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LEAP 1100--004, 008, & 009 (Professor Wood): WorldCat

Using WorldCat for Interlibrary Loan

WorldCat is a union database of materials owned by different libraries. If you search here for a book title that the library catalog does not have, you may be able to find it and request it via  Interlibrary Loan. Interlibrary Loan allows us to borrow books and articles from other libraries on your behalf.

To use WorldCat to request an item via Interlibrary Loan:

1. Go the the library homepage at and click on the Research Databases tab above the search box. Then, choose W from the alphabet.

2. Scroll down the list of databases, which are in alphabetical order, until you reach WorldCat. Click on the red title link.

3.  Enter your search terms in the keyword box. You can also narrow down by year of publication.

4. Once you complete the search, you can narrow down further. For instance, you can limit your results to items that are not juvenile, not fiction, or not microform.

5. You can also click on tabs to narrow down by material type.

6. If you see an item with a green University of Utab icon next to it, that means that it is available in teh library. So, you can go to our library page and search for it.

7. If you seen an item without that icon and you cannot find the item in the catalog, you can request it via Interlibrary Loan. To request it, first click on the title of the item.

8. Then, in the record, look for the blue link that says Request Interlibrary Loan and click there

9. You may see a screen asking you to choose your institutional affiliation. Choose J. Willard Marriott Library

10. If you have never used Interlibrary Loan, you will be prompted to fill in some contact information before you can use it. However, once you do that, clicking on the link above should automatically fill out a book request for you. Review the request and make sure the information iws correct. Once you verify it is correct, click the Submit Request button on the bottom of the page. Y


11. If your request went through, you should see a screen listing the item as a Pending Request. You will receive an email when your book is ready to be picked up, and you can pick it up at the Reserve Desk on the second floor (above Mom's Cafe).



Downloading WorldCat citations into EndNote Basic

To download citations from WorldCat to EndNote Basic:

1. If you would like to download multiple citations into EndNote Basic, start on the WorldCat search results page. Click the checkbox next to each item that you would like to download, and then click the Export button on the gray ribbon along the top of the screen.


2. You will see a screen asking you which items you want to export--note that the default option is the entire page of results, not just the ones you selected. Choose EndNote as the program to export to, and then click the Export button.


5. A new window will open up asking where you want to save the file. Save it on your Desktop or in another place where you can easily find it.

6. Now, open your EndNote Basic Account. Click on the Collect tab and choose the Import References link. Browse for the file with the citation information, and choose WorldCat (OCLC) as your import option. Select the group to which you want to send the citations and press the Export button.

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