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How To - Do Basic Searches in WorldCat Discovery

Use these tips anywhere

In the search tips, we use Worldcat Discovery - the first search box on the library's homepage - for our examples. However, these tips will work in most of the library databases, too.

Most of these concepts work in Google, too, but in a slightly different way. Check out our Google LibGuide for more information.

Contact Us

If you are finding that WorldCat Discovery's results do not fit your search, you may need to refine or enhance your search strategies, or seek help from a library staff member. 

If you need any help in locating relevant resources, or would like assistance in searching, please contact or visit the Scarborough Library Reference Desk.  

You may drop in at the Reference Desk whenever it is open:

  • M-Th from 9am - 1pm & 2pm – 4pm
  • F 10am - Noon or
  • Scan the QR Code to Ask a Librarian.