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WorldCat is the world's largest network of library content; a union catalog of millions of books, manuscripts, maps, sound recordings, web resources, journals, newspapers, magazines, and other items of intellectual content worldwide. WorldCat does not generally include full-text items, however it does often link out to the full-text on the web. WorldCat does frequently include book chapter information. WorldCat contains records cataloged by OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) member libraries, such as the UT Arlington Library, offering more than 1.3 billion records of items published in more than 470 languages.

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The truncation symbol in WorldCat is an asterisk (*), and when this symbol is put at the end of a word, the database will be searched for all of the possible endings--suffixes--for that word. For example, the command terror* will also find the words: terrors, terrorism, and terrorist.

A phrase is indicated with quotation marks (" ") so that words that are surrounded by quotation marks are searched as a single string. For example, "welfare reform" will be searched as a two word phrase.

Two Boolean operators that are important in finding information are AND and OR. The AND is used to connect two different concepts and the OR is used between concepts that are synonymous. It is critical to put parentheses around a search expression that contains an OR. Here is an example:

(wom* OR girl*) AND (contracep* OR "birth control")

The first part of this statement will find material about females. The second part will look for the words "contraception" or "birth control". The AND then links the first set with the second. This should be an effective way to look for contraceptive issues facing girls and women.

John Dillard, MA, MS - - dillard@uta.edu
Social Work and Social Sciences Librarian

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