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Saving and citing:
You can search WorldCat on three levels.
The default setting is to Search all items globally.
You can limit your search to items from Dutch libraries. This way you will search items from libraries in the Netherlands including Utrecht University Library.
It is also possible to limit your search to only those items the Utrecht University Library offers access to. This material is tagged "held by: Utrecht University Library".
If you have too many results to view them all you can:
If you don't have enough results you can:
If you are looking for a specific edition of a book the best way to find it is to add the year of publication to your search terms.
Another option is to click on "explore all editions & formats". A list appears with all editions of a publication available in WorldCat. Titles which can be accessed via Utrecht University Library are on top. You can use filters to manage this list.
If you want to be able to see all editions from the start of your search you can leave the box "group related editions" unchecked in the top left corner of the search results screen.
In Advanced Search you can search specific field types.
You can also apply filters in advance by using the "limit your search" option. A good example may be limiting to the year of publication or only search for open access publications.
Please note: Be careful with the many options in Advanced Search. You might exclude items without wanting to.
By default, in WorldCat you search the catalogues of libraries ánd many of the databases to which the Utrecht University Library has access. You can see the list of available databases in "Advanced Search", on the right hand side of the screen.
You can make a selection of these databases in Advanced Search:
Please note: Not all databases and search engines for which the Utrecht University Library has a license are searchable in WorldCat. View the full list of search engines here.
You can use filters after a search. You will find the filtering options to the left of the screen.
WorldCat offers many filters, but be careful:
It is possible to save filters for a next search query:
WorldCat can format references in a number of different citation styles. Click the "cite" option for individual publications or for a selection of publications in the list under "My Items". You can copy the formatted references or export them directly to a reference management tool.
You can e-mail items (without citation formatting) by using the "Mail" button. If you want to copy a link to an item in WorldCat on a website or in an e-mail, then use the "Link" button.
Use the Author field in Advanced Search if you are looking for all the publications by one author in WorldCat. You can find it in the Search Index drop-down box.
Author search tips:
The fastest way to find a publication is by searching for the ISBN (for a book) or the ISSN (for a journal). In WorldCat you can simply enter this number in the Basic Search box.
There is a special filter in WorldCat that allows you to find open access publications.
In basic search:
In advanced search:
When using this filter you will limit your search to databases in WorldCat that offer open access publications.
There are different ways of sorting your search results in WorldCat.
Sorting "by Library" is the default setting. This way relevant material available from the Utrecht University Library will be shown first. If you choose a different sorting option then add the Utrecht University Library filter option as well if you want to limit your search to Utrecht material.
It is possible to temporarily save items during a search session. To do this use the "Save" button. You will find your saved items under "My Items" in the top right corner of your screen.
If you exit WorldCat, this list will be lost. A new session starts with an empty list.
Saving the list
To save the list, you can export the entire list, or individual items, to a reference manager tool via the "Cite" button. You can also send items to an e-mail address. See also the information in the box Citing, exporting and linking.
Please note: When you view the "My items" list, you will see a message saying "Staff may sign in to save your items to a personal list for later reference". This information is not correct and unfortunately we cannot correct this at present.