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Information on how to use the catalog, operate the microfiche reader, print/copy/scan materials in the library and reserve a study room.
Last Updated: Oct 5, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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What is WorldCat?

WorldCat allows you to search the collections of libraries from around the world, as well as the Thurgood Marshall’s print and electronic resources.   This is an excellent place to start your research if you are interested in manuscripts or special archival materials.  WorldCat is located under Catalogs and Collections from the Libraries’ home page and here.


Basic Search and Results Screen

Here is a search of Thurgood Marshall in WorldCat:


  1. Lists the number of results retrieved (e.g. 1-10 of about 29,949).
  2. You can choose which library to pull results from.  Libraries WorldWide is the default.
  3. Library and Relevance is the default sort; it displays results ranked by whether UMD Libraries own it in addition to the relevance of your search terms. You may change this to Relevance only.
  4. Change your search strategy, or perform a new search in this box
  5. In this column, limit your search by format , author , and other options.
  6. This area displays your search results. To view a detailed record of an item, click the image or title.

Interpreting a Record

These two images illustrate key areas or details within a record: 


  1. The title of the item will be displayed here.
  2. Depending on the item, there might be a summary describing the content of the item.
  3. This area of the record provides Cite/export (e.g. APA, MLA, etc.). Print, E-mail and Add to List capabilities.
  4. Should you want to save and/or copy the URL of this record, use Permalink.
  5. To learn which versions of this title might be owned by UMD Libraries, click: View all editions and formats.
  6. The location of the physical copy of an item is displayed here. Status reveals if an item is in or out of the library.
  7. If an item is checked out, you may Place Hold to get a copy from another library.

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