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WorldCat UMD

News, tutorials, and tips for using Worldcat UMD.

Why use WorldCat UMD

WorldCat UMD has been optimized for discovery.

This means that even if you are not an expert you are likely to come across something useful for your research.

If you are an expert, you may come across new resources that you wouldn't have found otherwise.

The Basics - Getting Started with WorldCat UMD

WorldCat UMD is a discovery tool that searches libraries worldwide and allows you to search multiple high quality sources at one time. 

New to WorldCat UMD?  Just type in one or two keywords.  WorldCat will give you a Google-like experience.

Advanced searcher? Explore the Advanced Search page, from the Advanced Search page click on 'Add / Remove Databases', and use index labels

Check out other sections of this guide for in-depth explanations.

Accessing WorldCat UMD

Accessing WorldCat UMD 

·         Located on the Libraries’ home page: is a WorldCat UMD search box.


·         Go to

Searching off-campus? 

For best performance, log-in from the University of Maryland, College Park menu drop-down, on upper left of the WorldCat UMD screen

Search Results

Materials that are available to people at the College Park campus will be in the top results. 

Click on the title of the item you want.  Next scroll down and see what options you have for accessing it, for example, the page may say "Find a copy online," "View full text," or "Find a copy in the Library." 

To save the source for later: look at the top right hand corner and use one of these options so you find the item again.

For additional information visit the tab 'Find Your Resource' in this guide.

What is in WorldCat UMD?

Here is some of what you can find in WorldCat UMD:

  • Articles
  • Journal titles
  • DVDs
  • Government Documents
  • Historical Manuscripts
  • Print Books
  • E-Books
  • Sound Recordings
  • Dissertations
  • Music Scores
  • Internet Resources
  • etc.

What is NOT in WorldCat UMD?

  • Some of the 300+ databases in Research Port are ONLY available through Research Port directly.
  • Some of the UMD Special Collections.
  • McKeldin's popular reading collection.
  • Most unprocessed gifts and "on order" materials.
  • Course reserve materials.