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WorldCat UMD

News, tutorials, and tips for using Worldcat UMD.

Basic Search

WorldCat Basic Search

Basic Search Results

Click to enlarge. See explanation to the right.

Basic Search Tips

The basic search works the same as Google. It's a keyword search and WorldCat UMD will give you results that contain all your terms.

Don't worry about being too precise right away; you can narrow down your results later.

More advanced searches are available. See the Advanced Search tab for more details.

Basic Search Results Explained

A lot of information is presented in the search results. The following is an explanation of what you see (numbers in the list correspond to the number labels in the image to the left):

1.    This search resulted in “about 47,500” hits. That’s a lot.
2.    We got so many results because we’re searching Libraries Worldwide plus articles. You can change your search results to this campus only using the drop box. You can also choose University System of MD & partners (which searches all UMD campuses.
3.    The default sort is Library and Relevance, meaning results held by our library are given first priority and are shown first. If you change the sort to any other option (Relevance, Author, Title, Date) you might see relevant items we do not own. See the [acquiring your item] tab to learn how to get them.
4.    A nice feature: the search box is present on every page in WorldCat UMD. This allows you to refine your search as you go along. 
5.    Refine your search by using these facets. 
6.    These are your search results.

A Note on Relevance

WorldCat UMD uses the following information to determine how relevant a result is to your search:

  1. Word matches in the title, author, or subject fields are given highest priority.
  2. Proximity of terms is considered (so phrases should come up first)./
  3. Number of occurrences of the search terms.
  4. Number of holding libraries.
  5. Date of publication. Note also that WorldCat through FirstSearch defaults to a sort by number of holding libraries only. So your results would be different in that database.