Using WorldCat Discovery to Search for and Request Books at EKU Libraries


This video will demonstrate the process of
searching for and requesting books using the WorldCat Discovery search. Start at the EKU Libraries homepage, and locate
and click on the link for “Old Search,” which is located in the center of the page. You will then be prompted to log in with your
EKU Microsoft Azure single-sign on. Enter your entire EKU email address. And the same password you use across all your
Azure accounts, such as email, Blackboard, and even EKU parking. A super handy feature of this EKU Azure login,
is that if you’ve already logged in to Blackboard or the EKU Azure account somewhere else, it
won’t even prompt you to log in, and will take you directly to the resource. You should then be taken to the search screen
for WorldCat Discovery. Here you will enter your keywords if you are
looking for books on a topic. If you are looking for a specific book, you
will enter that title. Here we are going to do a example where we
are looking for a specific book, Glennon Doyle’s book, “Untamed.” Notice that the first record is for the book
that we were searching for, “Untamed” by Glennon Doyle. Notice the note that says, “Held by other
libraries worldwide.” This lets you know that EKU Libraries does
not own this book. So if you would like to read this book, if
you would like the library to borrow it, or if you would like the library to buy it, you
then need to request this book. To request this book, start by clicking on
the title of the book, which is also a hyperlink. This takes you to a full record for the book. To start the process of borrowing this book
from another library, or asking that EKU Libraries purchase it for its collections, click on
the “Request Item through Library Express” button. This will take you to your Library Express
account, and should take you directly into a Book/Video Request form, where a lot of
the information is already filled out. Be sure to select the pick-up location best
fitting for you. And this is a great opportunity to use that
Notes field, especially if this is a book that is not currently owned by EKU Libraries. Let us know if you just want to borrow it,
or if you think the libraries should purchase it for the collection, let us know that. You will need to let us know if you can accept
the item in a language other than English, consent to the terms of the agreement, and
then just submit the form. If your form, and your request, was submitted
correctly, you should get a confirmation in two places. Notice at the top, that we see Book Request
Received, along with a transaction number there. You should also see your request confirmed
there in the center, under Outstanding Requests. The status of your request will change as
the Library Express office continues to work on fulfilling your request. You can always log into your Library Express
account and check on the status of your requests. The Library Express office processes requests
Monday through Friday, 8:00 am through 4:30 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST). The Library Express office is closed and does
not process requests on the weekends, or on any university holidays. If you are submitting a book, for purchase
or borrowing, that EKU Libraries does not currently own, please allow time for that
book to arrive from another library, or from a vendor. If you have any specific questions regarding
your requests, don’t hesitate to contact the Library Express office directly. They’re always happy to answer your questions. This video briefly looked at the process of
searching for books in the WorldCat Discovery search, and requesting them using the Library
Express service. If you ever have any questions, or need any
help, don’t hesitate to ask. Good luck!

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