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WorldCat and Aleph



What is WorldCat?

WorldCat is a union catalog of library collections, including UF's, administered by OCLC, the Online Computer Library Center.  OCLC is committed to making the WorldCat content widely available through as well as through Web sites, such as Google Scholar and Amazon. 

Is everything in Aleph included in WorldCat?

No, but much is.  WorldCat includes all types of UF material (e.g., books, maps, serials, videos) with some exceptions.

Not included in WorldCat:

  • Provisional records for material on order or on course reserve
  • E-journal records provided through Serials Solutions
  • Selected e-book packages - ECCO (Eighteenth Century Collections Online), EEBO (Early English Books Online), Wright American Fiction Collection, History E-books, Gale Virtual Reference Library
  • Vendor records or vendor content (e.g., Blackwell's table of contents) we are not allowed to upload to WorldCat per license agreements; these records include the status DO NOT OFFLOAD in the technical view
  • Some microform sets - ESTC (English Short Title Catalog), Evans (or Early American imprints, first series), Anti-slavery propaganda in the Oberlin College Library

Are UF holdings accurate in WorldCat?

A reclamation project is underway to assure that our holdings are accurately reflected in WorldCat for the titles we own.  In addition, a priority is to update UF's local serials holdings in WorldCat.

Do the records in WorldCat and Aleph match exactly?

Not necessarily.  Catalogers sometimes revise records when they are loaded into the catalog in order to add local information or to add or correct headings, although current practice is to record all information in WorldCat and minimize local-only data. 


Prepared by: Betsy Simpson

Created: May 4, 2006
Revised: August 20, 2009

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