This guide will introduce you to the Davidson Library Worldcat.
The guide is organized as follows:
- Getting started
- Search tips
- Your Library Account
- Renewing an Item
- Placing a hold
- WorldCat Account
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
This is the content in Worldcat Classic; you can submit interlibrary loan requests for many of these materials.
- Citations to articles in the following databases and collections:
An interdisciplinary database indexing over 16,000 journals (1990 to present)
Over 1.3 million citations to education-related articles, books, papers, and other materials
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)
Over 6.9 million citations to conference papers (1993 to present)
Over 190,000 citations to conference proceedings (1993 to present)
Citations to freely-accessible digital archival resources.
Davidson Library WorldCat
Questions? Need help?
Self-guided access to our subject guides, online tutorials, and online resources.
Personal instruction from a Peer Research Advisor at the information desk.
Personal instruction from a Research Librarian.
Personal instruction in a group setting from Peer Research Advisors and Research Librarians in the Fishbowl.
Dedicated and in-depth personal instruction from a Research Librarian.
Note: If you are not affiliated with the college, research help may be limited. We can always help with U.S. Government information, federal government documents on deposit in our library, and materials that are unique to Davidson College.