Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Tuesday's Tip - Use WorldCat.org to Find the Nearest Repository for a Book

This week's Tuesday's Tip is:  Use WorldCat.org to find the nearest repository for a specific book.

A reader emailed me asking where I found the book:

Dean Crawford Smith and Melinde Lutz Sanborn, The Ancestry of Eva Belle Kempton, 1878-1908 (Boston : New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1996).

I went to www.WorldCat.org, and put the book title in the search box:

 After clicking "Search everything" on the screen above, I saw the results:

I selected the first one from the list, and saw:

Further down the screen, WorldCat provides a list of the repositories that hold this book, listed by distance from your zip code (you need to enter it into the form):

There are five pages, about 29 entries, on the list.

The closest repository to me is Fresno County Public Library, about 325 miles away.  I think I read it at  the Family History Library in Salt Lake City many years ago.  I hope my reader is close to one of the listed repositories.

Have you used WorldCat.org to find repositories with genealogy books that you want to read?


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1 comment:

D. Taylor said...

I use WorldCat regularly. The "cite/export" feature assures consistent citation of books to whatever standard you decide upon. (I use Chicago.)

Also, Worldcat can provide all of the information you should need to identify a book for Interlibrary loan.

With a free account, you can create "lists," put books into those lists and move them to create a book workflow. Lists I use include:
Checked for on Internet
Available Locally
Ordered by Interlibrary Loan
Ordered at Family History Center
Available at Boston
Available at National Archives
Available at Allen County Library
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It is an amazing resource. I have written about it several times in my Blog. http://blog.dtaylorgenealogy.com/search/label/WorldCat