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License Begins: 
January 1, 2018
License Ends: 
December 31, 2018

FirstSearch is a portal service to OCLC bibliographic databases and reference sources. 

FirstSearch Databases: https://www.oclc.org/support/services/firstsearch/documentation/dbdetails.en.html

WorldCat anchors FirstSearch with its millions of online records built from the bibliographic and ownership information of contributing libraries. Your users can connect to the materials in your library and in other libraries—both print and electronic—from WorldCat records and article citations in other FirstSearch databases. WorldCat records in FirstSearch provide the fastest access to library ownership information.

When you subscribe to the WorldCat database on FirstSearch, your library’s resources become visible in Web sites of popular search engines and other partner Web sites. This means your users will find the resources you provide for them from sites they visit regularly. Permits cross-searching.

Seamlessly linking your users to articles, electronic books and journals, digitized special collections and more, FirstSearch provides an affordable way to give your users access to the world’s information.

 2018 Update:

  • Option to use FirstSearch or WorldCat Discovery interface or both, continues
  • All subscribers get access to all FirstSearch databases including WorldCat
  • The WorldCat database continues to grow, 50+ million digital items – OAIster, Hathi Trust, GoogleBooks and more, 430 + million physical items – books, archival, theses, scores and maps and over 2  billion eBooks
  • WorldCat Discovery enhancements include –
Chron coverage: 
Coverage varies by database
Usage Stats: 

The WorldCat Services Administrative Module includes a link to view your usage statistics.

Content Types: 
Notes on Subscribers: 

Subscriber Details: Mount Royal to join in July 2018

FirstSearch Base Package (includes WorldCat):

  • Athabasca University
  • Brandon University
  • University of Regina
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • University of Victoria
  • WorldCat Only:

  • Thompson Rivers U.
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Manitoba