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Using Worldcat: Social Tools & More

Introduction to the Social Tools in WorldCat

WorldCat provides users with the ability to interact with its contents, organize useful resources, and share them with others through a variety of online social tools. This guide will show you how you can use WorldCat (whether its your college library catalog or the public-for-everyone WorldCat.org) to create and use these tools.

Note: a WorldCat Account is free,and differs from Your Library Account, requiring a separate login and password. With your Worldcat Account, you can:

  • Create lists of books or articles
  • Save searches
  • Contribute descriptive tags or reviews for books, media or articles

How to Create Your Worldcat Account

  1. Go to MSJC Worldcat and then click the "Sign In" button next to Worldcat, on the top right-hand corner of the screen. 
  2. Click on the "Create a Free Account Now" link.
  3. Fill out the form and click "I Agree" to create your account.

How to Create Lists

Lists are useful features for keeping groups of items together in an accessible spot.

  1. Search MSJC Worldcat for material on your topic.
  2. Select the items you wish to add to the list by

  3.                 Clicking on the  "Select All" link 

                                    - or - 

                     Clicking the box beside each item

  4. Click the drop-down menu and select "New List"or choose an existing list.
  5. Click "Save." If you are creating a new list, you will be prompted to enter a name and set the privacy level. You can change the privacy level at any time.

Finding Lists of Other Worldcat Users

This is a great way to find books related to your interests.

  1. Click on the "Search" drop-down menu on the top of the screen and "Search for Lists."
  2. Enter search terms to bring up lists created by other users.
  3. Click on a list and select "Watch this List" button to link the list to your profile.

Tags and Reviews

While logged in to your Worldcat account, you can add tags and reviews to any item. These tags and reviews are located at the bottom of each record and are visible to all WorldCat users.

Bookmark & Share

This icon is located in the upper right corner of your screen when you look at a WorldCat result list or the individual record for a book or an article. Once you click on it you will see links for posting items on Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, Delicious, and many other social networking and social bookmarking sites. 

 In the item view, you will also see an option to create a permalink - a URL that you can email or insert in a document or webpage that will always take you back to the specific item you created it from.