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WorldCat Discovery release notes, June 2017

Release Date: June 15, 2017


The following release notes are for the June 15, 2017 release of WorldCat Discovery.

WorldCat Discovery June release highlights

Users can now save time on repetitive research tasks with saved searches, discover materials with newly optimized relevance algorithms, and intuitively manage and cite saved items and personal lists.

Include Request ID with problem reports

When reporting an issue with WorldCat Discovery, it is extremely helpful to include the Request ID. The Request ID is found at the bottom of the screen on which the issue occurred. Including this information allows us to directly trace what happened on the request we are troubleshooting.

Request ID

New features and enhancements

Save time on repetitive research tasks with saved searches

Experienced researchers often create queries with complex Boolean logic, multiple facets and specific databases to track new publications from an array of disciplines. To reproduce complex or simple research queries repeatedly, WorldCat Discovery staff and WorldShare Management Services users can save searches to their user account.

Anyone with a WorldCat Discovery user account may save up to 100 searches and manage searches from their account page.

After authenticating, WorldCat Discovery users will see the option to save the search under “Search Tools”:

Save search feature

Clicking “Save this search” produces a confirmation of the saved search criteria with an action to view saved searches:

View saved search

Access saved searches from the navigation bar or “Library Links”:

View saved searches

View, re-run or delete saved searches:

Delete saved search

Redesigned display of action buttons simplifies user experience

Action buttons on search results and detailed records now display horizontally (rather than the previous vertical display). Also, we removed the buttons from the detailed record display on the left side of the screen to reduce duplicate actions.

Action buttons

New relevance algorithms help users find items

Over the last several months, our search algorithms underwent rigorous internal testing and piloting with member libraries. From this review, we determined a need to create two different relevance options: Best Match and Recency. Best Match, formerly known as Relevance Only, retrieves known items that are good matches on visible fields; and Recency retrieves more recent items, often considered more relevant for some academic disciplines. The previous Library and Relevance algorithm has been renamed Library and continues to surface local library holdings.

Please see our May 2017 Product Insights webinar and a recent Discovery Notes post for detailed explanations of the testing behind these changes. These adjustments are part of our ongoing effort to increase the relevance of search results that began with the release of a new search algorithm in August 2016.

To clarify:

  • “Relevance Only” has been renamed “Best Match.” Users with “Relevance Only” as their current default are automatically transitioned to the “Best Match” option.
  • “Library” replaces “Library and Relevance.” “Recency” is an entirely new option.

Filter search results

Set your library’s default relevance algorithm in OCLC Service Configuration -> My -> Relevancy and Scoping->WorldCat Discovery default sort on search results, and select your default sort. The WorldCat Local default sort is no longer supported in WorldCat Discovery.

Configuration for Default on Search results

Please note: WorldCat Discovery relevance options are available only in WorldCat Discovery, and not WorldCat Local.

Successfully manage saved items with intuitive list management

Users can manage their “My Items” more intuitively with clearly-labeled actions.

Manage My Items

As always, items on the “My Items” page are temporarily stored until permanently added to a “My Personal List.”

After logging in with WorldShare Management credentials, users will see the options to either create a new list or to move items to an existing list.

Batch manage items

Immediately cite multiple My Items and My Personal Lists

Users can cite multiple items or entire lists from their “My Items” page or from their “My Personal Lists” when logged in. Users can still export lists and items for use in a citation management system.

Users may select multiple items to cite directly from WorldCat Discovery. Items will display the citation dialogue in the users’ preferred citation style.

Select multiple items

The “My Personal Lists” page allows users to delete entire lists or to cite entire lists.

Delete or cite list of items

New content

This is a list of new databases added to WorldCat Discovery, WorldCat Local and since our last update.

You can enable these databases as search options in the Licensed Content and Databases module of the OCLC Service Configuration site. Please remember that your library must have a valid subscription to these databases in order to enable them.

The complete list of databases is available at

Available in WorldCat Discovery, WorldCat Local and


JSTOR Sustainability Collection – JSTOR offers high-quality, interdisciplinary content to support scholarship and teaching. It includes over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.

From McGraw-Hill Education

F.A. Davis PT Collection – A comprehensive online PT resources that covers the entire spectrum of physical therapy.

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