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MIT's WorldCat Help: Features

Learn about MIT's WorldCat: features, how to and help

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1. Requesting materials via WorldCat

You may request materials that the MIT Libraries do not own using Borrow Direct or WorldCat.  Materials on loan or on course reserve are also requestable via Borrow Direct. The item will be shipped to an MIT Library for pickup

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2.  Different editions consolidated on one record

No need to wade through a different record for each edition of a book, since all editions are linked from one main record for the item.

3. Narrowing by facets

On the results screen you may narrow by facets such as library, author, databases, format, year, content, language, or topic.

For example, if you search for "java," you may wish to narrow the large number of results to "Dutch East Indies" or "Map" in order to get different kinds of topical results than those about the programming language.

4. Simple to cite items and save your citations

When you're looking at a record, you're a click away from finding the proper citation format in several different styles. Records can be exported to EndNote and Zotero quickly.

5.  Find similar items

Find more books in a particular subject area. 

 6. Best Match ranking and sorting

Results will be ranked by Best Match as a default, but you can choose to sort by author, title, or date.

7. Creating a user profile

Users can create a public or private profiles at with personal information, and link to lists of items, favorited libraries, reviews or searches you've created in MIT's WorldCat.