The Database You Need to Use: WorldCat
*Please check if your local library subscribe to WorldCat Database. You can also use the Free WorldCat Database Public Version for your search.
- WorldCat database, a combined library catalog which covers the collections of more than 10,000 libraries in the world, is an essential part of ILL/DD transactions in North America. ILL/DD staff will search WorldCat and identify the holding libraries of the requested materials. (A few Japanese Libraries also use this WorldCat database to do ILL/DD transactions with North America.
Hints for Using WorldCat to Make Your ILL/DD Requests
- PROVIDING THE ACCURATE BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION is the most essential to make your ILL/DD requests successful. In addition, if you could identify the material you are looking for in WorldCat and include the accession number in your ILL/DD request, it would be very helpful for ILL/DD staff to promptly process your request.
- If the bibliographic information in your ILL/DD request is inaccurate or incomplete, ILL/DD staff will have a very difficult time to process your request. For example, these requests prevent ILL/DD staff from promptly finding proper records in WorldCat:
NG: Citation is in Japanese only
NG: Citation does not use the standard Romanization system (Modified Hepburn)
What Makes Your ILL/DD Requests More Successful?
- Provide ACCURATE bibliographic information as much as possible:
o Author, title (article title, journal title), edition, publisher, publication date, etc.
o NG: Tanizaki, Jun’ichirō → Tanizaki Junichiro
- Include OCLC’s “accession number” (also called “OCLC number”) in your request. If you are requesting journal articles, include the accession number of the journal.
- Click here to find the OCLC number in the WorldCat record
- Click here to find the sample form of an ILL request.