Wednesday, September 07, 2005

WorldCat Toolbars

OCLC's Open WorldCat service allows Internet searchers to find your collection via search engines. OCLC has worked with both Yahoo! and Google to create toolbars specific to searching Open WorldCat.
  • Yahoo! Toolbar -- Search libraries, i.e., WorldCat, instead of the web. Yahoo! also provides easy access to searching FirstSearch and NetLibrary (authorization may be required). Only works with Internet Explorer 5.0 and above.
  • Google Toolbar -- The AutoLink feature changes to "Show Book Info" if an ISBN number is on the web page. By default, it searches the WorldCat database; however, you can change the provider from WorldCat to another library database. Different versions available for Firefox 1.0+ and Internet Explorer 5.5+.
If you are a Firefox user, there are extensions available for both Yahoo! and Google. [FYI: I work for a network affilifated with OCLC.]

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