What’s WorldCat TU?

August 20, 2010 at 7:00 am Leave a comment

One of the biggest changes we made to the Library’s website this past week was the integration of WorldCat TU.  You’ve probably noticed the big icon for it right underneath the search box.  And, if you’ve searched for books from the Library’s home page, you may have used WorldCat TU without even knowing it.  But what is it?

WorldCat TU is what we library people like to call a “discovery tool”.  These tools are geared towards making it easier to find and discover resources in the library.  By resources, we’re talking about books, articles, videos, and many other formats.  When we say ‘library’, we mean things here at Towson, but also resources at other libraries, including those within the University System of Maryland (USMAI).  So, WorldCat TU lets you search for many different types of materials available at libraries all over the world (Towson’s items will show up first in the list).  Remember, even if we don’t have something, there’s a good chance you can get it from another USMAI library or through Interlibrary Loan.

In addition to searching, you can also browse through resources in WorldCat TU.  This is facilitated through the use of filters, like format (i.e. books, articles, etc.), subject (i.e. literature, medicine, etc.), or author (i.e. Dickens, Hemingway, etc.).  These filters make it easy to refine the results from your initial search and get rid of all the things that don’t fit what you’re looking for.

WorldCat TU is a great resource to use as you begin your research.  Remember, though, we have a lot of other useful resources (like our Research Databases).  So while WorldCat TU might be your first step in the research process, make sure it isn’t your last!

View this introductory tutorial for more information about WorldCat TU

If you have further questions about WorldCat TU, be sure to ask us about it.

Happy searching!

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