Answered By: Harry L. Whitlock II
Last Updated: Sep 27, 2021     Views: 15

WorldCat FirstSearch (WCFS) is a wonderful tool to locate where books and journals are available at other libraries around the U.S. and the world. Unfortunately, OCLC, the company that created and manages WCFS has determined that this discovery tool is a "legacy product" and are providing only minimal support. This database will disappear within the next couple of years.

In place of WCFS, OCLC is encouraging use of its newest product - WorldCat Discovery (WCD). Both WCFS and WCD search the OCLC catalog, so any item listed in that catalog is discoverable through either tool. However, WCD has the advantage of having an improved user-interface that makes it easier to locate books, journals, articles, and media than WCFS. A menu on the left-hand side of a results page allows you to filter for format (e.g., print, article, etc.), content type (e.g., full-text, peer-reviewed, fiction, nonfiction, etc.), date, subject, language, and other facets.

WCD can be accessed at this link:

Please be aware that problems have been reported when using WCD in Chrome, but no problems in Firefox or Safari.

WCFS will remain as an available database through the UW Libraries for some time. However, it will eventually be removed from the database listings. It can currently be accessed at this link:

Send any questions about using WCD or report problems with the WCD database to


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