the Online Catalog, WorldCat doesn’t provide the full text of the book, but it does provide all the bibliographic information one would need to request an Inter-library Loan. Because WorldCat is available through NC-LIVE@Home, one can search WorldCat from anywhere anytime. Also, when one finds the perfect book, it isn’t even necessary to go the library to fill out an Inter-Library Loan form. It is available online at Just remember, Inter-library Loans take between five and ten working days to fill. We’ll even give you a call when your Inter-library Loan request arrives.

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