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Why Use WorldCat UMBC?

  • A truly thorough search for ALL relevant materials on a research topic MUST include a search of WorldCat UMBC.
  • See more search results from a single search, on average, than in any other catalog or database.
  • Find both book and article citations together in a single search.
  • Article citations from these indexes and abstracting databases (Journal articles are NOT FOUND THROUGH catalogUSMAI nor through the UMBC Library Catalog) will appear after book citations:
    • ArchiveGrid
    • ArticleFirst - multidisciplinary index covering 16,000 journals, 1990-; no full text
    • Catalog of Art Museum Images Online
    • Electronic Books
    • Electronic Collections Online
    • ERIC - articles in Education
    • MEDLINE - medical research
    • PapersFirst
    • ProceedingsFirst
    • WorldCat Dissertations and Theses
  • Find citations to materials in thousands of libraries around the world, and in many cases paths to online full text materials, including images, video, and audio recordings.
  • Also, find materials from these key sources:
    • Hathi Trust materials (NOT FOUND THROUGH catalogUSMAI nor through the UMBC Library Catalog) - many full text materials, images, etc.
    • USA Federal documents
    • USA State documents
  • Link quickly from citations to items for which UMBC has online access
  • Search results are organized to appear in this order:
    • Books, then articles and other formats, owned by UMBC (paper and ebooks)
    • Books, then articles and other formats, owned by the University System of MD and affiliated institutions (Morgan State University and St. Mary's College of MD)
      (you can request - immediately, online, from the citation - delivery to you at UMBC)
    • Books, then articles and other formats, from other MD libraries (you can request thru Interlibrary Loan) and e-materials available free online (e.g. from Hathi trust)
    • Books, then articles and other formats, from other libraries in the USA and around the world
  • Easily limit your searches using a clickable menu to select:
    • Full text articles only
    • eBooks or Books only; other formats, such as DVD
    • By Year (e.g. items published in 2008)
    • By Language
    • By Topic, i.e. broad subject area, for example "Business & Economics"
    • ...and others; these limiters allow you to refine a search more quickly than in other catalogs.

Also see our WorldCat UMBC Video Tutorial

Looking for something else? Try one of these other resouces:

  • catalogUSMAI - find books, journals, CDs, and DVDs at UMBC and other institutions in the University System of Maryland and affiliated institutions (Morgan State University and St. Mary's College of MD)
  • UMBC Library Catalog - use this subset of catalogUSMAI to find only the items available at UMBC (not the other 15 libraries in the USMAI), including items in our Special Collections.
  • Searching for journal articles: While you can find some journal articles using WorldCat UMBC, more in-depth searches often require the use of article databases. Please see our subject guides for assistance selecting relevant article databases.
  • UMBC Special Collections materials: Some items in our Special Collections cannot be reached from the above catalogs nor from indexes; go to the Special Collections web pages for more information.
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