Alice Sneary: November 2010 Archives
You might have already noticed this--it's been available for a few weeks now. But for the record, wanted to let you know...Now you can select multiple facets when you search WorldCat.org, thanks to new checkboxes in the left side "narrow by format" column in the brief results display.
Here's an example, of how it can help:
I did a search on CYBER MONDAY and got 91 items returned.
Then I refined my search by simply checking the "eBook" format checkbox, and the results went from 91 to two (2): Santa Shops on eBay and futureconsumer.com: the webolution of shopping to 2010. Interesting to note on that last title--it was written in 2001. I am curious to read it, to see how many of the predictions came true.
But wait! There's more! The terms used to describe facets have also been updated to include additional information to help you more quickly identify the items you're looking for. For example, "internet resource" has now been broken down into smaller chunks, such as "downloadable image" and "web site" (See it in the classic WorldCat developer search for "dogs.")
No go forth and search! Faster! And more powerfully.
Just in time for those final research essays of the term. Or Cyber Monday shopping. You choose!
Good news: the widely available app Pic2Shop--the barcode-scanning app for mobile phones that includes library data from WorldCat--is now available in the Android marketplace.
Android users, compare books and other materials like crazy. Built using the WorldCat Search API and WorldCat Registry APIs, the app works worldwide. Check out other mobile apps that third-party developers have built using WorldCat data over on the Developer Network application gallery.
Now there's a special buy-it link that connects you to library-provided content on Amazon.com. These books are available on a print-on-demand basis and contain public domain works from Cornell University and the University of Michigan.
The new link is found in the "Buy it" section of a Worldcat.org detailed record, and will further expand access to the "long tail" information found in relatively few libraries around the world, but now made discoverable to anyone through WorldCat.org.
Sample titles include the following:
• Massasoit of the Wampanoags with a brief commentary on Indian character; and sketches of other great chiefs, tribes and nations; also a chapter on Samoset, Squanto and Hobamock, three early native friends of the Plymouth colonists, by Alvin Gardner Weeks
• Haiti, Her History and Her Detractors, by Jacques Nicolas Léger
• The Life of a Simple Man, by Emile Guillaumin
• The ministers wooing, by Harriet Beecher Stowe
How does this new link help you, the user?
Now you can purchase copies of these rare and valuable materials in the context of other library material results.
Get more details about the buy-it link over on the official announcement.