Worldcat Bibliography Meaning

WorldCat is the manifestation of the creativity and innovation of the staff of OCLC and thousands of librarians. Unique in scale and unparalleled in data quality, WorldCat makes library collections findable and accessible around the world.

OCLC’s team of expert catalogers and data quality specialists constantly enrich WorldCat records with new and corrected information to ensure that WorldCat contains the highest quality records possible. Library staff members also enhance records through the OCLC Cataloging and Metadata Subscription (previously the OCLC Cataloging Subscription), making these records the industry standard for quality.

By enabling libraries to share high-quality library metadata and bibliographic records with each other, WorldCat has helped librarians dramatically reduce the time they spend on original cataloging. In 2016, OCLC member librarians copy cataloged 93% of their items from WorldCat, saving an average of 10 minutes per title. These librarians copy cataloged 17,922,895 titles during that year, so they saved around 3 million hours of time, collectively.

Partner content providers add records to WorldCat—sometimes before a resource is published—so library users can find the information they need as soon as it’s available.

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WorldCat brings together valuable information about collection items, electronic resources and the libraries that make them available.

“The biggest benefit for me has been the time savings. I don’t have to micro-manage my electronic collections and holdings; I used to literally add titles one by one, in some cases. If I know this is happening automatically, I don’t have to worry about it.”

Sandy Cahillane
Electronic Resources and Reference/Instruction Librarian
Bay Path University
Longmeadow, Massachusetts, United States

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Retrospective National Bibliographies of South Africa. Searching retrospectively. Other bibliographies of South Africa. National Bibliographies of other countries. Indexes and abstract journals. Moving from macro to micro. Finer content, wider base. Printed and electronic versions. Indexes and indexing journals. Periodical indexes. Indexes to individual periodicals. Indexing journals. General. Subject. Newspaper Indexes. Citation indexes. How a citation index works. Method of compilation. Using a citation index. Indexes to literary works. Abstract journals. Differences between indexing and abstract journals. Advantages of abstract journals. Types of abstract journal. General. Subject. Improved delivery modes. Electronic linking. Selection aids and Internet resources guides. Facilitating tools. Parameters of selection aids. Guides to reference sources. General guides. Specialised guides. In-print services. Compilation and parameters. Uses. Variety of forms. Review guides. Bibliographic directories. Bibliographies of bibliographies. Internet Resource guides. Guides to Internet resource guides. Information sources. Evaluating reference sources. Importance of evaluating. Criteria for printed reference sources. Authority. Purpose and scope. Currency. Audience. Treatment and objectivity. Format and arrangement. Additional criteria for electronic sources. Evaluating Internet resources. Authority/ Accuracy. Objectivity. Currency. Scope. Serials. Features of serial publications. Continuing titles and numbering methods. Current and retrospective information. Periodicals. Types. Information value. Electronic forms. Services based on electronic forms. Newspapers. Types. As sources of information. Online, CD-ROM, and Internet access. Press cuttings. Bibliographic control tools. Catalogues, lists and union catalogues. Indexing and abstract journals. Selection aids and Internet tools. Ready-reference sources. Special characteristics. Internet resources. Bookmarking. Internet resources guides, directories and portals. FAQ's. Directories. Telecommunications directories. Organisational directories. Professional directories. Almanacs and yearbooks. General almanacs. Encyclopedia yearbooks. International and national yearbooks. Subject yearbooks. Handbooks and manuals. Statistical sources. Bibliographic control tools. Dictionaries. Content and scope. Types of dictionary. General language. Translating. Subject. Special purpose. Electronic dictionaries. CD-ROM's, compendia and spellchecks. Term banks and Internet dictionaries. Finding what you need. Accompanying material. National Term Bank. Bibliographic control tools. Other uses of dictionaries. Encyclopaedias. Popularity as reference sources. Encyclopaedias through the ages. Parameters today. Multimedia. Updating. Categorising. General encyclopaedias. English-language examples. Other languages. Compendia. Subject encyclopaedias. Choosing a subject encyclopaedia. Hard copy or electronic? Printed encyclopaedias. Multimedia CD-ROM or DVD-ROM. Bibliographic control tools. Biographical sources. Understanding humans and history. Individual and collected biography. Important parameters. Types of collected biography. General or universal. National or regional. Specialised. Bibliographic control tools. Other places to look. Geographical and environmental sources. Earth description. Sources for reference. Maps. Atlases. General. Thematic. Road atlases and street guides. Using atlases. Gazetteers. Travel guides. Geographical Information Systems (GIS's). Internet Resources. Bibliographic control tools. Official publications. Introduction. What is an official publication? Information value. Structure of government in South Africa. South African Government publications. Gazettes. Parliamentary publications. Non-parliamentary publications. Departmental publications. State tenders. National statistics and census reports. Patents, trade marks, designs and copyright. Statutes and law reports. Bibliographic control tools. Intergovernmental organisations. Collections of official publications in South Africa. Official Publications Section at the NLSA. Official Publications Depositories (OPD's). Grey literature. What is grey literature? Non-trade material. Problematic bibliographic control. Theses. Information value. Registering completed research and research in progress. Reports. Types of report. Information value. Registering completed research and research in progress. Conference records. Sources emanating from conferences. Information value. Patents. Contents of a patent. Information value. Patent searches. Standards. Standards organisations. Standards Information Centre (SABS). Information value. Other types of grey literature. Trade literature. Translations. Manuscripts. Ephemera. Electronic grey literature and the Internet. GreyNet. Bibliographic control tools. Archival and museum collections. Other information service organisations. 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