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PLA 3003: Prior Learning Practices: WorldCat

Written Tutorial

WorldCat, or the world catalog, lets you search the collections of libraries in your area and around the world. Use the search box in the middle of the page or click on WorldCat under Research.

Step One

You can do a keyword search using multiple terms. You also have the option to set some limiters, such as year, material type, and more.

Notice the green text that says “University of Arkansas - Fort Smith.” If you see this by a title, it means that the Library owns that item. If, however, this does not appear next to an item, there is still a way that you can request it. Click on the title for more information.

The item’s record page contains important citation information as well as an abstract and descriptors to help you determine the item’s relevance.

If you would like to request an item, click “Request via Interlibrary Loan.”

You will be directed to your interlibrary loan (ILL) account and asked to sign in using your UAFS ID and password. Don’t forget to include the @ sign with your ID number. 

Once you have signed in, you will see a request form. Notice that the form already contains the book’s information. All you have to do is hit “Submit Request.” 

When the Library receives your request, it will borrow the book from another institution and you will be notified when it arrives. Books typically arrive within 7-14 days. Interlibrary loan is a free service the Library offers.

Video Tutorial