Collins Memorial Library is launching a new catalog, Puget Sound WorldCat, that allows you to search more than 190 million resources, including books, journals, articles, videos and DVD’s, CD’s, maps, government documents, and more. Through this one easy interface, you can search the holdings of Collins Library, Summit Libraries, and many other libraries worldwide.
Why are you switching to Puget Sound WorldCat?
Collins Memorial Library is dedicated to offering you access to the widest possible range of resources. Through Puget Sound WorldCat, you are now able to search the Collins library collection, Summit library collections, and the collections of many other libraries worldwide – all through one interface.
Although Puget Sound WorldCat has a global reach, you'll always see information about Collins Library collections and links to our services up front. Everything you need is displayed right within the WorldCat record, including location and availability information for the item, as well as prominent button links to reserve or request an item, or directly view electronic content such as the full text of an article.
The Puget Sound WorldCat interface also has several features that we hope you will find useful:
For more, please see the section of the FAQ called, “What else does Puget Sound WorldCat do?”
What does Puget Sound WorldCat include?
What is not included in Puget Sound WorldCat?
What other resources are available to me?
Why do articles show up in my search results?
In addition to searching for books and media, Puget Sound WorldCat lets you search citations for over 66 million articles, and conveniently provides links to the full text when it’s available through Collins Library – or a link to request through InterLibrary Loan when it’s not. Citations come from databases that cover a wide range of subjects to help you find the information you need, whether it comes in book, article, or another format. This makes Puget Sound WorldCat a great place to begin your research, but it’s important to note that Collins Library provides access to significantly more databases and online journal content than is represented in Puget Sound WorldCat. Start your research with Puget Sound WorldCat – but don’t stop there!
A list of databases currently searchable through Puget Sound WorldCat is available here.
Will Summit searching change now that we have Puget Sound Worldcat?
If you already use Summit, then the new Puget Sound WorldCat interface will seem familiar – but now, resources owned by Collins Library will show up first, followed by Summit items, and then by items held in libraries worldwide.
You will no longer need to search separate catalogs for Collins Library holdings and Summit holdings. The Puget Sound WorldCat interface lets you search both at the same time, and also make requests for any items not currently available at Collins.
What will happen to SIMON?
SIMON will still be maintained for your convenience. Don’t worry, it’s not going anywhere! But, you will notice that we’re now calling it “Collins Catalog,” since it searches only those items held locally at Collins library – and that helps to distinguish it from Puget Sound WorldCat, which searches libraries worldwide.
When should I use Puget Sound WorldCat?
Use Puget Sound WorldCat to:
When should I use the Collins Catalog?
Use the Collins Catalog to:
Are there any advanced search options in Puget Sound WorldCat?
Puget Sound WorldCat provides an Advanced Search screen that you can use to:
Puget Sound WorldCat also allows you to use special search syntax:
For additional help searching Puget Sound WorldCat, you can view online tutorials here, or Ask a Librarian for assistance.
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