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Davidson Library Worldcat: Getting Started

Information about Davidson Library Worldcat, including how to search and create accounts.

Getting started

This guide will introduce you to the Davidson Library Worldcat.

The guide is organized as follows:

To navigate, click the tabs at the top of the guide.

Note: For a quick, printable overview of searching, see our getting started handout (pdf).

What Davidson Library WorldCat does

Davidson Library Worldcat is the library's catalog, but it is much more than a traditional catalog. It provides information about the books, videos, government documents, archival resources, and periodicals held by our library; it also includes links to full-text resources and citations to millions of articles. In addition, you can use it to extend your search beyond Davidson and locate books and selected articles held by other libraries.

We hope that Davidson Library Worldcat will be a useful starting point for your research.


What Davidson Library Worldcat contains

At this time, Davidson Library Worldcat contains:

  • Records for the 1.4 million books, e-books, periodicals, videos, government documents, archival resources, and maps in the Davidson College Library
  • Records for over 200 million books, videos, government documents, archival resources, and maps held by over 72,000 libraries worldwide
    You can submit interlibrary loan requests for many of these materials.
  • Citations to articles in the following databases and collections:
    • ArticleFirst
      An interdisciplinary database indexing over 16,000 journals (1990 to present)
    • ERIC
      Over 1.3 million citations to education-related articles, books, papers, and other materials
    • JSTOR
      Articles in over 1,400 scholarly journals
      Indexes over 5,500 biomedical journals (1946 to present)
    • British Library Inside Serials
      Article citations from over 20,000 journals (1993 to present)
    • PapersFirst
      Over 6.9 million citations to conference papers (1993 to present)
    • ProceedingsFirst
      Over 190,000 citations to conference proceedings (1993 to present)
    • OAIster
      Citations to freely-accessible digital archival resources.

Davidson Library Worldcat


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