WorldCat is the world's largest library catalog. It is a catalog of library catalogs, including the Library of Congress. This database does not provide full-text of books and articles, but it will help you identify whatever has been published on any subject. WorldCat has full cataloging records for more than 250 million books, government documents, musical scores and recordings, maps, and videos. The database also serves as the interlibrary loan system for more than 70,000 libraries.
Why Use WorldCat?
A well-resourced paper should include scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles and authoritative books. After you've checked for books in the Library Catalog, and depending on how much information you need, going to WorldCat will give you information about other useful books. Even large academic libraries cannot acquire all the books on every topic of interest to researchers, so WorldCat's shared catalog allows you to supplement what the duPont-Ball Library has in its hardcopy and e-book collections.
On the Library homepage, click on Databases by Title. Scroll down and click on WorldCat (not WorldCat Local). To focus your searching, you can limit your retrieval in serveral ways:
WorldCat and Interlibrary Loan
When you are searching WorldCat and find a book of interest, you can initiate an interlibary loan request by clicking on the ILL icon at the top of the catalog record for the book. You'll then be prompted to enter your information so that when the book is received in the Library a notice will be sent to you.