by Delia

We're genealogists. We always want more. More information about our ancestors. More details. More maps, more cemetery records, more church histories. And when we run across a vague reference to another source, we want that, too. WorldCat (World Catalog) may be just what you need.

WorldCat is part of OCLC. OCLC, the Online Computer Library Center, was founded in 1967 as the Ohio College Library Center, and was intended to aid Ohio libraries by sharing cataloging records and to facilitate interlibrary loans. By the 1990s, it was used by libraries all over the world and the first public access catalog, WorldCat, was made available through libraries. Now, WorldCat is available online from any computer. It not only allows you to search for books, computer resources and select articles by author, title, subject and keyword, but allows you to limit to language, date published, and format. The result will let you know in what library or archives the material is located, but also how far it is from your location.WorldCat also allows you to create your own free account, which will allow you to create lists of material you've used or plan to use.

If you haven't tried WorldCat, now is the time. Have Fun!