May 2011 Archives
We all have wondered at one time or another if our search terms were good ones. Now a new suggested search option on WorldCat.org prompts you with possible search terms, with the most-used terms and phrases suggested at the top. You see this example, when I'm starting to type something about "financial." Each letter you type, the suggestions respond to the additional letters you type.
The new suggested search complements the "Did you mean?" prompt, that happens when you might have used a search term that looks like it might be misspelled.
Hey hey! We're now pleased to announce that WorldCat.org has been translated into Portuguese. Now, wherever you are, you can self-select your language preference as Portuguese or one of the other six languages: Simplified Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Spanish and Portuguese.
Today, WorldCat represents more than 225 million bibliographic records, more than 2 million of which reflect Portuguese-language records. Libraries, museums and archives in Brazil and Portugal have contributed nearly 700,000 Portuguese-language records since June 30, 2010.
More WorldCat facts and statistics. And welcome, Portuguese scholars and readers.
Witness the return of the Top 20 List for April. Among the unsurprising "required reading list" items, an interest in the dark side of the American food industry and culture is showcased with Food, Inc. and Fast Food Nation. Another notable item is a hard to find collection of short stories entitled El Arrepentido y Otras Narraciones by Spanish author Ana María Matute, who became just the 3rd woman to win the Cervantes Prize for literature on April 27th.
2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
4. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
5. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders by the American Psychiatric Association
6. Python Essential Reference by David M. Beazley
7. Food, Inc. directed by Robert Kenner
8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
9. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
10. El Arrepentido y Otras Narraciones by Ana María Matute
11. Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
12. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
13. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
14. The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
15. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
16. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
17. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
18. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
19. Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
20. Night by Elie Wiesel