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Political Science

A brief guide to information resources in Political Science

WorldCat: World's Largest catalog of library catalogs

WorldCat, produced by the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), is the world's largest catalog of library catalogs.  Featuring more than 300 million bibliographic records for books, scores, periodicals, videos, maps, recordings, and other items, WorldCat includes holdings records of more than 70,000 libraries worldwide.  WorldCat / OCLC is the backbone of the Library's interlibrary loan service. To access WorldCat, go to the Library homepage, click on "Browse our Databases by Title," scroll down, and click on WorldCat (not World Cat Local).

Searching for books in WorldCat

WorldCat and Interlibrary Loan

Once you've located a useful book in WorldCat and you wish to borrow the book from another library, click on the bar marked "Request Item through Interlibrary Loan"" (see arrow).  You'll then be given an online form to complete, in which the information for the book is already input by WorldCat.   If a book you find in WorldCat is owned by Stetson, there will be a icon noting this.

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